Drivers aren’t something that you need to be terribly worried about anymore unless you’re a gamer, but when you are troubleshooting a problem it can be useful to see what you have installed. But who wants to click through every item in Device Manager?
For the most part, you can just use the drivers included in Windows Update, but if you have a high performance PC with a good graphics card, you’re probably going to want to install the latest graphics drivers. Listing out the drivers can also quickly tell you what version you currently have installed, which is pretty useful.
How to List All Installed Windows Drivers
Luckily there’s a built-in utility that will spit out a list of all the installed drivers, and it couldn’t be simpler. All you need to do is open up a command prompt and type in the following:
That will give you a list of the drivers and date associated to each. If you want more information, like the actual driver file, you can use the /V command, which you might consider pairing with
| more so it doesn’t go flying by.
There are a number of other options that will spit out the results to a CSV file format or show you which drivers are signed. You can use /? as the command to see how they work.
If you aren’t a big fan of the command line, you can use the freeware InstalledDriversList utility from NirSoft. The great thing about NirSoft is that he never bundles crapware or spyware with any of his utilities. We’ve been huge fans for years, and we’ll continue to be.
Once you download and extract the utility from the zip file, you can simply run it to see all the details. You can double-click on anything in the list to see more information, and there are a lot of extra columns of information that show everything from the path of the driver to the version and date.
The green icons indicate that Windows is currently using that driver, while yellow means that it is installed but not activated. If you see a red icon, that means that there’s probably an issue with that driver, which can be a great way to troubleshoot.