How To: Update Drivers for Windows 7

Your Operating System is updated regularly and that makes all processes on your computer go faster and work more effectively. However updating the Operating System leads to updating other software on your PC or laptop, drivers included. Without updating drivers Windows 7 might not recognize any devices or peripherals until you have downloaded the relevant updated driver.

Updating drivers won’t take a very long time, if you know how to do it. If you don’t know what you are doing then follow the guide first.

You can update the driver from the hardware installation disc or even from the Windows Update system. In the latter case just follow the instruction which the system gives to you. This way to update a driver might be an option, manual updating is more recommended though due to its efficiency.

If you go for manual updating first of all you need to download the newest version of the driver. It’s better to start looking for it on the manufactures website, they usually provide the latest utilities. Although you can check some driver databases and many of them contain thousands of drivers, especially updated ones as well. In this case make sure they are trustworthy in respect of spyware and viruses.

As soon as the driver is downloaded open your Control Panel and go to the Device Manager. When you have done this, find the device which you want to update with a new driver. Work your way through the sections of hardware devices by clicking the > icon. To find specific hardware devices look under the major hardware categories.

After you determinate the hardware you need go to Properties and there to the Driver tab. Here you will find the button for updating the driver, after clicking this button the Update Driver Software wizard starts running. The system will ask you how you want to search for driver software, you should choose the option for browsing your computer. Then you will be offered to pick up the driver software from a list of device drivers on your computer. After clicking the button “have disc” you will see the dialog box “Install From Disk” on your screen which will allow you to browse your PC.

The next box to appear is the “Locate File” box, take yourself to the folder that you brought out as part of the driver download you performed in Step 1 earlier. There could be a few folders within this extracted folder just work your way to the one for Windows 7 if it’s there. Don’t be too concerned if you don’t find one labeled for Windows 7.

In the file list you will see numbers of “INF” files, these are files which your Device Manager can allow for your driver setup information. Find the driver for your hardware and click on it. If you don’t see any INF files, it might be because of a damaged file. In this situation try to download the driver again.

After the last stage click “ok” and in the next window after choosing the hardware you have just added click “next”. You might get a system warning message, something about how the driver might not be compatible with your hardware, say “yes” and carry on with the installation. The thing is a lot of device drivers don’t have a Windows 7 certificate but they are still safe and trustworthy to install

To finish the installation follow the additional instruction on the screen. When completed you will have to restart your system.


DISCLAIMER: I nor any of my other (CSW) membership have used used the following link. But we have certified it as a safe site to visit. But at the time of this publication (April 1st, 2011). We have not used it to download any Windows 7 drivers of any kind.

On a website you may download each windows 7 driver you may need.


Feature Written By Andy Groaning (Guest Writer To -CSW-)


Post Formatted And Approved By Remy “Se7en”

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