Update Drivers for Windows® 7
When do you need to update drivers in Windows 7?
Drivers are the programs which are necessary for several hardware devices to operate. A driver is a software program which could control a hardware device which is connected to the computer. There are several types of drivers such as printer driver, network driver, display driver etc. Operating System uses these drivers to facilitate communication between particular devices and Operating System. Hardware in your system or connected to your system is so specialized and hence, the commands of the hardware are not understood by the Operating System and vice versa. So, drivers are the mediocre for smooth command transferring between Windows 7 Operating System and device. Drivers are needed to be updated at regular intervals as this could improve the performance of your system. Also updating the driver could bring new features to your system and this could also help avoid bugs in the version. Another advantage of driver updating is that updating could improve the stability of your system.
Ways to update drivers in Windows 7 are given below:
- Locate the current version
- Manual updating process
- Automatic driver updating process
Locate the current version
Before you do updating process for any of the device drivers for Windows 7 Operating System, you need to determine the current version of the driver in your system. This could allow you easy downloading of the updates. Knowing the current version could also help you to determine that whether any higher version is launched for download by the manufacturer. All the installed driver software details are specified in Control Panel of the system. All you need to do is go for Control Panel and see the devices and drivers. Check the properties of the devices you could collect the driver details.
Manual updating process
Manual updating process is one of the drivers updating process for Windows 7. In this technique, you need to download the correct update and save to any of the driver manually. If the file is in zipped format, unzip it using any of the software. Then, update the driver from Control Panel and browse the file for update. After this, you need to restart the system to make the change in registry.
Automatic driver update could be done with the help of third-party software. You don’t need to remember the version or product number of the hardware device. A powerful driver updating software could do this for you. This software could constantly check for updates, could download and install it for you. You could also change the software settings to download only, download and install, install only with your permission etc. Although these features vary from one software to another, you can benefit from the ease of automatic update.
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