Updating drivers is essential for maintaining performance, security, and in some cases accessing new features on hardware and devices, such as network adapters, monitors, printers, and video cards.
Dell Support website offers drivers that are developed for Dell products and are verified by Dell. These drivers are provided for operating systems that Dell validates and supports for each sold product. Drivers for MacOS or Linux operating systems are available only if the product like monitor or printer has been tested for such operating systems.
If you have upgraded your operating system to Windows 10, Dell provides drivers only for computers that have been tested for Windows 10. Please refer to the knowledge base article, Dell computers tested for Windows 10 Upgrade to see if your computer has been tested for Windows 10.
Please note that Microsoft may provide native or built-in device drivers as part of Windows 10 operating system or via Windows Update.
If Windows 10 device drivers are not available on the Dell Drivers & Downloads and are not available through Windows Update, your computer may not be compatible with Windows 10 upgrade. Dell recommends that you install the original operating system that was shipped with your computer for the best hardware experience.
Native or built-in device drivers are integrated into the operating system and provide functionality for many devices that support plug and play technology, such as USB, CD/DVD drive, webcam, keyboard, mouse, touchpad, and so on. Native or built-in device drivers are automatically installed by the operating system.
Dell Support website provides drivers for previous versions of the operating systems if they were provided as a downgrade option at the time of purchasing the computer. For example, when you purchase a Windows 10 or 8.1/8 computer with a downgrade option to Windows 7, device drivers for Windows 7 will also be available on the Dell Drivers & Downloads.
Based on the operating system installed on your computer, expand a section below for more information.
Windows Updates can automatically download recommended drivers and detailed information for your hardware and devices. Windows Update can automatically check if there are drivers available for new devices that you connect to your computer. This is a good way to make sure all your hardware and devices work properly.
Windows updates can support your Windows operating system in many ways. Windows updates can solve specific problems, provide protection from malicious attacks, or even add new features to the operating system.
Device drivers for Linux come in two variants, Open and Closed (proprietary). Open drivers are open source, while closed drivers are proprietary drivers that are supplied by the device manufacturer for use only with it's devices or systems.
All the device drivers, open and closed, required to run in Linux (Ubuntu, RedHat, etc.) that was shipped with your Dell computer are included in the factory installed Linux operating system.
Device drivers for ChromeOS is embedded into the operating system. It is not necessary to update the device drivers on Chromebooks. Dell Chromebook automatically checks for and downloads updates when connected to the internet using Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
Dell Printer Uninstalling, Downloading and Installing Printer Drivers, Software, Manuals and Firmware
(Refer to the sections on how to uninstall and update the drivers, firmware and get the manual(s) for your Dell printer.)
Installing Printer Drivers From a Previous Version of Windows
(When drivers for the latest version of window are not available for your Dell Printer, refer to the instructions on how to install drivers from an older version of Windows.)
Installing Dell Laser Printers on Non-Windows Systems
(Refer to the differnt sections for links to articles on how to install your Dell printer on a non-Windows computer.)
How to Use and Troubleshoot Non-Dell Branded Printers
(Refer to the Non Dell Printer Drivers, Manuals and Support section on how to get additional support, drivers and manuals for your non-Dell printer(s), directly from the printer manufacturer.)
Article ID: SLN311232Last Date Modified: 06/19/2020 09:47 AM