Sometimes, we don’t get the PCI device driver pre-installed on our Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC or sometimes it gets deleted by mistake. A PCI device driver is one of the useful components of the computer if you keep on connecting external devices to the computer very frequently. Even though it has nothing to do with day to day usage of Windows 11/10 and to keep it running but PCI device driver helps in working the ports as it was made to.
What is a PCI Device Driver?
PCI stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect, and as the name implies, it is an industry-standard driver that allows external devices to communicate with the computer. It connects the PCI slot to the motherboard and allows it to function properly. It’s an essential component that allows your PCI devices (hardware) to communicate with the motherboard via the slot. Missing device drivers can be very inconvenient because they prevent external devices or hardware from working properly or from being connected to the computer.
You can simply check whether the driver is present on your Windows PC or not. If you see a yellow exclamation mark next to one of your PCI devices listed under unknown devices, that means the PCI driver is missing from your computer. In that case, you will have to manually install the driver. Let’s check the methods using which you can download the PCI device driver in your Windows PC to fix the missing problem.
How to Fix PCI Device Driver Missing in Windows 11/10
Method 1: Using device manager
You can download or update the PCI device driver using the device manager. You will follow the same method you use to update drivers via the device manager. To begin, right-click on the start button and then click on device manager, Here you can find and update the drivers. Look for the PCI driver, right-click on it and choose update automatically. After completing the process, check whether the issue got fixed for you or not. If not, then follow up on the steps mentioned below.
Method 2: Manually download it
To manually download the PCI driver, open the device manager and locate the device that does not have a driver installed; usually, a yellow exclamation mark icon will indicate this. Now, right-click it and select Properties, then go to the Details tab and click the property and select Hardware IDs from the drop-down list. Copy the code that appears now. Now go to the manufacturer’s driver download page and paste the ID you copied. Choose the appropriate operating system and 32bit/64bit, then download it.
Also, in most cases, Windows 11/10 operating system downloads the driver automatically as soon as you connect the device and the PC to the internet. But sometimes, it doesn’t work. So you will have to manually download it. You can try the methods mentioned above.
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