If you want to check the driver version in Windows 11/10, here is how you can do that. There are multiple ways to find out the version of installed drivers in Windows 11 and Windows 10. This article lists three such methods you can follow to get the job done.
Why do you need a driver version?
There could be multiple reasons why you need to know the version of the driver installed on your computer.
- Let’s assume that you have installed an update, and following that, your computer is acting weirdly. At such a moment, you might need to inform a professional, and that person might want to know the things you have done recently. If so, you need to mention the driver update along with the version so that the professional can check the compatibility.
- Let’s assume that you have just found out that you haven’t updated your driver a long time back, and there is some malware attack going on around your driver. At such a moment, you need to know whether you have the accused version of the driver or not.
How to check the Driver Version in Windows 11/10
To check the driver version in Windows 11/10, follow these methods:
- Using Device Manager
- Using Windows PowerShell
- Using third-party software
To learn more about these steps, continue reading.
1] Using Device Manager
It is the easiest way to find the version of any driver installed on your computer. Whether it is a network driver or an audio driver, you can easily find out your driver’s version. For that, do the following:
- Press Win+X to WinX menu on your computer.
- Select the Device Manager from the list.
- Select a driver you want to know the version of.
- Right-click on the driver and select Properties.
- Switch to the Driver tab.
- Check the Driver Version entry.
It is the version of the installed and selected driver. You can repeat the same steps to find out any driver’s version using Device Manager.
2] Using Windows PowerShell
Windows PowerShell helps you obtain a list of all installed drivers on your computer. The best thing is that you can find online as well as offline drivers on the list. Online drivers are those, which are currently in use, and offline driver denotes the drivers that are currently not in use. To use Windows PowerShell or Windows Terminal’s Windows PowerShell instance to find out driver version, follow these steps:
- Press Win+X to open the WinX menu.
- Select Windows Terminal (Admin) option.
- Click on the Yes option.
- Enter this command:
Get-WmiObject Win32_PnPSignedDriver| select DeviceName, DriverVersion
- Find the driver version in the DriverVersion column.
You can also use the elevated window on Windows PowerShell. For that, you need to search for windows powershell in the Taskbar search box, click on the Run as Administrator option, click the Yes option, and enter the aforementioned command.
3] Using third-party software
There are some third-party software that help you find the version of the installed drivers. For example, you can use the Driver Store Explorer. It is free and open-source software you can download from github.com. After downloading and opening this tool on your Windows 11/10 computer, you need to check the Driver Version column. Apart from the driver version, it also displays the driver class, manufacturer, date, size, device name, etc.
How do I check my drivers on Windows 11/10?
To check your drivers on Windows 11/10, you can use the Device Manager. For that, press Win+X to open the menu and select the Device Manager option. Here you can find all the installed devices and their corresponding drivers. You can expand each option to find out all the drivers.
How do I check my NVIDIA driver version?
To check the NVIDIA driver version on Windows 11/10 computer, you can use any of the three aforementioned methods. The easiest way to check the driver version is by using Device Manager. However, you can also use Windows PowerShell and some third-party tools.
That’s all! Hope this guide helped.
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