A graphics driver is the software that allow your operating system and programs to use your computer’s graphics hardware.If you play PC games, you should keep your computer’s graphics drivers updated to get the best performance out of your hardware.If you’re buying a new Windows PC today, your graphics card will manufactured by one of two companies: NVIDIA or AMD.
If you have a desktop or workstation computer: Before you can update the graphics driver, you need to know what kind of graphics card you have.For more information about how to find out what graphics card you have in your PC, click here.Let’s start by going to your Control Panel and then to Device Manager.From there, you’d going to want to click on the Display adapters header to expand the tree. However, in respect to that note about not trusting automated software earlier, we aren’t going to listen to Windows. So, now that we’ve figured out what kind of video card you have, let’s proceed on our quest. lang=en-us You’ll then see the following near the bottom. I’d recommend using Internet Explorer while running this automated check because it tends to handle Active X and browser plugins a little better than most browsers (surprisingly). Afterwards, you’ll either be presented with a screen telling you that you need updated drivers or that your drivers are up to date, or that the automated check failed.In my humble and cautious opinion, there are two things that you should never put automated software in control of when you’re using a Windows system: your drivers and your registry.
Now, there are a whole slew of solutions for you if you’d like to go down that route, but if you’re an experienced user then I’d simply not recommend it.From here, it should be easy to see what your video card is. It may prompt you to install an Active X control or bring up a software installation prompt. If the automated check failed, I strongly recommend you go back and wade through Option 1, manually selecting your card to update.As you can see, I have the ATI Radeon HD 3200, ATI being owned by AMD. Right click on the name of your video card and click Update Driver Software…. The first option, displayed there, is what you want to click to automatically search online for driver updates. If you’re using an AMD/ATI GPU, you want to go here: there, you want to try to Automatically Detect and Install (to the right side). Feel safe to install and run any prompts that come up during the process because browser plugins are required to know what card you’re using.Updating the graphics driver can resolve display issues in Adobe applications.In some cases, updating the graphics driver can resolve stability issues in Adobe applications.To identify the manufacturer and model of the computer's video adapter or chipset, use the Direct X Diagnostic Tool included with Windows 8, Windows 7, and Vista.