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How to get the Latest Driver/Firmware Updates for your Dell?


Table of Contents:

  1. Determine the Driver Version in the Device Manager
  2. Determine if a Newer Driver Version Is Available
  3. Video (English Only) - Using the Latest Device Drivers


Article Summary: This article is intended to assist users with identifying newer updated drivers for their Dell computer.


Determine the Driver Version in the Device Manager

Determine the Operating system you need instructions for to access the device manager.


If you are on another computer and need to know what Operating System is installed on the computer you are trying to set-up a wireless network, press and hold the Windows Logo key then press the pause or break key (on notebooks it may necessary to press and hold the FN key before pressing the pause or break key). The System Properties window will open and the Operating System is listed.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Click Settings and then Control Panel
  3. In the Control Panel window, click System
  4. In the System properties window, click on Hardware Tab
  5. Click the Device Manager button
  6. Click the + sign next to the device type for the driver you wish to check.
  7. Double-click the specific device that you wish to check. Click the Driver tab and check the Driver Version: that is currently listed.

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Windows Vista or Windows 7

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Click Hardware and Sound in the Control Panel window.
  4. If your Control Panel is using the Classic View, click System.
  5. Click Device Manager.
    The User Account Control window may appear, if so, click Continue.
  6. Click the + sign next to the device type for the driver you want to check.
  7. Double-click the specific device that you want to check.
  8. In the Properties window for that device, click the Driver tab and check the Driver Version: that is currently listed.

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Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 or Windows 10

  • Press the Windows Key + X to bring up the menu.
  • Click Device Manager from the list.
  • In Device Manager window, click the > sign next to the device type you want to check.
  • Double-click the specific device that you want to check.
  • In the Properties window for that device, click the Driver tab and check the Driver Version that is currently listed.

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Determine if a Newer Driver Version Is Available

  1. Browse to the Dell Support website.
  2. Under the Product Support subheading enter your Service Tag to get a concise list of drivers for your specific product model.
    Click Submit to continue.
    If the Service Tag is not available, select from the following options:
    Click the Detect Product button and click Continue. This will download and install Dell System Detect application which will automatically identify the Service Tag of your Dell computer.
    Or Click the View Products button and click Continue . Next Select your product type, then product line, and finally your computers model.
  3. Click Drivers & Downloads button on the left.
    If you are wanting to install a printer driver,click here.
  4. Above the Refine your results you can optionally select your desired operating system by clicking on Change OS.
    Ensure to select the correct Operating System before downloading any drivers for your computer. Choosing an incorrect Operating System may result in the computer not to boot into the Operating System.
  5. Select the driver you want to download from categories listed on the download page. See Section 5 of the Drivers & Downloads FAQ to understand what's listed in each category.
    Click the Drop Down menu to see which drivers are available for download in each category.
  6. Review the information on the page and take note of Installation Instructions and Important Information.
    If you are using Download Manager to download files,click here.
  7. Click Download File. You may receive a warning and an option to run or save the file. It is always recommended to Save the downloaded files to a single location.
    If you want to download multiple drivers, you can click Add To Download List. Once you have added all the drivers you want to download, click Download.
  8. Click Save.
  9. When the Save As window appears, designate a folder to save the file that is being downloaded and click Save. The download progress window displays.
  10. Make sure the checkbox next to Close this dialog box when download completes is unchecked.
  11. When the download completes click Run or Allow.
    If the User Account Control window may appear, click Continue
  12. A small window will appear with Continue and Exit buttons, click Continue.
  13. In the Select the folder where you want to unzip the files to window, click OK.
  14. If a message appears asking to create a folder, click Yes. If a message appears asking to overwrite the folder, click Yes to All.
  15. In the All files were successfully unzipped window, click OK.
  16. A new window will appear, follow the prompts that appear to finish the installation.




Artikkel-ID: SLN128900

Dato sist endret: 10/14/2015 10:48 AM


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