Update Your Graphics Card Drivers in Windows 8

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Your graphics card, also called a video card, is the component of your computer that accelerates the rendering of 2D images and 3D graphics. If you are having issues playing a video game or watching a movie on your computer, the first step in the troubleshooting process is updating the drivers for your graphics card. Use the Device Manager to locate and update your graphics card.

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    Open the Search app.
    From your computer's main screen, move your mouse to the bottom right corner. After hovering the mouse pointer there for a few moments, a menu pops into view from the right side. Navigate to the Search icon, located at the very top of this menu. Click on the icon to open the Search app.
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    Search for Device Manager.
    Enter "Device Manager" into the search field. There are three filters beneath the search field: Apps, Settings and Files. Click on the Settings option, and then click on Device Manager.
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    Locate your graphics card.
    In the Device Manager window, navigate to the Display Adapters option. Click on the arrow to the left of this option to drill down. Your graphics card is listed under this option.

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    Update the driver software.
    Right-click on your graphics card to pull up a menu of options. From this menu, select "Update Driver Software". This causes a new dialog window to open. Select "Search automatically for updated driver software" to start the process.

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  • If you recently changed your graphics card, it may not show up under Display Adapters in the Device Manager window. To correct this issue, right-click "Display Adapters", and then select "Scan for hardware changes."
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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