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The Realtek PCIe Card Reader is a hardware device that allows your computer to read various types of memory cards, such as SD cards, microSD cards, and more. It provides a convenient way to access and transfer data between your memory cards and your computer. If you're using Windows 10 and want to ensure that your Realtek PCIe Card Reader operates at its best, updating its drivers is essential.
In order to read information from cards, you need to install a specific card reader driver. To ensure optimal performance and compatibility with your system, it's best to install the official Card Reader software provided by Realtek.
You can download the software directly from the Realtek website. There are different versions available suitable for Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.
Depending on what type of information you need to read from the specific cards, you can choose between the regular USB card reader and the USB Smart card reader (CCID).
Our advice is to choose the second option since it covers more functions. Once you download one of the options, the setup is done by double-clicking the Setup app. Restart your PC and then locate it via Device Manager to ensure it's installed properly.
Apart from the official Realtek software, you can also download drivers from the manufacturers. Manufacturers like HP, Dell, Lenovo, and other big brands provide updates and drivers for the Realtek PCIe Card Reader. It’s crucial to download the drivers made specifically by your PC’s manufacturer due to possible malfunction.
For example, HP users can find the corresponding driver on the official HP support page, and download the latest driver simply by typing in the OS model.
To narrow down your search, here are the links to Realtek PCIe Card Reader Drivers for Windows 10 across major manufacturers’ websites:
If your PC is made by a different manufacturer, we advise you to check the corresponding manufacturer’s support page and search for the Realtek PCIe Card Reader Drivers on their official website.
If you need to update the Realtek PCIe Card Reader drivers on your Windows 10 system, the easiest way to complete this is through the Device Manager. Here's how you can update your drivers using the Device Manager: