How to Update Your Video Card Drivers on Windows 7 and Windows Vista

19. January 2017 Software 0

Video card drivers are important for all computers because they tell the operating system (Windows 7) how to operate your video card. Updating your video card drivers is sometimes required when one wants to run a game which demands a more up to date driver. It’s very important to choose the right drivers for your video card otherwise your computer may crash. By following these simple instruction you too can update your video card drivers.

Go to the windows start button (bottom left of your screen), click it and then select ‘control panel’ from the menu that pops up. You then need to find the ‘display’ control panel. If you can’t see it, you need to go to the top right of this new window and change the ‘View by:’ to show ‘large icons’. Then you will find it.

UPDATED For Windows Vista and Windows 7

control panel

Then you need to click on ‘change display settings’ on the left hand side:

change display settings

Then select ‘advanced settings at the bottom right corner:

advanced settings at the bottom right

You then have a window that shows something like this. In my case, it my video card is an ATI radeon 5700 series. This is the information you need to know, in order to get your video card drivers. The company is likely to be ATI, nvidia or intel, or possibly another less-well known one.

ATI radeon 5700 series

For Windows XP

There are two steps to updating your video card drivers. Don’t worry, its quick and easy. Here goes:

STEP ONE – What Video card do you have?

Presuming you have Windows XP, the quickest way is to right click your windows desktop (wallpaper) and select ‘properties’ from the drop down menu that appears. A window like this will open:

Windows XP

This is the ‘Display control panel’ for Windows (its similar for windows 98, me and 95). You want to select the ‘settings’ tab at the top right of this window…

Display control panel

Now click the button marked ‘advanced’ at the bottom right…


Ok this window (above) may have a different number of tabs on your PC, click the ‘adaptor’ tab


Here at the top where it says ‘adaptor type’, is your video card. In my case, it’s a NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT. Make a note of this.

STEP TWO – Installing the drivers

Just double-click the file you downloaded, and follow the instructions. They will probably get you to restart your PC once they have been installed. Once you reboot, you might have to adjust your screen settings again (often they default back to a really ugly low resolution.)

You now have updated your video card drivers! If you were experiencing poor performance, or video card related bugs, they may now be fixed!

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