How to Find Drivers for My CPU Fan

By Richard Kalinowski

Your computer's Central Processing Unit, or CPU, is one of the most vital components of the motherboard. This device handles most data processing for the computer, working in tandem with several other pieces of hardware on your system. Because a CPU handles massive amounts of data, it is prone to overheating more than many other computer parts. If you receive error messages regarding your CPU fan's drivers, locate and install the most current CPU fan drivers directly from your computer.

Step 1

Click "Start," "Control Panel" and "System and Maintenance."

Step 2

Click "Device Manager." You may be prompted for your administrator password at this time. If you are the primary user for the computer, this is the same password that you use to log into Windows.

Step 3

Click on the "Processors" heading to expand it.

Step 4

Right-click on the CPU and select "Update Driver Software." Windows automatically connects to the Internet, then finds and installs the latest driver files for all your CPU hardware, including the fan. A popup lets you know when the update is complete.

Step 5

Restart your computer for the driver update to take effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a dual or quad core processor, two or four CPUs appear underneath the "Processors" heading. Update the driver's for each CPU separately to ensure that all of the processor fans are using the latest software.