Windows 10: Manually Install a Network Adapter Driver

NOTE: If your Network Adapter does not appear in your Device Manager list at all, please see the steps at the bottom of this article.


To Manually Install a Network Adapter Driver in Windows 10:

1. Click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen, and type Device Manager into the Search bar.

start button/device manager icon

2. Locate the Network adapters drop down menu.

network adapters drop down menu

3. Right-click on the network adapter in the list, and select Update Driver Software.

update driver software button

4. Choose Browse my computer for driver software from the dialog box displayed.

browse my computer for driver software button

5. Click Browse to select a location where the files are stored, and then select Next.

browse for driver software on computer

6. Follow the steps to finish installing the driver, and then click Close.


If your Network Adapter is not shown in the Adapters List:

You will need to manually install the driver from the manufacturer's website via an ethernet (wired) connection. To do so, see the following steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R, then type msinfo32 into the box. Click Run.
  2. Expand the Components menu on the left, then expand Network. Afterwards, select Adapter.
  3. On the right hand side of the window, look for an entry that is called a "Wireless Adapter". You can ignore all other adapter types, such as Network adapter, Virtual adapter, etc.
  4. From the Wireless Adapter, take note of the brand of the adapter as well as the exact model number. Once you have recorded this information, please search online for the device driver for this specific model on the manufacturer's website. Further installation instructions should be available on the same page.


Referenced from: Microsoft

4/7/2020 3:11:27 PM