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How to Install Drivers to your computer ?

A device driver refers to a program (software) normally developed by the hardware manufacturer to allow it to interact with the computer system. This driver program is used by the different components and applications in the machine to execute a specific task like printing, DVD reading and writing, or connecting to the Internet among others. Device drivers are generally specific to the underlying Operating System and hardware, which means that the correct version must be installed to ensure proper operation of the supported device. You can do this by either re-installing the original driver for your device or to upgrade to new drivers.
Here are the steps on how to reinstall a device driver:

  1. Log on to your computer as an administrator
  2. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and click Manage
  3. Under System Tools, click Device Manager
  4. In the right pane, expand any of the categories to find the hardware you need to reinstall. Right-click the device, and then click Uninstall
  5. In the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, click the OK button
  6. If you see a message asking if you want to restart your computer, click Yes. You can also manually restart your computer
  7. After the restart, Windows should automatically detect and reinstall the hardware.

Upgrading drivers for pre-existing devices
  1. Open Windows Device Manager. In the Device Manager locate the device you wish to update the drivers for.
  2. Right-click the device and click Properties.
  3. In the Properties window click the Driver tab.
  4. Click the Update Driver button.
  5. In the Hardware Update Wizard point Windows to the location of the updated drivers on your hard disk drive.
  6. Once drivers have been installed, reboot.
After you computer has restarted, Windows will use the previous version of your driver. If you're still having difficulties getting the device to work properly, it's possible you're encountering a hardware issue and not an issue with the drivers. Refer to the troubleshooting steps for your hardware device for additional help and information.

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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.

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May 03, 2012 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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In computing, a device driver is a computer program allowing higher-level computer programs to interact with a hardware device.
A driver typically communicates with the device through the computer bus or communications subsystem to which the hardware connects. When a calling program invokes a routine in the driver, the driver issues commands to the device. Once the device sends data back to the driver, the driver may invoke routines in the original calling program. Drivers are hardware-dependent and operating-system-specific. They usually provide the interrupt handling required for any necessary asynchronous time-dependent hardware interface.

Jun 26, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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what is audio drive


In computing, a device driver or software driver is a computer program allowing higher-level computer programs to interact with a hardware device.

A driver typically communicates with the device through the computer bus or communications subsystem to which the hardware connects. When a calling program invokes a routine in the driver, the driver issues commands to the device. Once the device sends data back to the driver, the driver may invoke routines in the original calling program. Drivers are hardware-dependent and operating-system-specific. They usually provide the interrupt handling required for any necessary asynchronous time-dependent hardware interface.

Dec 17, 2010 | 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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