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How to update CPU drivers – 2 methods (with pictures)

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Last Updated on April 17, 2024
How to update CPU drivers
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If you were wondering how to update CPU drivers, we’ve got everything you need to know right here.

When we hear update your drivers, we automatically think about the GPU drivers, but its counterpart also deserves some attention, and there are drivers for the CPU as well. However, since that doesn’t get much attention, you might be wondering how do you even update CPU drivers. And we’re here to answer that question for you.

We’ve put together this quick guide to help you update your CPU drivers, so let’s get right to it. 

Quick Answer

To update the drivers search for “Device Manager” in the search bar on the taskbar, hit enter, locate processors, right-click on them, and hit “Update drivers.”

How to update CPU drivers on Windows 10 and Windows 11

Updating CPU drivers is straightforward. The CPU brand doesn’t matter, so the process is similar whether you’ve got an AMD or an Intel processor. Follow the steps below to update the CPU drivers. 



Using the device manager

Updating the CPU or any driver is easy through the device manager, and here is how to do it.

  • Press “Windows Key + Q,” type “Device manager,” and hit enter.
    Type in Device Manager
  • This should open the device manager window that lists all the components in your PC.
  • Locate “Processors” and click on it to expand it.
    Locate processors
  • Right-click on the processors and click on “Update driver.”
    Click on update driver
  • This should open another window with two options: “Search automatically for drivers” and “Browse my computer for drivers.”
    Update CPU drivers two options
  • Selecting the first option will start the search for the latest drivers. When they’re found, the system will automatically download and install them.

You can also manually update them by selecting the second option, but you’ll have to complete a prerequisite. You’ll have to go to the manufacturer’s website, AMD support, and Intel support and search for your CPU’s drivers against the operating system you’re using. Once you’ve downloaded the right drivers, select the “Browse my computer for drivers” option, navigate to where the drivers are downloaded, and select them.



Perform a Windows update

Updating your Windows version can also update the accompanying drivers, including CPU drivers. Here is how to do it.

  • Press “Windows Key + i” to open the control panel
  • Type “Check for update” in the search bar and select the first option, “Check for updates.”
    Type check for update
  • This should open the Windows Update window, and from there, click on “Check for updates.”
    Click on check for updates
  • This will start the search for available updates and patches and start installing them if there are any.
    Installing windows updates
  • Once the process is completed, you might get a prompt asking you to restart your device now or at a later time to finalize the update.

Wrapping up

This was everything you needed to know about updating CPU drivers. Hopefully, you can update the drivers automatically or manually and get the best performance from your system. One thing to note is that getting the drivers from official sources like Nvidia, AMD, and Intel is always recommended to ensure you’re getting the right and verified software. 

That said, even after updating your CPU drivers, the performance isn’t quite where you want it to be; there is a possibility that it’s thermal throttling due to old thermal paste or restricted airflow. To the end, we recommend you check out our top picks for the best thermal pastes, best CPU coolers, and the best airflow PC cases

However, if these solutions don’t work, it might be time to say goodbye to your current CPU and bring in the latest technology. If you’re interested in that, we recommend you check out these options.

Ussamah works as a content writer and editor at BGFG. He is experienced in tech, hardware, gaming, and marketing.