Windows drivers are small programs making the operating system and the computer hardware components able to exchange messages. Every component that you connect or install to your computer has its own driver. When a certain company produces a peripheral device or a computer component, they also produce a driver for the operating system with which the hardware is compatible. Drivers are submitted to Microsoft who conducts tests on the drivers and issue certifications that these can be used for Windows.
When Drivers Stop Functioning
There are times when Windows drivers stop performing for a number of reasons. They become corrupted so they do not provide the service that is expected from them. Fixing a driver, however, is not difficult; you can do it by simply reinstalling or updating it.
Updating Through Windows
You just click “Start”, then select the “Control Panel” afterwhich you double click the “System”. From here, select “Device Manager”, find the device type related to the driver that is not performing correctly, double click it. Find the device in connection with the driver to be fixed, double click it. Then click “Update Driver”, next the “Select”, then “Search automatically for updated driver software” Finally, to update the driver, follow the prompts you see on the screen.
Updating Through The Internet.
Here’s how you do it. Go to the website of the manufacturer who made the hardware that is associated with the malfunctioning driver. Proceed to “Support” or “Download” links. Once you have found the updated driver, follow the prompts on the screen to download, then double click the file that you downloaded.
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