How to Update the ATAPI Drivers

By William Hirsch

Update the ATAPI or AT Attachment Packet Interface hardware on your Windows PC by using the device manager utility already on the machine. A driver allows a given hardware device to interface with the other components attached to the computer as well as the main circuit board or motherboard. Only with up-to-date drivers can ATAPI hardware perform their important job of allowing the connection of not only hard drives , but also DVD and CD drives to the same location on a computer's motherboard.

Step 1

Right-click on the "Start" button to open the start menu.

Step 2

Click on the "Control Panel" option located in the Start menu. Now that the control panel window is open click on "System and Security."

Step 3

Open the "Device Manager" with a click. The device manager window includes a list of the devices installed on your computer. The devices are arranged in groups according to what function they serve.

Step 4

Open the "IDE ATA / ATAPI Controllers" heading to reveal a list of the ATAPI devices used by the computer. Double-click on the ATAPI device for which you wish to update a driver to open a hardware device properties window.

Step 5

Click the "Driver" tab in the hardware device properties window and then press the "Update Driver" button. The driver update utility will open.

Step 6

Click the "Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software" option to set Windows on a search for a new driver for the ATAPI device. After the updated driver is found Windows installed it automatically and you may resume normal use of your PC.