Learn How to Install Windows® 7 Drivers Manually
Have you ever wondered how any computer device works? Any idea on how a webcam communicates your instructions to your friends? Here comes the role of system drivers or just call drivers. As the name suggests, drivers are software that guide devices to perform their functions. Although Windows 7 automatically selects the best drivers for all plug-in devices, you might need to install drivers manually from a CD to add some additional features. You may also download the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s website and update your system accordingly.
To update an existing device driver or to install a fresh driver file, just follow these simple steps:Â
- Click ‘Start’ and select ‘Control Panel’
- In the ‘Control Panel’, click on the ‘System and Security’ link and then click on ‘Device Manager’
- Once you have opened Device Manager, you will see a list of devices that have been installed
- Devices that need to be installed manually will have a yellow exclamation mark next to them
- Right click on the device with the exclamation mark and select ‘Update Driver Software’
- You will now be prompted to update the driver from a CD or “Search automatically for updated driver software”. If you don’t have a CD then choose the second option to search automatically
- After updating the driver, click on ‘Finish’
After you have installed the device in Windows 7, just plug-in the device to one of the peripheral sockets and there you go!
Windows 7 has a large software database of various devices, such as cameras, USB ports, keyboards, etc., which automatically detects the device and installs the software associated with it. However, there can be times when you purchase a new device from the market and install it, Windows 7 might not be able to find the right software. In this situation, you can just look up on the Internet and search for drivers accordingly. Â
Here is one example of installing a device, e.g. Canon all-in-one laser printer driver on Windows 7 PC.