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Software and Hardware Drivers are one of important element of Windows Operating System. A software driver issue can make you hardware malfunction or worst stops working of hardware. Same goes for system drivers, missing or corrupted drivers can make you windows operating system unbootable or endless reboot issue. You need to make sure that all drivers are updated with latest version and functioning properly. There could be many instances where you need to reinstall all you drivers like when you have performed fresh installation of windows or you have replaced you hard disk etc. Its tedious task to Search driver installer on web or Driver CD. Here is nice application DriverMax 4.6 to help you in such situation. With DriverMax you can instantly install all your system drivers within few clicks. You don?t even need Driver CD or Installer. Features of Freeware DriverMax 4.6 1) Backup All or Selected Drivers. 2) Compress Exported backup Drivers. 3) Install all the drivers you have backed up earlier. 4) Generate Complete report of all drivers (versions, release dates) installed on your system. Download Freeware DriverMax 4.6

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Should plug and play always work on Windows 8.1?

It is not your computer that needs drivers, it is the hardware you need to connect to the operating system that needs a driver. From Windows 7 and up, Microsoft only allows drivers, if the manufacturer asked for certification and the hardware and driver work conform Microsofts demands. When the hardware and driver is certified the driver is also on the Microsoft website. Most of the time if you use new hardware the operating system goes to Microsoft to see if there is a correct driver and then installs the driver.

For older hardware, only few manufactures make drivers and ask certification. Most manufactures only develop drivers for their new hardware. So for older hardware there are only a few drivers. If Microsoft can't deliver drivers, or the manufacturer from the hardware can't, you are lost. The devices won't work with the new operating system. Nobody told you that before upgrading. Since I upgraded to win 7 I could not use several expensive things I was used to, because the firms don't like to make a driver fr the hardware they don't sell anymore.

Sep 18, 2014 | Cameras

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on what basis system drivers are compatible ?

Device drivers are needed to communicate with a hardware device within a computer. A computer program, such as the operating system, sends an instruction to an device driver, which then tells the hardware device what to do. Operating systems typically contain drivers for all types of hardware devices, but they are mostly generic. Finding the drivers that are needed by a computer can be done by finding the type of hardware being used and updating or installing software.

Go into the computer's BIOS to view installed hardware. When starting the computer, press the F2 key or Delete to enter the BIOS. The BIOS will display the type of hard drive as well as the type of CD/DVD drive that is installed in the system. Look in the Device Manager within Windows to see the hardware devices that are installed. Double-click on the "System" icon within the Control Panel and then go to the "Hardware" tab. Click on the "Device Manager" button to see a list of devices that are installed and used by the operating system. Check Windows Update for available updates to on-board hardware devices. Hardware components, such as a video controller and audio controller, can have an updated driver that can be downloaded and installed from Windows Update. Use the installation CD that came with the hardware device. The setup program will install the software and drivers that are needed to use the device. Refer to the manual that came with the computer or hardware component. The manual will list the model number of the device as well as the website of the manufacturer. Visit the manufacturer's website for a hardware device that is installed on the system. Updated drivers to devices are available from a manufacturer to correct problems and to add additional functionality to a device. The site can also be used to find drivers for hardware if the manufacturer is no longer in business.


May 03, 2012 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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where do i find the correct driver

The software doesn't need drivers, the hardware needs drivers, so there are no drivers for your operating system because an operating system is software.
For the hardware of your computer, you need drivers. Just type in the model number and go to the manufacturers home page and download the drivers there.
To update the operating system, depending on what version you have (I assume you have Windows), go to Microsoft Windows Update website to update Windows.
Good luck!

May 08, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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what is the drivers

Drivers are software programs written by a device manufacturer for components (such as a sound or video card) which, when executed, enable the device to communicate with your operating system. Most components come with a driver CD that enable you to install the drivers on your hand drive per the manufacturer's instructions.

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Nov 28, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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how do i update my sound drive for free

1. Windows XP Update:
To update the sound card driver, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
  2. Click the Hardware tab.
  3. Expand Sound, video, and game controllers.
  4. Double-click the sound card, and then click the Driver tab.
  5. Click Update Driver.
  6. Follow the Hardware Update Wizard to update the sound card driver.
Another Option: Download From Web Link:

Jan 29, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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