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How to Install Windows Driver

Updated on June 21, 2010

Windows Driver Updates

Keeping your Windows drivers updated is important to ensure maximum performance and stability for your personal computer.  Updates are released frequently to fix bugs and add compatibility for new software.  Many Windows errors and crashes can be resolved by simply updating drivers.

Finding Windows Drivers

While some drivers can be updated through the Windows Update service they are not always the latest drivers.  The drivers offered through Windows Update are only those that have been submitted to them for digital certification.  Many manufacturers don’t bother with this process as it is slow.  At the rate drivers update you will likely receive outdated drivers if you only go with the certified drivers.

Before you can locate the latest Windows Drivers some information is required.  If you already know the manufacturer of your computer or device you want to update then you are off to a good start.  You should also try to locate a model number or serial number.  This is usually found on a sticker or engraved on the back or bottom of the device.

Once you have located your manufacturer and model/serial numbers you can begin your driver search.  The best place to start is typically the manufacturer website.  Once there, look for a support section.  There should be a software, driver or download section where you should find any drivers they offer.  If you are unable to locate drivers on their site you may want to contact them directly by email or phone.

Sometimes you may not be able to find a driver on the manufacturer site.  Maybe they no longer have a site or archive drivers for your device.  In this case you could try searching Google for another site to get drivers from.  If you decide to do this, be careful.  Many sites can infect your computer with malicious virus or spy ware code.

A Quick Alternative

There is another way to update Windows drivers.  If you don’t have time to search for drivers manually or you don’t want to run the risk of downloading infected files to your computer you can try using an automatic driver update utility.  These powerful tools will scan your computer and identify all of your devices.  Then it can match these devices to the correct drivers in it’s database.  You can have your entire system updated in just a few minutes.

As a computer tech, I do a lot of driver updates.  I’ve used a lot of tools and the one that stands out the most is Driver Detective.  The quality of drivers and speed is unmatched.  I definitely recommend this product to everyone.  It’s a great idea to add this to your regular computer maintenance along with virus and spy ware scans.

Keep those drivers updated and keep your computer running at it’s best.  Happy computing!

>>Check Your Computer for Driver Updates Now!<<

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      drivers 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the insights about installing Windows drivers. I am doing similar research, best regards.

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