Often in the course of reloading computers you will run in to many driver problems. Windows 8 and Windows 7 are much better and finding drivers automatically but no matter what you will run into the problem drivers that you can not locate on the manufactures website or are not sure which they might be.
How to update drivers then? Follow the process of locating your windows drivers below and with a little luck you will always be able to find the driver you need.
Method 1: Use an automatic driver finder
Slimdriver and DriverMax are two good driver finders that you can use to find a missing driver, they are not perfect but many times can find that nagging driver that you can not locate by other means.
No driver finder is perfect when your trying to figure out how to update drivers which is why I use the above two, one may find a driver that the other does not use. Drivermax in particular is very nice if you are willing to pay the license fee because it can easily update many drivers on your system at once and keep them up to date for you. The free version though works fine for single driver installs at a time.
Method 2: Hardware ID and Google
How to update drivers the technical way when all else fails:
- Open up the device manager by right clicking computer and clicking manage in Windows 7 or moving your mouse all the way to the bottom left of the screen, right clicking, and selecting Device Manager in Windows 8.
- Double click on the problem device, click the details tab, in the drop down select Hardware Ids.
- Right click on the first value listed and select copy.
- Open Google or your favorite search engine and search for the Hardware Id you just copied by pasting it into the search box and adding “driver” to the end of it.
Now is where the art form comes in, you will get many results on your search, it’s your job to go through the list and determine what driver it is that is missing. Often the results will reveal it quickly but sometimes you will need to dig through the results, typically forums, and determine what driver it is we are looking for.
Once you determine the device often you can go back to the manufacture website and find the proper driver on the website, other times you will need to keep looking until you find a download link for that particular driver. Lastly many driver storage websites will be in the list, as a last choice you can use these but you may need to do some trial and error to determine if the driver is correct or not.
Keep your drivers up to date
Once you have all of your drivers installed it is always a good idea to keep your drivers updated, keeping your drivers updated can help to keep your computer running smoothly. I recommend purchasing a subscription to DriverMax as it will help you automate the update of your drivers, the easier something like this is the more likely it will get done on a regular schedule.
I hope this all has helped you learn how to update drivers on your system, please post in the comments if it did or did not.
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