Using Dell Update for Windows 10

Tutorial Video

Written Guide

Windows 10 has a number of inbuilt system drivers and it will also obtains many system drivers from Windows Update. This will give base functionality on most systems.

In older systems, which Dell do not officially support to run Windows 10, Windows 10 likely has newer drivers than Dell offer and everything will usually work well with the drivers Windows 10 automatically obtains. In newer systems, systems manufactured in 2012 or later Dell may have some newer drivers than Microsoft automatically obtain on their drivers and downloads page however Microsoft may also have included newer drivers than Dell list on their drivers and downloads page. Users have therefore been confused as to which drivers to download and not to download.

I have been sceptical about Dell Driver Automatic Update Programs which haven’t worked very well when I tested them in the past, particularly with older Windows Versions and written guides instructing users to manually install drivers. Dell Update for Windows 10 seems to work pretty well and only installs system drivers without bloatware such as McAfee (although there are one or two very minor bugs with this program which I list below). I recommend using Dell Update after a clean installation of Windows 10 or after upgrading to a new build of Windows 10. It may be worth periodically checking every couple of months particularly if your system is new.

Dell have released Dell Update Version 3.0.0 and this automatically scans the hardware of the system and checks the installed driver version. If Dell offers a newer driver version it will install it for you.

Dell Update Version 3.0.0 can be downloaded from here:

https://www.dell.com/support/home/uk/en/ukdhs1/drivers/driversdetails?driverId=HGDR1&osCode=WT64A&productCode=xps-13-9365-2-in-1-laptop

Although, Dell list only home models such as the Alienware, Inspiron and XPS systems from about 2012 or newer I have installed Dell Update on a new OptiPlex 7060 and it seemed to work well. It also worked with the 2012 OptiPlex 7010.

Select Download:

Double click the installer:

Select Yes at the User Account Control Prompt:

Select Install:

Select Next:

Accept the License Agreement and Select Next:

Select Install:

Select Finish:

Then select Close:

Right click the Start Button and select Restart:

As Dell Update is going to install drivers and possibility UEFI BIOS Updates – Dell Update must be run as an administrator.

Unfortunately by default it does not run as an administrator. If you click the icon to run the program, it will run without administrator privileges and fail to even search for updates.

Right click Dell Update, select More and then Run as Administrator:

Select the User Account Control:

Dell Update will launch:

Select Check:

If it finds updates, it will list them. Select the maximise button:

In my case the system found a UEFI BIOS Update. Some users may want to uncheck this and manually perform this update. In particularly if they have an older system not officially supported by Dell Update. I am however going to let Dell Update perform the UEFI BIOS Update on my OptiPlex 7060.

Dell Update also found a Critical Bluetooth Update and a Recommended Intel Management Engine Components Update.

I’m going to leave all the Updates checked and select Install:

This is another Bug, when it is done, a warning message comes up, saying another instance of the program is running. Just select Ok:

In some cases, you may get an error message saying x out y of drivers installed successfully but 1 or 2 drivers failed to install. This occurs when a restart is required to install for instance chipset drivers correctly. After a restart, relaunching Dell update, will allow you to install the drivers which failed to install.

The select Restart:

My System then began it’s UEFI BIOS Update. Your system may not do this, if it’s only installed drivers:

After the restart, launch Dell Update again, again right click the icon and select more then run as administrator:

Select Yes at the User Account Control Prompt:

Dell Update will launch:

Select Check:

Dell Update will check your system for the installed driver versions and list any more updates. If it finds these, install them.

If all updates are installed for your system, it will tell you “This system is up-to-date”: