Old 07-08-2014, 10:04 AM
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A device driver is a specific piece of software that is designed to allow your operating system to communicate with hardware devices. Without the required device driver the hardware you have installed on your computer would not function.
When you install new hardware in Windows the operating system will look for and try to install the drivers. Windows has built in device drivers that come from the hardware manufacturer. If a driver is found Windows will install the hardware. If the device driver is not included in Windows you will be prompted to search for a driver.
The device drivers that are built into the Windows operating system are generally a very basic version of the driver written by the manufacturer. You can download device drivers form the manufacturer’s website. Many times the basic device drivers will work but if you are installing a graphics card or sound card you may want to check the manufacturer’s website for the full driver software package which may contain advanced options that the basic driver does not. The drivers provided by Microsoft are stripped down versions. If you install a graphics card and use the default driver you would not get the NVIDIA Control Panel or the AMD Catalyst control panel. If you install a printer and use the default drivers the printer may print but you may not have the advanced options included in the printer’s control panel software.
Some hardware uses a “generic” device driver. Many USB devices such as mice, keyboards, monitors and other devices will install automatically but if you want to use the advanced features of some of the hardware you will need to download and install the full driver package. For example if you would like to use all of the hotkeys on your keyboard or would like to monitor the battery life of your mouse you may want to install the full featured driver package.
Device drivers that are part of Windows must go through Microsoft’s WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) testing to ensure they are stable.
You do not need to update device drivers regularly but if you reinstall Windows you can download and install the most current up to date driver at that time. If you are experiencing problems with a particular piece of hardware check the manufacturer’s website and download and install the most current driver which may solve the problems you are having. Often a manufacture will release an updated driver that addresses a specific issue or offers enhancements to the hardware. When that happens you can update the device driver at that time.
Always go directly to the manufacturer’s website to download drivers. Many third party sites offer driver downloads but most come bundled with spyware and other malware. You do not need to download a program that offers to scan your system and find the drivers for you. Those programs also come bundled with other unwanted software.

Installing Device Drivers
There are several ways to install drivers in Windows 7 & Windows 8/8.1

Install drivers using Device Manager
1) Open control panel > device manager. A list of all hardware devices installed on your computer will be displayed.
2) Select the hardware you would like to update.
3) Click the action menu > update driver software. Or right click the hardware and from the right click menu choose update driver software.
4) The update wizard will open. Choose “search automatically for updated driver software” if you would like Windows to search for a driver. Or click “browse my computer for a driver” if you have the driver software saved on your computer.
5) If you chose to search automatically, Windows will search for the driver and install it if found. If Windows cannot find a driver you will be prompted to choose a driver from the list. Or provide a location on your computer where the driver has been saved. If you chose to browse my computer for a driver you will be prompted to enter the location where the driver is saved.
6) When the installation is complete reboot your computer.

Install drivers using a setup file
If you have downloaded a driver from the manufacturers website or if you have the drivers on a CD/DVD the installation may be automatic. Many manufacturers provide their drivers using a setup file.

1) Download the driver setup file from the manufacturer’s website or use the CD/DVD provided by the manufacturer.
2) Double click the setup file to start the installation. You will be guided through installing the software.
3) When the installation is complete reboot your computer.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:48 PM
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Thanks Sunny.Jerry
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