On this occasion, Droidcops will show you how to install and update drivers on Windows 10, 8, and 7, either automatically or manually.
Drivers are programs that connect the operating system with the hardware on the computer. Drivers allow the Windows operating system to control hardware such as VGA, touchpad, wifi card, and other devices. Without a driver, the hardware cannot function because there is no driving program.
For example, we buy a new VGA and then install it on a PC, so we need to install the driver first so that the VGA can function, as well as other devices. When installing Windows, almost all devices on the computer will be detected automatically, and Windows will install the drivers using existing libraries, especially general devices such as wifi cards, ethernet cards, onboard VGA monitors, and so on. Thus we no longer need to install it manually unless it is not detected.
After all the drivers have been installed properly, the laptop or PC will be ready for use and all the devices in it can function optimally, all we need to do is keep them updated. Updating drivers in Windows is useful for ensuring there are no bugs and making our device compatible with new programs that are currently available.
How to update drivers in Windows
1. Make sure the computer is connected to the internet
The first thing we have to do is make sure our laptop or PC is online or connected to the internet because to update automatically; we will need the internet so that Windows can connect to the server. You can use a connection from wifi, USB modem, LAN cable, or tethering from your cellphone.
2. Open the Device Manager
Then open the Device Manager. In Windows 10 and 8, right-click on the Start button and select Device Manager, in Windows 7, you can click Start> Control Panel> System and Security> Device Manager.
3. Select the driver you want to update
After the Device Manager program opens, you will see a list of all existing devices, from monitors, wifi, VGA, to USB devices. Select the drivers you want to update, click once to expand the list of existing drivers.
The next step is to right-click on the desired driver, I demonstrated the VGA driver, then first click the arrow on the Display menu to expand the list of available drivers then right-click on the driver you want to update.
5. Select Update driver
Then select Update driver.
6. Select automatic update
After clicking Update driver, a wizard window will appear. Click on Search automatically for updated driver software to update automatically.
7. Wait until the update process is complete
Windows will start searching for the latest updates available, if any, the update process will be carried out automatically. If the information appears as in the image below, it means that the drivers installed on the computer are the latest, and we no longer need to update them manually.
As I explained earlier, almost all hardware on the computer will be detected automatically when we install Windows, but usually, some of it is not detected. In this case, it is because Windows does not have a driver program for that device in their library.
To find out, you can pay attention to the list of drivers in the Device Manager; usually, drivers that are not installed or have problems will have a yellow exclamation mark. If this is the case, then we can solve it by installing it manually, follow the steps below.
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How to install drivers in Windows manually.
1. Open the Device Manager
First, open the Device Manager, the method is the same as above.
2. Right-click on the device
Select the driver you want to install, then right-click.
3. Select Properties
After that click on Properties
4. Enter the Details tab
In the Properties window, select the Details tab. Then in the property option, click one time then select Hardware Ids.
5. Copy Hardware ids
Then you will see a description of the hardware id of the device. Right, click then select Copy.
6. Paste it in the driver finder site
Open the driver search site; I usually use http://driverpacks.net
Paste the hardware id in the search field then click the search button. Wait a minute; you will see a list of available drivers there.
7. Download and install the driver manually
Then select the driver according to the hardware on the computer earlier. Select the one according to the version of Windows you are using, whether Windows 10, 8, 7, or XP, then download.
Once downloaded, we can install the driver manually and offline on the computer. If so, restart the computer first done. I hope this helps.