How to Install and Update Drivers of your PC

Drivers are an essential software package, which allows a device to interact with the computer. Windows automatically installs the device drivers it means you don’t have to deal with them. But for some reasons (device does not work correctly) you need to install and update them manually.

Here are the proper instructions and steps to install and update the device drivers manually.

How to Install Drivers

Most of the drivers installed automatically, such as when you Plug-in any device like Printers, webcams, mouse, keyboards, etc. into your PC, after a few minutes you can use them. Now, you just need to update the drivers. But when drivers didn’t installed itself, then you may need to install them manually.

Here is the process of installing drivers manually

  1. Connect your PC to the internet: when you’re plug-in any device to your PC it install drivers automatically, but sometimes it requires an internet connection to download the necessary drivers and complete installation.
  2. Connect the device to your PC: To install the drivers of an item you need to connect it to with your computer. Connect the device with USB cable.
  3. Follow the On-screen instructions: when any device connects to the computer, the drivers usually start installing in the background. But before this, you need to complete a setup questionnaire and agreements to begin the installation process.
  4. Try to install drivers manually: if the device doesn’t install its drivers automatically, then you’re able to install them manually by using some source like CDs, manufacturer’s website, third-party source, etc.
  • Install driver from CD: Mostly devices come with a CD included, which have essential information and drivers for the device. Insert CD into your computer’s disk drive and wait to run it automatically. Now, select the drivers for the device and follow the instruction to install.
  • Install drivers from Manufacturer’s Website: if there is no any source like CD for installing the drivers, then you can use manufacturer’s website of that device. Go to the manufacturer’s site and navigate to the link called “Drivers,” ” Support” or “Software.” Then select drivers for your device and download the latest drivers. After downloading, install and run the drivers.

Note: For an old device, it is possible that you’ll not find the drivers on manufacturer’s sites then you can use third-party sources to download the drives for them. But, be careful to that you didn’t download a virus to your computer.

  • Install drivers from Third-party sources: if you do not find drivers on manufacturer’s site then use third-party websites like ‘SourceForge, GitHub, etc.’ but be aware of viruses.
  1. Restart your PC: after downloading and installing drivers, restart your computer. Restarting computer will ensure that the drivers are implemented correctly and properly.

Click ‘Start’ button>Power>Restart.

How to Update drivers

  1. Open ‘Start’ menu.
  2. Type ‘Device manager’ in Start menu search box.
  3. Click ‘Device manager’ with control panel written on it. It is at the top of searches.
  4. Expand a category in device manager window related to the item which you want to update.
  5. Click and select the device in the expanded menu of which drivers you want to update.
  6. Click on the ‘Action’ tab in the menu bar. It is on the top-left corner of the device manager window.
  7. Click ‘Update driver’ from the drop-down menu.
  8. Click ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ in the window asking ‘How do you want to search for drivers?’ to search online for new drivers.
  9. If there drivers update is available then it will start downloading, wait for update it completely. If the update is not available, then this message will show on your desktop ‘The best drivers for your device are already installed.’
  10. Follow on-screen instructions to finish, when updates complete.

Ethan Grey is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Samuel has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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