Standard SATA AHCI Controller Driver Download and update Windows 10

If you are experiencing “Yellow Exclamation Mark” on “Standard SATA AHCI Controller Driver” in Device Manager after upgraded your PC to Windows 10 latest version, then you are in right place for the solution. Yellow Exclamation Mark on your SATA AHCI Controller states this driver is outdated or is not compatible with current Windows OS version. So, you need to update or reinstall Standard SATA AHCI Controller Driver to fix.

What is Standard SATA AHCI Controller Driver?

SATA stands for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment while AHCI stands for Advanced Host Controller Interface. AHCI is technical standard for the interface that enables software to communicate with SATA devices. PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) class devices move the data between your System memory and SATA storage device.

Intel Corporation in 2004 released the AHCI specification to provide a standard way to program SATA-AHCI adapters which define the functional behavior and software interface of AHCI. It provides standard Controller Interface that optimizes advanced SATA features which were not available with older IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) Standard Interface.

Nowadays, most of the motherboards have AHCI enabled by default in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) or BIOS (Basic Input Output System). However, some older motherboards may have IDE mode enabled by default so you have to switch to AHCI in BIOS or UEFI before Operating System is installed. AHCI is supported on Windows Vista and later Windows versions including Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10, Linux since version 2.6.19, Mac OS X, and on various open source Operating System like OpenBSD, NetBSD and FreeBSD.

As compare to IDE Mode, AHCI is completely new and it is not compatible with older SATA devices. However, it is important to enable AHCI in BIOS or UEFI especially once you want to install Windows Operating System with support of AHCI instead of IDE. In older Windows Operating System version like Windows XP or 7, you can use IDE Mode, but with Windows 10 OS, you have to use “Standard SATA AHCI Controller Driver”.

To keep SATA devices healthy and prevent crashes, it is important to keep Standard SATA AHCI Controller driver up-to-date. If you are one of them who are facing “Yellow Exclamation Mark” on this device in Device Manager, then you can try to fix this problem by updating the driver.

How to check Yellow Exclamation Mark on Standard SATA AHCI Controller?

Step 1: Press “Windows + X” keys together from keyboard and select “Device Manager”

Step 2: In the opened “Device Manager”, locate and expand “IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers” category

Step 3: Check if “Yellow Exclamation Mark” on your Standard SATA AHCI Controller driver, then follow the steps/methods below to update the driver.

How to Download and Install Standard SATA AHCI Controller Driver on Windows 10?

Step 1: At first, you need to visit “Microsoft Official Catalog update” website

Step 2: Now, download the latest Standard SATA AHCI Controller drivers according to your processor like AMD, Intel and/or others which you have

Step 3: Once downloaded, double-click on “setup file” and follow on-screen instructions to finish the installation

Step 4: If this step fails to install, then you can try to install it manually. To do so, press “Windows + X” keys together from keyboard and select “Device Manager”

Step 5: In the opened “Device Manager” window, locate and expand “IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers” category and right-click on your SATA controller and then select “Update Driver”

Step 6: In next window, select “Search Automatically for updated driver software”. This will automatically find the latest driver for your SATA Controller and install it in your computer.

Step 7: After that, restart your computer to save the changes and check if Yellow Exclamation Mark on Standard SATA AHCI Controller Error is resolved.


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