An up-to-date hardware drivers ensure a smooth running of your computer. Recent operating systems are able to perform most of driver installations on their own. But sometimes the OS might not recognize a piece of hardware or cannot choose the correct one to install and that is when the user must step in and install the drivers manually.
Driver installation setting
To install drivers, whose automatic update has not been successful, go to Device manager and choose the Update driver software option. To get to the Device manager, simply type it into the search in the Start menu or click Start, Control panel, Hardware and Sound, Device manager.
After choosing the Update driver software option, a window will pop up giving you two update options—Search automatically for updated driver software or Browse my computer for driver software.
Search automatically for updated driver software
For the sake of simplicity, the best way to update the drivers is to choose this option and wait until the system finds and installs the drivers automatically. If the search fails, the other option is to choose the drivers from a CD which was supplied with the hardware or find the drivers at the Producer’s web pages. Here it is really important to choose the correct hardware and version of operating system. To find the exact hardware type, use of diagnostic apps like SiSoftware, Sandra Lite or Everest Home Edition is recommended.
Browse my computer for driver software
When you find the correct driver for your hardware, go to Device manager and choose the Update driver software option and then Browse my computer for driver software. Type in the location of the folder where the driver is or click Browse and find the path to the driver. Click Next to install the driver and your work is finished.