How to Download and install drivers

The drivers for different hardware components are needed to allow those items to communicate effectively with the computer. Drivers written for Windows XP and later are usually automatically installed by your computer. However, certain drivers must be installed manually. If you want to install the latest driver for your device, navigate to Technical Support section of the device manufacturer's website.

Step 1

One of the most important steps to getting a driver correctly installed is to make sure that all of the information you need is available before you install it. Determine what is the name of this piece of hardware, such as the specific model number or manufacturer name. Know what type of operating system you're using. Then navigate to the manufacturer's website. Eventually you should be directed to download the drivers. Make sure to follow any special instructions that the manufacturer suggests.

Step 2

To find out the model of a product, you can look at the packaging of the product or on the outside case of the device itself, often located near the bar code.

Step 3

To determine what type of computer and operating system you're using, right-click on the "Computer" icon and select "Properties" from the pop-up menu. The System Properties dialog appears. Select the "General" tab. The type of operating system and computer appears.

Step 4

In the rare case of not using the drivers from the manufacturer, follow the instructions from the driver software producer, especially if they differ from the instructions from the manufacturer.

Step 5

Save the driver to your computer to an easy to locate location. Then close all open programs and double-click the installation file for the drivers. Follow the on-screen directions. Restart your computer after the installation.

Tip

The device manufacturer is typically the best source for software that is compatible with your device.

Warning

Improper driver installation can be hazardous to your computer. Caution and making sure to read the instructions are the best approach to installing any software.

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