Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Obtaining drivers is a very important aspect in the everyday use of a PC since outdated drivers need to be updated. Drivers can be downloaded from many different sources on the internet and through many third party software programs. Whatever the source, there are a number of times that people download drivers and they realize that what they have obtained are just the raw driver files without any setup. A lot of people get stranded in such cases. The following, is a very simple way of installing these driver files:
Whether under Windows XP, Windows Vista or even Windows 7, do this:
1. Click on the start button and right-click 'My Computer' or 'Computer'.
2. Select manage and wait for the resulting window (if asked whether to continue, continue).
3. Select 'Device Manager' from the left panel.
4. Now, depending on the device you want to install the driver for, or update its driver, right-click the device (you may have to click on the plus sign to reveal hidden devices). select the first option (update driver software) from the drop-down options.
5. In the case of Windows Vista and Windows 7, select browse my computer for driver software and then browse for the folder that contains the files.
6. In the case of Windows XP, select the last option which avoids the internet and click next and select manually locate files and next. Now add the location of the folder that contains the driver files.
7. Click next and Windows will automatically install the driver files for your device.
8. Restart your PC and you are done.
This procedure is not necessary when a setup file is available unless the setup file is corrupted but the driver files are available.
Hope this was helpful and all the best.
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