Get the latest drivers on your Windows PC

Update the drivers on your Windows PC to make sure Apple software and related hardware work correctly.

This article covers what drivers are and where to find the latest versions. If you connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod device to your computer with a USB cable and iTunes doesn't recognize the device, get help.

About Windows drivers

A driver is software that allows your computer to communicate with a piece of hardware. Your PC consists of many hardware components, such as your hard disk, optical drive (CD or DVD drive), USB card, and video card. All these devices and more require drivers to function.

Windows includes drivers for many common devices, but it might not contain the latest drivers available for your hardware. Also, Windows Automatic Update will sometimes install the latest drivers, but not always. This is why you might have to check the website of the maker of the individual components in your PC.

If you have any questions about installing updated drivers on your computer, contact the manufacturer of your computer. 

Get the latest drivers

Check to see if there are updates to Windows. Also check your computer manufacturer's website for updates, particularly for updates to the CD or DVD drive, graphics card, and sound card.

You might need to go to the company that made the component if an update isn't included in Windows or from the computer manufacturer. In this case, the first thing you need to do is find out which company made the component. If you aren't sure whether your Windows-compatible PC or its hardware are up to date, contact your computer manufacture or a local PC computer repair shop.

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