How to install drivers on Windows 7, 8, 10: standard and automatic method?
Inefficiency during the first connection or the sudden cessation of the work of one of the devices on the computer, webcam, printer, graphics card, audio card, etc. — can be caused by hardware failures or software malfunctions of electronics nature.
Often the second becomes the cause of malfunction of a component of the PC. And this is connected with failures or complete failure of the software device drivers. To restore the computer to re-install drivers on Windows.
We will consider two ways to install/reinstall the drivers — standard (manual) and automatic (using specialized software).
Manual method of installing drivers on the computer.
The process for a standard installation in Windows can be divided into three stages:
- The collection of technical information about your device and operating system.
- Finding the right software online.
- installing the driver.
At each of these stages there is the risk of complications, until the disruption or complete failure of the operating system. But this can be avoided if you carefully follow the instructions. Discuss each of the steps of installing/reinstalling drivers.
1. The collection of information. If you try to type in a search engine query like "Download driver for web camera" in the search would return thousands of sites, each of which will be present on the same link to download. Our task is to find the driver suitable for your device and your computer operating system. And this requires you to narrow your search, and here it is sufficient to specify the model and version of Windows.
To determine the exact device model follow these steps (you can skip if device information can be obtained from the documentation):
Run the system "device Manager". To do this, call the context menu on the icon "My computer" or "computer", click on "Properties" and then on the item "device Manager".
For example, you need to install the driver for your sound card. In the list of "device Manager" sound cards usually fit into the category of "audio Inputs and outputs of the" or "Sound, video and game controllers".
Before the names of devices can be seen exclamation or question mark icon is yellow. This is evidence of the fact that the driver is not working properly. Another reason is the presence in the list of "Unknown devices". This means that the system cannot determine even the name of the device.
In any case, double-click the mouse on the name of the device (even if it shows up as "unknown"). In the small opened window open the tab "Information". In the "Property" select "hardware IDS" (or "ID equipment"). Under "Value" select and copy the top line:
In our example, this string has the form — "ACPI\VEN_INT&DEV_33A0". You have this string may consist of a greater or conversely a smaller number of characters. Anyway, this set of characters identifies the name, model and other information about the device. To get all the data, open any search engine.
2. Search drivers. as a search query box, paste the previously copied row. The search engine should be to give a list of pages on the web where you can get acquainted with the device and then download the driver for it.
On any such website usually invited to download some drivers for the same device. They also have different operating system and bitness (x86 or x64). And here we need to determine the version and bitness of Windows installed on our computer. To make it simple enough. Again, open the context menu on the icon "This computer" and click on "Properties". In the window that opens will have all the necessary information:
We need information in "Windows Edition" and "system Type". In the example we have Windows 10 bit 64 bit. Further it is to find one driver that would suit not only to the device itself, but also to the system. Knowing the device ID, the version and bitness of Windows, this is not difficult.
3. The installation of the driver. Downloaded from the Internet drivers may be a self-installing program or the archive (normal or self-extracting executable without the installer). In the first case, the user simply run the executable and follow the on-screen instructions. The driver installed automatically, then you may need to reboot the computer.
In the case of files without the software installer is a little more complicated. They are usually Packed basic driver files that you want to register in the system. But actually it is not very difficult:
- Open the "device Manager" properties window the driver, a couple of times clicking on the name of the device.
- click the Driver tab, then click "Update driver".
The screen will display a window with the following content:
First try to automatically search for drivers, click on the corresponding item in the window. However, in most cases, this leads to this error:
Do not worry — just the system is not looking for drivers in the user folder, and it does so only in the system catalogs. Specially for this was a manual driver search. Run it by clicking on the "Perform driver search on this computer".
In the next window under "Search computer for driver software" click "Browse" and specify the folder where you saved the driver files in the unpacked form.
Click on the "Next" button to complete the installation. Next, you may need to restart the computer, after which the device shall be determined by the system. Now consider the driver installation process automatically, which will use modern utility DriverHub.
The program to install the drivers and then updating.
DriverHub is a driver Manager that is designed to install and upgrade software from a wide variety of computing devices. The program is completely free, it is suitable for computers running Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bits).
Download DriverHub can the official website of the developers.
to Work with the program is very simple. A standard way to install and run the program. In the main application window click the button "Find now".
And then the program will scan your system, collect information about it and about installed on the computer devices. This usually takes 15-30 seconds.
After a scan, the program displays a list of drivers that can be installed/updated.
Next, you only need to checkmark the desired drivers and click on the "Install" button. The program DriverHub alone will download the drivers from their online store, and then automatically installs them.
As you can see, installation using DriverHub takes significantly less time and effort. Additionally, using the utility will allow you to avoid the risk of driver installation that is inappropriate for the system/device is infected with viruses and potentially unwanted programs (this is a common occurrence when downloading drivers from unknown sources).