How to Install Monitor Drivers in Windows XP

By Joel Douglas

Driver software enables communication between a hardware device and the computer's operating system. All hardware requires drivers to function properly. Windows XP includes generic drivers for a number of hardware devices, including monitors. While generic drivers support a range of monitor brands and models, they only offer basic functionality. To take advantage of features built into your monitor but unavailable with generic drivers, install the proprietary display driver released by the manufacturer.

Step 1

Download the driver software from the monitor manufacturer's website. You will need the model number for the monitor to download the correct driver. Manufacturers often print the model number on the monitor's casing. Look for it around the perimeter of the display. Consult the owner's manual if you can't find the model number on the casing.

Step 2

Press the Windows "Start" button and then click "Control Panel." Click "Performance and Maintenance" and then click "System." Click the "Hardware" tab in the System "Properties" menu and press the "Device Manager" button.

Step 3

Scroll through the Device Manager until you find "Monitors." Click the "+" next to Monitors to expand the list of displays connected to the computer. Right-click on the monitor you want to install drivers for and click "Update Drivers."

Step 4

Check "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)" in the Hardware Update Wizard and then click "Next." Check "Don't search. I will choose the driver to install" and then click "Next." Click "Browse" and locate the monitor driver you downloaded earlier. Click "Next" to install the driver.

Step 5

Restart the computer if prompted by Windows XP to complete the driver installation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Uninstall the previous driver first if replacing an older monitor driver provided by the manufacturer. However, if you are replacing a generic Windows monitor driver, you do not need to uninstall it before installing the manufacturer's driver.