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. Those drivers are provided for operating systems that Dell validates and supports for each sold product.
If you have upgraded your operating system to Windows 10, Dell provides drivers only for PCs 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 PC 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 PC may not be compatible with Windows 10 upgrade. Dell recommends that you install the original operating system that was shipped with your PC 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, etc. 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 PC. For example, when you purchase a Windows 10 or 8.1/8 PC 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 PC, 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 PC. 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 PC 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.
Article ID: SLN311232
Last Date Modified: 05/07/2019 11:31 AM
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