Update or change a device driver

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To update or change a device driver

  1. Open Device Manager.

  2. Double-click the type of device you want to update or change.

  3. Right-click the specific device driver you want to update or change, and then click Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard. Follow the instructions in the wizard.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open Device Manager, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Device Manager.

  • When you are upgrading a driver or installing new hardware, and your computer has access to the Internet, your computer will automatically check Windows Update for an appropriate device driver. For more information on Windows Update, see Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


View information about a device driver
Device Manager overview
Working with MMC console files
Run a program with administrative credentials
Why you should not run your computer as an administrator
Using Run as
Start and stop non-Plug and Play drivers
Using the runas command with MMC