Where and How to Find Drivers on Windows 10?

This article will tell you where are the drivers located in Windows 10 and how to find them. Note that there is a difference between downloading drivers for Windows 10 and finding existing drivers on your computer. If you want to install drivers on Windows 10 (GPU, chipset, Wi-Fi, etc), you need to visit the manufacturer’s website and look for the downloads section. In this article, we will focus on how to find drivers on Windows 10.

Find Drivers on Windows 10

Windows 10 stores drivers with various file extensions, such as inf, sys, and others, in different folders on the system drive C:. It is worth mentioning that Windows 10 and Windows 11 have a lot of built-in “passive” drivers for the different devices you might use in the future. That is why many peripheral and internal components are “plug and play” compatible.

You can find drivers location on Windows 10 in C:\Windows\System32\drivers. That folder keeps active drivers with the sys extension without installation info files (inf).

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You can also find drivers for Windows 10 in C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository. This directory keeps all system drivers and those you have previously installed. Those drivers are ready for installation and include inf files.

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Note that the FileRepository folder can grow with time and eat up tens of gigabytes on the system drive. That happens depending on how many devices you use and how often you update drivers for them. If the folder gets too big, use standard disk cleanup tools in Windows to reclaim the lost storage.

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Finally, there is the C:\Windows\INF folder with inf files for active devices and components currently running on your computer. In some cases, Windows 10 can store drivers in the DRVSTORE folder inside the System32 directory.

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How to Find a Driver for a Specific Device in Windows 10?

The easiest way to find where Windows 10 keeps drivers for a specific device is to use Device Manager.

  1. Right-click the Start menu button and select Device Manager. how to find drivers in windows 10
  2. Find the device you need in its corresponding category. Here is an example: Cameras > Lenovo 500 RGB Camera.
  3. Right-click the device and select Properties. where to find drivers on windows 10
  4. Switch to the Driver tab and click Driver Details. where are the drivers located in windows 10
  5. Device Manager will open a new window and list all drivers the system is currently using for the specified device.

That is how you find drivers in Windows 10.

Cyril Kardashevsky

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