While installing or updating a device driver, you might have wondered where Windows 10 stores all these drivers.
In this article, we’ll take a look at where the drivers are and how to access them.
Driver location in Windows 10
Windows 10 includes hundreds of generic drivers for the most common devices such as sound cards, graphics cards, and printers. There may be times when you need to install a third-party or OEM driver for a device in order to unlock all of its features.
Windows 10 stores all built-in and third-party device drivers in a protected system folder called DriverStore, located under the folder System32. This folder includes all the drivers that are part of Windows 10 as well as any third-party drivers that you may have installed so far.
The path to the folder DriverStore in Windows 10 is as follows:
In the path above, ” VS Is the letter of the drive where Windows 10 is installed.
The folder DriverStore is the main folder. However, you will not find pilots there. When you open the folder DriverStore, you can discover the files en-US, FileRepository, fr-FR and Temp. The folder FileRepository actually contains all the device drivers.
That said, Microsoft could register third-party device drivers outside of the directory. System32 in future versions of Windows 10. This article will be updated as and when changes are made. From Windows 10 version 20H1, Windows System32 DriverStore is the location of the drivers.
Open DriverStore folder in Windows 10
Although you can manually navigate to the folder DriverStore using File Explorer, there is a much easier way to quickly open the folder DriverStore. You just need to copy and paste the following path in the command box Execute (use Windows + R to open Execute) and press the key Entrance.
If Windows 10 is installed on a drive other than drive ” VS By default, please replace the letter in the path above with the appropriate drive letter.
Is it safe to remove drivers from the DriverStore folder?
Never manually remove device drivers from the folder DriverStore, as this may prevent you from reinstalling the drivers when needed. If you want to remove old drivers to save space, use the built-in tool Disc cleaning, which offers an option to remove old drivers.