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Keyboards are one of the most important input devices for any computer. And that’s why you must keep the software updated to ensure that your top-rated keyboard remains in perfect working order. Fortunately, knowing how to update a keyboard driver is vital, but the process is an easy one. Below, we’ll show you how to do this for Windows and Apple computers.
And for Apple users who might be suffering from keyboard malfunctions, we have an article that clearly explains how to reset a Mac keyboard.
If you are experiencing a keyboard malfunction, but your computer says you have the correct drivers installed, try uninstalling and reinstalling the default driver settings. This trick can sometimes help fix glitches caused by keyboard driver issues.
Installing driver updates is a simple task you can accomplish right through the computer’s device settings menu. But before we take you through the process, we’ll briefly explain what device drivers are and why updating them is essential.
A keyboard driver is a piece of software that facilitates communication from the hardware to the computer’s operating system. For the best results, you shouldn’t (and, in some instances, can’t) operate with outdated or corrupted drivers. They can make the computer freeze or cause any number of problems, which is why updating them is a common solution when figuring out how to unlock your keyboard. And it also can be the fix for why your keyboard beeps when typing.
Press the key combo “Windows +R.” In the search box that appears, type “devmgmt.msc” then press “OK.”
Once you’re in the device manager, find the keyboard icon and open the dropdown menu. Double click the keyboard you currently use, whether it be the built-in device or a wireless keyboard.
After opening the keyboard properties window, look at the top where there are a handful of tabs and select the one that says “Driver.”
There will be a box that says “Update Driver.” Click into this, and then select the option that says “Search automatically for drivers.” If there is an option to install a keyboard driver update, select it. If your computer has no available updates, it will tell you that.
Make a note of any customized keyboard settings before updating your drivers, as the update may clear any custom settings.
Open the settings dropdown by pressing the Apple icon in the top left-hand corner.
Select the option for “System Preferences.”
There will be a list of icons. Double click on the keyboard icon.
Select the box that says “Modifier Keys.”
Once in this section, if there are updates, there will be an option to install the correct driver software.
STAT: As of 2020, an estimated 1.2 billion Windows computers are in use worldwide. (source)