Many PC users are reaching out to us asking if Windows 10 drivers will work when they upgrade to Windows 11. In this guide, we will try to answer this question.
Are Windows 10 drivers compatible with Windows 11?Yes, most drivers that are compatible with Windows 10 support Windows 11 as well. Because Windows 11 is based on Windows 10 and is not radically different, drivers released for Windows 10 will work on Windows 11 as well.
That said, some drivers that have not been updated for many years might not function properly in Windows 11. For example, a driver that was originally released for Windows 7 might work with Windows 10, but that does not necessarily mean that it will continue to function well in Windows 11 as well.
A significant percent of OEMs has been updating drivers for Windows 11. Even otherwise, you should not have any driver compatibility issues in Windows 11.
How to check if a driver is compatible with Windows 11?The easiest way to know if a driver is compatible with Windows 11 is to visit your PC or hardware manufacturer’s website and check for driver details. The driver download page usually displays information about the compatible versions of the Windows operating system.
Even if a driver has not been updated for Windows 11, it’s likely to support Windows 11. But, again, a quick search on the web (with the name and version of the driver) might give you the exact information.
You can also use the official PC Health Check app, which scans your Windows 10 installation and tells you if your PC can run Windows 11. The app should also be able to tell you if a driver is not compatible with Windows 11.
The best way is to install the driver itself on Windows 11!!
We advise you to update all Windows 10 drivers to the latest version before upgrading to Windows 11. You can refer to our how to manually update drivers in Windows 10 guide for directions.