People often underestimate the power of MSI as a company, you know.
Of course, most people know MSI as a manufacturer of motherboards, laptops, desktops, and graphics cards. However, it is a little-known fact that the company has many series of products in each category. Indeed, you may not be using all products from MSI to build your dream computer.
Having said that, you may end up choosing MSI as the manufacturer for your motherboard or graphics card. It means you should have a clear understanding of MSI drivers if you want to keep your PC running smoothly. And this part could be a little more challenging than you think.
We should state the obvious. Unfortunately, most people think that finding the proper MSI drivers and taking care of them is a Herculean task. There are a couple of reasons for this.
First, MSI hardware products are not as popular as hardware products from ASUS or Gigabyte. The second reason is connected to this false idea of popularity. Therefore, many users assume it will be difficult for them to acquire these drivers and maintain them.
As it happens, though, you can effectively deal with MSI drivers using a short and crispy guide. In this guide, we have answered some important questions you may have about MSI and software drivers.
What Are MSI Drivers?
MSI drivers are system-level software that enables the communication between MSI hardware products and the OS/apps. Depending on the hardware product we are dealing with, the functions of the MSI drivers may vary quite extensively.
For instance, we can take the case of a motherboard from MSI. You need the MSI drivers to control different aspects of the motherboard. In addition, these drivers may allow you to monitor various parts of the device and enable certain features.
On the other hand, when it comes to a graphics card from MSI, you will focus more on performance control, temperature monitoring, etc. Furthermore, MSI drivers for motherboards will enable some essential features like audio, network, and display.
As you may know, motherboards contain many circuits, including the ones for basic input and output. Some of them are onboard audio, built-in ethernet, and motherboard control options.
Most of these parts will not work unless you have installed the proper driver software on your computer. Getting MSI drivers from the correct place ensures that you can enjoy a seamless computing experience.
You must remember that you would need these primary MSI drivers even if you plan to attach third-party audio or networking modules to the motherboard. For instance, you may want to set up a PCIe-based LAN card on your MSI motherboard.
However, before you can finalize this decision, you will have to set up the primary MSI drivers and create a working OS environment. Otherwise, you may not get the main features even after installing the sound card/network card.
Long story short, MSI drivers are necessary software packages when you use a motherboard or different PC components from the manufacturer. As we said, finding these drivers and installing them on your computer would not be a cumbersome task, either.
How to Find MSI Drivers?
You can probably guess the best way to find MSI drivers: the official website. But, as you know, MSI is a trusted brand that caters to different types of users. Therefore, the company has created a centralized platform that offers all kinds of support software.
It means you can download the necessary driver software for hardware products from this single website. For instance, you will be able to find BIOS updates, drivers, and other software updates from the platform.
Having such a platform makes things easier than ever, primarily if you use multiple products from MSI. You can use the following steps to find suitable MSI drivers for your computer. Make sure that you use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge to finish these steps. If you use non-modern browsers, some components of the page may not appear.
You have to open the Download page of MSI Support. You can access the page using this link.
Scroll down until you see a section called ‘Find Your Product.’
Using the series of drop-down menus, you can select multi-level identifiers of the product. First, you have to specify the product you are looking for. Then, you can choose the product category and the product type.
For instance, in motherboards, you can find product types such as PRO Series, Intel, AMD platform, MSI accessory, MEG Series, MAG Series, etc.
From the fourth drop-down menu, you can confirm the Product Model as well.
At this point, MSI will show you an image of the product on the right side, along with essential data. Once you confirm the model number details, you can hit the Search button.
On the upcoming page, you can find every piece of support material for the specific product. It might contain BIOS, Drivers, Manuals, and Utility software.
Depending on the situation, you can move between the tabs and download the drivers you want to get for the MSI product.
If you want to get drivers, you will have to select the Operating System as well. After that, the website will show you all the available drivers.
For instance, suppose you are searching for the MSI drivers for a gaming-grade motherboard.
In that case, you can find LAN drivers, System and Chipset drivers, Wireless LAN drivers, Onboard Audio Drivers, and many other drivers. For instance, you may have to get specific drivers for Intel Management Engine or the Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise driver.
How to Install MSI Drivers?
The driver software may be available in different formats, but you can find them in a ZIP file.
So, you can access all the drivers from a single folder. Once you have done this part, you can open the .EXE file on the driver software folder. Depending on the number of drivers you want to install, you may have to repeat the process.
During the process, you will also have to provide permissions to the driver install tool. For instance, you may have to select where you would like to store the driver files.
We recommend storing them in the same disk where you have installed the Operating System. In this way, you can reduce the chances of running across driver-accessibility issues.
Once the driver installation wizard is complete, you will have to restart your computer. Only then can you use all the necessary services. For instance, you will have to wait until the PC is rebooted to see if the newly installed network card is working or not.
As long as you follow these steps, installing MSI drivers on your computer will not be an issue.
How To Update MSI Drivers?
You can update MSI drivers in different ways. The usual procedure is to download the latest version of the driver from the official website and install the same on your computer.
Then, your PC will automatically replace the old drivers with the new version. However, it could be a little problematic to keep track of when these updates are released. In addition, you may have to browse and find your product every time.
If you are using Windows 7 or later, updating MSI software is easier. As you know, Windows PCs ship with a Device Manager utility.
You can use this utility to check for and update drivers automatically. First, you can open the utility and select the MSI device that you want to update. Then, from the right-click menu, you can choose the option to Update driver.
In the upcoming window, you can find two options. You can either choose the driver files from your PC local storage or use Microsoft’s online services to find the latest version of drivers. We recommend selecting the second option as it is more efficient.
In addition, because the OS communicates to the components at a deeper level, it will automatically fetch the serial number and other information. In short, you can update the MSI drivers without spending a lot of time.
What Happens If You Don’t Update Drivers Regularly?
Running outdated driver software on your computer is not recommended at any point. As you know, driver software updates often come with patches and other bug fixes.
In addition, you can also find performance improvements after installing a driver update on your PC. Therefore, you may come across the following set of issues if you do not update drivers regularly.
Security and privacy issues that exploit a known problem with hardware/software
Lack of continuous performance improvement
Incompatibility issues with one or more accessories
Of course, all these issues can affect the overall PC experience. Therefore, we recommend updating the drivers like you update all the software products to the latest version. And, as we said above, the process is easier than you think.
We hope this guide cleared most of your doubts regarding MSI drivers and their management. In the end, taking care of MSI drivers is not a big deal.
Everyone can do that without any issues. However, you should make it a habit since the proper driver updates can improve privacy and enhance performance.
Martha Davis is a computer hardware specialist who works extensively in designing and manufacturing hardware devices, researching advanced computer technology. She built GadgetGangster.com as a platform to share her insight on computers and PC assembly with the web. Currently, she is carrying out her research on Robotics and Computer Vision and working privately to deliver services. Martha makes sure that readers of GadgetGangster.com master the basics of setting up computer components like motherboard, CPUs, and GPUs through the informative articles that she writes.