How to Fix Drivers in Windows 7

By Thomas King

When you have a hardware device that does not work, such as a CD-drive, it is likely the result of a driver that is not working properly. A driver that is not working properly is generally caused by the driver being out of date. Fortunately, the Windows 7 operating system includes a tool that allows you to update any driver automatically. You must be connected to the Internet for this tool to work properly.

Step 1

Click "Start," then "Control Panel," then "System and Security" and then "Device Manager."

Step 2

Double-click the driver you want to repair. The Properties window opens.

Step 3

Click the "Driver" tab.

Step 4

Click "Update Driver" and follow the prompts. Windows 7 will automatically locate and install the driver update. You may be asked for your administrator password.

Step 5

Restart your computer when the driver has been updated.