How to use Command Prompt to get a list of installed drivers in Windows [Tip]

Drivers are software that operates desktop or laptop hardware devices. So without the required drivers a hardware device such as webcam won’t work correctly. You can open a list of your drivers with the Command Prompt in Windows.

Open the Command Prompt by entering cmd in the Windows Start Menu search box or Run. That will open the Command Prompt’s window below.

list4Now enter the driver command in the Command Prompt without any extra parameters. Input driverquery and press the Enter key. The Command Prompt will show you a list of your drivers as below. The list includes four columns that give you an overview of your drivers. They include the module name, display name, driver type and link date.

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However, you can open more detailed lists with some extra parameters. For instance, enter driverquery /v in the Command Prompt. That will generate the driver list in the shot directly below.

list3For further details, enter driverquery /FO list /v into the Command Prompt. It generates the list below when you press Enter. That’s probably the best list as it provides more extensive details for driver code, path, type, whether the drivers are running or not and more besides.

listSo you don’t need extra software to get driver lists. With the Command Prompt you can check the driver versions on your system. But you can also get driver lists with freeware software such as DriverView, which includes search tools and print options for the lists.

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  • Frank D

    Thank you for the NirSoft DriverView link. It’s much easier to use and view than the DOS command.