Learn why Windows® 7 fails to load certain device drivers
Is your Windows 7 system not loading some device drivers? Find out how to solve the problem
All computers require drivers. Drivers are the communication link between the hardware components and the Operating System installed on the machine. Without drivers, the hardware components would not be able to understand the commands given by the Operating System and similarly, the OS would not understand the results produced by the components. Components such graphics cards, video cards, sound cards, printers, scanner, gamepads, etc. all require drivers. Drivers are also loaded along with the Operating System so that users would be able to make use of the hardware components as soon as logging on into the system. Windows 7 requires specific Windows 7 drivers and these are loaded quickly to make the system functional. However, there are some driver related issues that might come up with Windows 7 drivers. These include driver errors, driver not loading, driver corruption etc. Some of the drivers installed on your Windows 7 system might not be loading because of reasons such as driver clashes, problems with some of the system files associated with the drivers, malware infections etc. If the specified Windows 7 drivers are loaded, the associated component would malfunction.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information regarding tips to solve Windows 7 not loading driver issue:
- Check compatibility
- Verify system file integrity
- Remove malware infections
If your Windows 7 is installed with some incompatible drivers, then the drivers might be clashing with each other causing driver not loading problem. Windows 7 users having driver not loading issue are recommended to check the compatibility of the drivers installed on the system. This can be done using device manager of Windows 7 (by using msconfig command in run window). If the drivers are found incompatible, then they would have to be removed and replaced with proper ones to solve the problem.
Verify system file integrity
The driver not loading problem on Windows 7 might be also because of some of the system files associated with the drivers installed on the system getting damaged. All Windows 7 users experiencing driver loading error issue are advised to verify the integrity of the system files using the sfc/ scannow command. If any system files are found damaged or missing, the OS would have to be repaired using the default OS repair tool.
Malware infections within the drivers can also prevent the drivers from loading. Malwares cause problems by changing the working characteristics of driver files and damaging them. The driver not loading issue caused by malwares can be resolved by removing the malwares from the system using an updated antivirus program such as Norton Antivirus or malware removal tool like Malwarebytes Antimalware.
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