Windows 10 Basic Device manager and drivers explained

welcome to this Windows Channel and

today in this basics episode we're going

to take a look at the device manager and

take a look at what our drivers in

Windows and in pcs so to go to the

device manager what you'll do you'll go

on the bottom left and right click on

the start button here you'll go into

device manager directly the device

manager is a list of all the hardware

all the devices in your computer and

also plug down your computer so for

example printers with this list what you

can see is first of all problems if

there's something wrong or maybe a

missing driver now you want to have a

neat list like I have with no issues

this is the best way you'll have a

working in computer that has no issues

but if you've got problems usually

you'll see that some parts might be open

like this and there have little icons it

could be a red X saying it's disabled it

could be a yellow question mark and

unknown device happens very often

there's unknown devices in this list and

sometimes it explains why some features

that you want to use some hardware a

printer or any other thing mean your

webcam doesn't work maybe it doesn't

have its driver when you look here you

can actually look at all the drivers by

simply opening the tab next to the

driver so this is display adapter which

is what shows a picture of the screen

and you can double click and check out

what it brings up in the in the driver

information so first of all you have the

general tab this general tab what it

does it explains to you that for example

here the device is working properly got

to be careful because device working

properly doesn't mean that the device is

ok an example of that is if the driver

is missing for the display adapter very

often is going to say VGA display basic

display adapter or VGA adapter or

whatever that you know for a tech guy I


it means drivers missing but for

somebody that doesn't know it's still

going to say the device is working

properly it just doesn't have the

correct driver you can also click driver

at the top and this is the useful

information for a lot of tech guys why

because you have always the driver

version you have the driver date and you

have the driver provider so here it's

AMD Advanced Micro Devices it says that

my driver was installed I believe on the

3rd of August 2015 or this is the driver

date the driver was made on that date

driver version so this is a number

that's useful also because you can go

back for example I would go to the AMD

website check for AMD Radeon HD 7600 M

series and I'll check if there's a

device driver that is more recent very

often I don't really look at the version

I'll look at the date and simply take

something that is newer but once again I

have to say when a driver works fine

don't check for updates you know some

people are maniacs about updates on

drivers I'm not I used to be and what

happened is one day I updated a driver

and something went wrong and computer

didn't work well so basically you know

if it ain't broke don't fix it don't

touch any drivers even if there's new

drivers sometimes for a specific item

don't update them you know what just

keep it like that if your computer runs

fine I don't really want you to update

and I don't update the drivers but if

something goes wrong there's also

another way you can either click the

update driver button here at the bottom

it's going to search for an updated

version you can check the web if there's

a new fusion it's going to install it

automatically but it doesn't mean

there's no update to the driver if it

doesn't find anything because some

drivers you need to go to the

manufacturer directly to get so you go I

would go here to the AMD website and

check for the Radeon HD 7600 M

series driver latest driver if I had

display problems for example some

drivers have the rollback feature so for

example if you've updated your driver

and all hell breaks loose it can click

roll back driver and it's going to send

you back to the driver you had before so

if something goes wrong you can do that

another feature that's interesting about

drivers is that it is possible to

disable them temporarily so for example

if you suspect one piece of hardware is

causing problems you can click on it and

click the disable button what that does

is that it actually you know disables

that piece of hardware it doesn't work

anymore in Windows and you can check out

if for example your computer maybe is

running fine after that you'll know the

driver is probably the culprit and of

course you have the uninstall button

when you uninstall the driver the reason

why you want to uninstall a driver is

sometimes the driver can be problematic

maybe you have a corrupt driver maybe

have a driver that's kind of working

bizarre what you could do is try to

uninstall the driver and once it's

uninstalled you would go into the action

at the top and click scan for hardware

changes and it's going to reinstall

itself or you can actually download a

new driver uninstall this one download a

new one and try the new driver on it and

hopefully it fixes the issues one thing

you need to be with drivers is smart if

you've got problems on a computer try to

think what driver will cause this type

of failure example no Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi is

bugging you it doesn't work all the time

then I would go into network adapters

and check out the Wi-Fi driver check the

version check if there's something new

maybe there's a new one with a you know

2015 date instead over that 2014 driver

no sound sounds working bad you can

click here and say ok speak good let's

see here we got Logitech

sorry we've got real tech i definition

audio you can maybe check if there's

something new about this something you

know more recent try of course the

update so you can click and say well i'm

going to go into driver and try to

update driver here and see if there's

something new go to the manufacturer

check for a updated driver now this is a

very complex issue and it's very

difficult in a video to explain

everything but a good tech guy then you

know when the computer goes wrong a good

tech guy will often go see the driver

and see if everything is okay basically

drivers are a little piece of code a

little piece of software that run in

your computer and explains to windows

how that hardware works so for example

if you have a printer plugged on the

driver for the printer we'll say two

windows ok send me the documents you

want to print in this way in order for

me to do the job and send it to the

device it's the same for you know the

display driver display driver here is

telling windows ok to display properly

you have to send me this signal in this

way and i'll display it correctly on the

screen it's kind of that little you know

bridge between the that hardware part in

windows and that's why drivers are so

essential in so important because they

are basically the first piece of code

that windows users to actually make your

computer work correctly so it's very you

know interesting to look at it and it's

very important that you know that it

exists a lot of people don't know it

that device driver is and/or where you

to look for so knowing where the device

manager is is very very important so

basically that's the big picture of the

basics of the device manager and once

again if everything works fine don't

have great drivers just leave in

loan usually drivers when they work fine

are a great little piece of code but you

know updating a driver can cause

problems sometimes depends on the driver

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