Guide to Update HD Graphic Driver on Computer

By Carrie Murray, Friday, July 14, 2017

"I tried to update my Intel HD Graphic driver to the version 21.20.16.4550, but can't and got this error messages: "this computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software". Tried both the zip and exe file but ended up with the same error messages. What should I do?"

I believe that you have seen a lot of similar threads on different PC forums. A up-to-date Intel HD Graphic driver is very important for video games, Photoshop and other programs to run properly on your PC. But errors pop up when you:

  • Download wrong driver for your PC (for example, trying to installing driver for 64-bit computer on 32-bit computer);

  • You have a computer running on switchable graphics with two video cards, Intel and a third party hardware device, e.g. Nvidia, ATI.

    Can Not Install Graphic Driver

For those who have trouble updating Intel HD Graphic driver for Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc., here is the guide to update HD Graphic driver on Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista in three ways. Choose the one that best fits your need.


Method 1. Use Device Manager to Update your Intel(R) HD Graphics Driver

Normally, you can download the generic version of the latest Intel HD Graphics driver from Intel's website and run the installer to install the updated driver on your computer. But some users got error when trying to installing the generic Intel graphics driver on their PCs. The error says:

"The driver being installed is not validated for this computer. Please obtain the appropriate driver from the computer manufacturer."

This is because that your computer manufacturer does not allow the installation of generic Intel graphics driver. But you force install the Intel generic driver by manually update the Graphic driver with Device Manager for Windows 10/8/7.

  1. Download the suitable version of Intel HD Graphic driver on your computer. Please make sure that you have the right version for your 32-bit/64-bit computer.

  2. Open Control Panel and choose Device Manager.

  3. On the Device Manager window, navigate to Display adapter category and select Intel HD Graphic device.

    Windows Update Driver Manually

  4. Right click the Graphic hardware and choose Update Driver Software…

  5. On the pop-up window, click Browse my computer for driver software.

    Browser Computer for Graphic Driver

  6. Click Browse and locate the Graphic driver that you have downloaded. Then choose the driver to install on your PC.

    Locate Graphic Driver


Method 2. Use Windows Update to Update your Intel(R) HD Graphics Driver

You can also update your Intel HD Graphic driver through Windows Update. This can avoid the problem of installing incompatible graphic driver or failing to update the driver manually. However, with Windows Update, you may be unable to install the generic version that you need. So if you need to keep Intel HD Graphic driver up-to-date for your computer games, Windows Update may not be a good choice for you.

  1. Open the Start menu on your Windows 10/8/7 and choose Settings.

  2. Click Update & security > Windows Update. Choose Check for updates.

    Check for Update

  3. And you will have to wait for a while to Windows load all available update. If there is any update, you will see a link for the available update.

  4. Click the link. Select the Intel graphic driver that you want to update, and choose Install Update.


Method 3. Use Driver Talent to Update your Intel(R) HD Graphics Driver

If you need to keep your Intel HD Graphic Driver up-to-date all the time, you find it too troublesome to manually update the driver. Driver Talent can be your good helper to keep drivers up-to-date. It can:

  • Detect your PC and graphic device model;

  • Provide you all available drivers for your Intel HD Graphic hardware;

  • One click to install the driver on your PC.

Here we use the free version of Driver Talent to update graphic driver. You can further simplify the process by updating to the pro version.

  1. Free download Driver Talent on your PC.

    Windows Version Download
  2. Launch the program and click Scan to scan out all drivers on your computer.

    Scan Drivers

  3. Click Latest driver for Driver Talent to display only the latest drivers.

  4. Find your Intel HD Graphic driver and click the arrow down button to choose the version that you want.

    Download Graphic Driver

  5. Click Download to download and install the driver on your PC.

After that, you can reboot your PC for the new graphic driver to take effect.

Besides updating graphic drivers, Driver Talent can also detect and repair problematic drivers, backup and restore drivers. It is an all-in-one drivers manager for Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

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