Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is a protocol that facilitates communication between external instruments and your computer. MIDI is used when you connect a device based on this protocol, called a MIDI device, to your PC.
A MIDI driver, like any other driver on a computer, is a program that allows an external MIDI device to communicate with the operating system. Without such a driver, MIDI devices would just be useless things. So how do you set up MIDI drivers on Windows 10?
How to install MIDI driver on Windows 10?
In most modern computers, drivers are installed automatically as soon as you plug in an external device. The same goes for MIDI devices.
If this doesn’t happen for some reason, don’t despair. Here are some alternative ways to install MIDI drivers that you can try.
1. Using Device Manager
Before starting to install new drivers, it’s better to check and see if you have installed some drivers. Device Manager will be helpful here.
Device Manager is a tool in Microsoft Windows that gives you an overview of all the hardware installed on the system. In addition, it also allows you to check, install, update or remove any driver from your computer.
To get started, presskey Windows+ R to open thedialog box Run. Then type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
This will launch Windows Device Manager. It will show you the hardware devices that are installed on your PC. Now you can simply check and see if you have MIDI drivers installed on your PC.
Using Device Manager to update MIDI drivers
To make sure that you are using the correct updated driver, simply right-click on the driver. You will see a bunch of options appear like Properties, Update driver, Uninstall device, Disable device, etc. See if any of these work and the MIDI driver will start working again.
2. Use Windows Update to find MIDI drivers
How long has it been since you last updated your Windows? Windows Update is a free utility that installs updates automatically, both for Windows and for your own devices.
In this case, Windows Update can also install the MIDI driver that Windows 10 is missing. To launch Windows Update, type update in the search bar on themenu Start Windowsand select the best match. When thewindow Windows Update appears, click Check for updates.
Use Windows Update to find the MIDI driver
3. Install the MIDI driver from the manufacturer’s website
For most computer problems, Windows will help you. There are many tools for you to use. But sometimes, you need to do everything manually.
The third option is to install the MIDI driver from the MIDI device manufacturer’s website. Manufacturers often provide device drivers on their websites. So, look up the manufacturer’s website, download and install the driver you need.
The downloadedwill most likely be an fileEXE or a fileZIP file. If it’s an EXE file, you can launch it to install the driver. However, if it’s a ZIP file, you’ll have to extract it first and then install it from the EXE setup wizard.
4. Use a third-party application
When all else fails, the last resort is to use a professional application. There are many apps that can help you with this.
For example, Driver Easy is a quick and simple tool that the article recommends (how to use Driver Easy will be covered in this article). However, there are many applications that do the same job, such as DriverPack. You can choose any of these tools to get the job done.
If you decide to install Driver Easy, plug in the MIDI device and follow these steps:
Step 1: Click thebutton Scan and let the application scan the connected devices on the PC.
Step 2: Next, click Update. This will install all outdated or missing drivers your PC needs.
Step 3: When Driver Easy detects your MIDI device, it will automatically download and install the driver on your PC.
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