How Do I Find a Driver's Version Number?

Find the Version of Installed Driver in Windows 7, Vista, & XP

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Looking for the version number of a driver you have installed? It can be very useful to know, especially when you're about to update a driver or if you're troubleshooting certain kinds of hardware problems.

Luckily, finding a driver's version number is pretty easy, even if you've never worked with drivers or hardware in Windows before.

"How Do I Find a Driver's Version Number?"

You can find an installed driver's version number from within Device Manager, along with other published information about the driver.

The steps involved in finding a driver's version number in Windows differs somewhat depending on which operating system you're using:

See What Version of Windows Do I Have? if you're not sure which of those several versions of Windows is installed on your computer.

Note: Comparing driver versions, as in between a new one available online verses the one you have installed, is only valuable if both drivers are from the same manufacturer or developer. The Driver Provider field provides this information in Device Manager (and is fully explained in the operating specific how-to's linked above).

Tip: If you'd rather, there are programs called driver updaters that exist solely to help determine if a driver needs updated or not. See my Free Driver Updater Tools list for more on these helpful programs.