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How to install and update a computer driver

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How a driver should be installed depends how it is packaged. Here we are discussing additional information about the ways the developers use to distribute their drivers and methods of installing them in Microsoft Windows.

Drivers on CD

It is a general practice for the computer and hardware manufacturers to include a group of drivers for different hardware devices and often for each of the supported versions of Windows. Driver CD for the printer you purchase will contain the drivers for dozens of different printers. Therefore while installing the drivers, ensure that you are installing the drivers for your printer and not another printer model furthermore install it for the version of Windows you are running on your computer.

Downloading drivers

The drivers that you download are single executable file. If not a single executable file, then most likely it is a compressed file that contains all the driver files. You will first need to uncompress the file before you it. While extracting the drivers, place the folder where you can easily locate it since you need to point to this folder as part of the driver installation process. We recommend extracting the driver files to a folder which is placed on the Windows Desktop, as it is an easy place to remember and locate and can be easily removed after driver installation is complete.

Executable

For most of the computer and hardware manufacturers today, it is a common practice to pre-package their drivers into executable files or to have the drivers installed through the setup file. When you double-click the executable or setup file, it will install the drivers to the computer.

If the drivers are in a compressed file form, you need to uncompress the downloaded file before looking for the setup file.

Finally, if you are successful with installing your drivers, make sure to reboot the computer after the drivers have been installed.

Using the “have disk” option

Often computer manufacturers and hardware manufacturers place the drivers on a CD, or you can download the driver for Windows to find and use during its hardware detection.

Below are steps on how to install drivers for a new device and upgrade a device’s driver for this setup.

Installing a new device

  1. Open Windows Device Manager.
  2. In the Device Manager, make sure the device you are attempting to install is not already listed from past install attempts. If the device is found, highlight and remove it from Device Manager to prevent any conflicts during the install.
  3. Once Device Manager looks okay, reboot the computer.
  4. As the computer is rebooting, an Install new hardware wizard should appear if Windows detects the new hardware. Using this wizard, you should be able to point Windows to the folder containing your drivers located on the CD, USB Flash drive, or the folder containing the files you downloaded.

If Windows does not detect any new hardware, open the Control Panel and double-click the Add hardware icon to run the hardware detection wizard. During the steps, you have the option to tell Windows you have a disk containing the drivers for your new hardware device. Point Windows to the folder containing the drivers for your device.

Installing a new device

  1. Open Windows Device Manager.
  2. In the Device Manager, make sure the device you are attempting to install is not already listed from past install attempts. If the device is found, highlight and remove it from Device Manager to prevent any conflicts during the install.
  3. Once Device Manager looks okay, reboot the computer.
  4. As the computer is rebooting, an Install new hardware wizard should appear if Windows detects the new hardware. Using this wizard, you should be able to point Windows to the folder containing your drivers located on the CD, USB Flash drive, or the folder containing the files you downloaded.

If Windows does not detect any new hardware, open the Control Panel and double-click the Add hardware icon to run the hardware detection wizard. During the steps, you have the option to tell Windows you have a disk containing the drivers for your new hardware device. Point Windows to the folder containing the drivers for your device.

 

Note – The “Add hardware” icon is only available on Windows XP and prior versions of Windows.

Once drivers have been installed, reboot the computer.

Upgrading drivers for pre-existing device

  1. Open Windows Device Manager.
  2. In the Device Manager, locate the device you want to update.
  3. Right-click the device and click Properties.
  4. In the Properties window, click the Driver tab.
  5. Click the Update Driver button.
  6. In the Hardware Update Wizard, point Windows to the location of the updated driver files on your hard drive.

Once drivers have been installed, reboot the computer.

Install through the .inf file

Finally, if the above recommendations do not work, the installation instructions for drivers and hardware devices are always contained in an .inf file that is located with the driver files.

Locate the .inf file for your version of Windows.

Right-click that file and choose the option for install. Note Make sure you are installing the correct .inf file and not an .inf file for another device or for a different version of Windows.

Once you have right-clicked and installed the driver, reboot the computer.

One of the above three recommendations should have installed or updated the drivers successfully into the computer.

 

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