This article provides guidance on using and troubleshooting Dell Command | Update to update all drivers, BIOS, and firmware for your system.
Dell Command | Update (DCU) is a Dell utility that allows you to automate driver, BIOS and firmware updates on your system.
The Dell Command | Update tool allows you to keep your system up to date without you having to know every driver or update needed. It will automatically interrogate your system and compare it to the available updates on dell.com/support for your specific system.
You can download the latest version of the software from the following link: Dell Command | Update (Version 2.3.1, July 2017). Or search for the file within the Drivers & downloads section and the Systems Management category for your computer at Dell Support Website.
Download the latest version then Double-click the file, Then click the INSTALL button on the Dell Update Package screen (Figure 1).
Figure 1. - Dell Command | Update Install screen.
Click YES to the User Account Control (UAC) prompt the click Next on the Dell Command Update setup screen (Figure 2).
Figure 2. - Click Next on the InstallShield Wizard screen.
Accept the License Agreement then Click Next to continue installation (Figure 3).
Figure 3. - Accept License Agreement and continue.
Click the Install button to continue (Figure 4).
Figure 4. - Click Install to begin installation.
When the installation wizard is complete, click the Finish button (Figure 5).
Figure 5. - Click Finish after the installation completes.
Close the Update Package window. And the installation is complete (Figure 6).
Figure 6. - Click Close to finish the full installation process of Dell Command | Update.
You will now find the Dell Command Update application listed on your applications or all programs menu (Figure 7).
Figure 7. - Location of Dell Command Update in Apps menu.
Double-Click Dell Command Update to open. It is recommended you select the Default settings, then Click the OK button (Figure 8).
Figure 8. - Choose default settings and click OK to open the Dell Command | Update applicatoin.
Click the Check button to allow DCU to interrogate your system and identify any needed updates for the system (Figure 9).
Figure 9. - Perform a Check for driver updates.
Depending on how current your system is, you may have several updates, or like in this case a single update. Check the Recommended Updates and Check Automatically restart system (when required) Then click the Install button (Figure 10).
Figure 10. - Click Install to begin installation of recommended updates.
Figure 11. - Customization screen for manual install of driver updates.
Once all the updates are installed (there may be multiple restarts) click the Close button (Figure 12).
Figure 12. - Click Close after updates have installed and system finishes rebooting.
Your system should now be up to date.
On the left side of the main screen "Update History" can be checked to verify which updates have been installed by date (Figure 13).
Figure 13. - Update History screen with report of recent updates.
You can use the settings icon (small gear icon along the top right hand corner) to set up a schedule to help keep the system updates on a continuous basis (Figure 14).
Figure 14. - Set schedule for updates.
Advanced Driver Restore provides a one-click installation of the base driver cab-file to provide device ID’s for all internal devices. Once complete, you can reboot, open DCU and run a check. With All Device ID’s in place, it will pull "ALL" the latest drivers.
Dell hosts all CAB files at the link below
Advanced Driver Restore for Windows Reinstallation process (Figures 15-17):
Figure 15. -Selecting the Advanced Driver Restore option
Figure 16. - The tool preparing for the driver restore
Figure 17. - Enabling the option and selecting the CAB file location to pull the drivers from
You must extract the driver cab for the specific computer onto a USB key or other location. By specifying the location, the CAB file can be loaded to baseline the Device Manger and prepare the system for a full update "Check".
You can export a complete report of all current driver firmware, and BIOS versions by selecting "System Information" on the left side of the main screen. The screen below will provide the option to Export the report (Figure 18):
Figure 18. - Creating a driver information log file.
You can then convert the report to an Excel file. Once the file has been exported to a location, open Excel and navigate to that file. You will see the following option menu when you click to open the file. Choose the top option "As an XML Table" (Figure 19):
Figure 19. - Open report as an XML table.
Click "OK" on the following message that appears (Figure 20):
Figure 20. - Click OK to continue.
Below is an example of an Excel report for the listed drivers and versions of the system (Figure 21). This can be very helpful in verifying that a driver did in fact update to the latest version.
Figure 21. - Excel report of installed drivers and versions.
If you are experiencing issues downloading or installing drivers to your system using Dell Command | Update, use one of the following options.
Using Dell SupportAssist to automatically check for and install updated drivers. Dell SupportAssist is now preinstalled on most all new Dell devices running the Windows operating system and can be found in the Start menu under All Programs in the Dell or Alienware folder. Information on using Dell SupportAssist, as well as a download link to download the utility, is available at the following location: Dell SupportAssist for PCs and tablets.
You can also manually search for and install driver updates for your system at Dell Support / Drivers & Downloads. Once at the Drivers & Downloads site, make sure your system model and operating system is correct, then use the Category drop-down menu to find the latest available drivers for your system.
For additional reference on downloading and installing drivers, please refer to the following Dell Knowledge Base article: Drivers and Downloads FAQs.
Article ID: HOW10760
Last Date Modified: 05/24/2018 09:31 AM
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