Manually Fixing Windows 7 Drivers
Recommended: Download the Driver Update Utility to identify out-of-date or missing
Please Note: While the recommended solution to easily updating and repairing drivers is to simply Download the Automatic Driver Update Tool, this step-by-step guide will help you with manually troubleshooting and attempting to fix the driver problems for yourself. Be Advised: You should use extreme caution when attempting to repair drivers manually.
Developers share their own set of problems with drivers as well.
Coding on the hardware level is extremely complex. The kind of
programming it takes to write instructions for communication between
circuitry demands unique skills and powerful logic. Driver developers
are challenged by the demands for increased performance and they are
challenged even further when required to achieve performance without
losing neither stability, nor compatibility.
Yet another challenge developers face is compliance with Windows 7
security policies. Windows 7 driver updates often follow after
Microsoft distributes updates for Windows 7. Drivers must maintain a
minimum level of compliance to run on the Windows 7 operating system,
but to achieve greater speed and performance, developers must strive
to create the greatest level of compliance and compatibility possible
between hardware devices, drivers and Windows 7.
However, despite all the improvements made to drivers, many user's
have been unable to enjoy the benefits of up-to-date drivers due to
the simple fact that they can not find, download or install the
updated driver packages.
Microsoft recognized this issue and stepped in. The device manager
for Windows was first introduced in Windows 95. The device manager
provides a solution for indexing all hardware devices connected to
the motherboard that make up the computer and detailing the
specifications of the devices and the driver software associated with
them. Still, finding the device manager requires clicking through
several windows and links.
The device manager enables users to see their devices and the drivers
that go with them. It also provides an automated driver update
utility. The driver update utility works by querying Microsoft's
driver database for the most current drivers. Although, this database
is often out-of-date itself.
How To: Update
Drivers Using the Windows 7 Device Manager
into the search field: device
new window titled Device
Manager will appear.
Within this window you can see all of the hardware devices that make
up your computer. Listed in a hierarchy are categories of devices.
Clicking the arrow next to each category will expand the tree and
reveal additional entries within them. These are the actual devices
that are connected to the motherboard.
7 Device Manager
one of these categories by clicking on the arrow next to it.
Double-click on any one of the devices within the expanded category
and yet another window will appear, showing all the details about
the device. Within this window are a few tabs that each show
additional information. Click the Driver
tab to view more information about the driver.
Manager, hardware device window: viewing the Driver tab
you can see the details of the current driver you are using for this
given hardware device. Information may include the driver developer,
the driver version, and the driver date, and it's digital signer.
attempt to update the driver for the presently viewed device using
the Windows 7 device manager, click the Update
automatically for updated driver software.
Windows will now begin Searching
online for software
by querying it's databases throughout the web.
Windows finds a more current driver, you will notice that Windows
will begin Downloading
After downloading the driver, Windows will notify you that it is
It will notify you when it is finished by showing this message:
has successfully updated your driver software.
Acknowledge this message by clicking the Close
button. Proceed to the next driver if you wish or close the device
manager if you are finished.
Windows does not find a more current driver than the one that you are
using, you will receive this message: The
best driver software for your device is already installed.
Acknowledge this message by clicking Close.
Driver Update Utility
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Release Date: 10/16/2012
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| DriverUpdate's purpose is to provide easy, one-click access to all of the latest drivers for your computer. This saves you time and prevents the possibility of installing an incorrect system driver, which could potentially cause a system crash. All drivers offered by DriverUpdate are available free of charge from manufacturer websites. DriverUpdate costs $29.97 for a one-year license, which enables you to download the missing or out of date drivers it finds. An offer for the optional AVG Security Toolbar is included in DriverUpdate's installer.
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- Display Drivers
- Audio & Sound
- Graphics & Video Adapters
- Modems & Network Adapters
- Video & TV Tuners
- Input Devices
- Digital Cameras
- Wireless Internet
- Optical Disk Drives
- SCSI & SATA Devices
- External Hard Drives
- Motherboard Chipsets
- Other Devices