Troubleshoot corrupted drivers in Windows

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Many of the problems that we can find in our computer can be due to corrupted or damaged system files. Without them, the Bluetooth, the WiFi, the webcam, the speakers, etc., will not work as they should since they need to be updated to work properly.

The problem of corrupt drivers

A corrupt controller is one that has become unusable or inoperable. When a driver is damaged, the device it controls and to which it is linked becomes inaccessible. Therefore, it will be necessary to repair the corrupted driver as soon as we have detected it to prevent our computer from starting to malfunction.

We must also keep in mind that corrupted or damaged drivers are one of the most common causes of blue screen, audio errors, or black screen errors. Every time a driver becomes obsolete and corrupt, they are incompatible with our operating system, they become a source of problems.

If we want to be sure that a controller works correctly we must select the device and right-click on it. Now we click on “Properties” and a message should appear stating “This device works correctly”. In this way, we will be sure that the driver is correctly installed as far as Windows is concerned.

Troubleshoot corrupted drivers

In the event that we have found a faulty driver, we are going to show you some adjustments that we can make to be able to repair it from the operating system itself.

Update the operating system

Keeping the operating system always up to date can help us troubleshoot any problem with a faulty driver. This is so, because among its functions, it deals with the system drivers, especially within the optional updates. Therefore, before downloading the latest Windows 10 update, we must take a look at the optional updates to include them with the operating system.

Settings and Windows Update

The first thing to do is to press the keyboard shortcut “Windows + I” which will open the Windows 10 Configuration section. Then, click on the “Update and security” section. Finally, we go to the Windows Update section. In the central part we click on «See optional updates». If there are any, we include them along with the Windows ones and click the Download and install button at the bottom.

Use the troubleshooter

Microsoft has included in Windows 10 a tool capable of solving the most common and common problems. This tool will automatically download or repair missing, broken or damaged drivers found on our computer.

In the search box of the Start menu we will write control Panel to select and open it. Next, we change the View by option to “Large icons” and click on “Troubleshooting.”

Control panel troubleshooting

In the upper left part we select «See all».

Troubleshoot see all

Finally, we can only identify the problem from the list to run the troubleshooter. Windows will take care of searching, finding and trying to solve any problem.

Troubleshoot problems with your computer

Update drivers

Having outdated drivers can cause them to end up creating system problems. Therefore, it is important to always keep them updated, something that we can do from the Windows 10 Device Manager.

Update video card drivers

The first thing to do is to press the keyboard shortcut “Windows + X” and select the Device Manager application. Subsequently, we check the list for those devices that have a yellow question mark, which means that it contains errors. We right-click on it and select “Update driver”. In the next window, we select Check for updates automatically. In this way, Windows will look for that driver online and install the latest available version compatible with our computer.

Reinstall the drivers

Another good option in case we have obsolete or corrupt drivers is to uninstall and reinstall them, something that we can also do from the Device Manager.

Uninstall corrupt drivers

Next, we right-click on the driver for the corrupted device and select Properties. We go to the Controller tab and click on Uninstall. Once this is done, we restart the computer and the system will detect the device and install the latest version available. We can also access the manufacturer’s page and download the latest version available for the device.

Third-party applications to update drivers

In order to solve problems with the drivers, we can resort to certain third-party applications that will help us update them to the latest version available automatically to try any problem that may be causing us.

Snappy Driver Installer

It is an application developed to help us with the searches and updates of the necessary drivers for our operating system. It stands out for being a portable tool, so it will not be necessary to install it. We can download updates individually or in batches and automatically create a system restore point, so we can restore it in case of any errors. In addition, it is compatible with all versions of Windows including Windows Server.

Snappy Driver Installer Origin interface

We can download Snappy Driver Installer for free in its Lite version from your Web page.


We are talking about a software that has an extensive package of drivers. Thanks to this we can use it every time we need to update our drivers. Its wide catalog of drivers for all types of hardware will allow us to install them quickly without having to be connected to the Internet. Offers a express diagnosis of our computer, with the ability to make backup copies of the drivers installed in the system. All this is done from a simple and multilanguage user interface, so that we do not have any problem to deal with it. In addition, it has support for different versions of Windows, from 2000 to Windows 10.

SamDrivers Main menu

SamDrivers is a complete driver package for Windows that we can download for free from the developer’s website,