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How Do I Update Drivers in Windows?

Do you have some sort of problem in installing a device automatically? Or isn't your windows supporting the new hardware device which you are installing first time in your computer where as this device has the capability of auto-detecting? That's means your windows need the drivers updating. You have to update your drivers to install that device. Updating a driver is not a hard and technical task. You can easily update your driver by the following the instructions below.

To update the drivers you need to download the latest drivers from the website of driver's manufacturer. Update Drivers are available in CD's but downloading is most common and cheapest way to get it and you can get an up to date driver through website.

- Go to Device Manager: To open the device manager screen the most easiest and common method is:
- Right click on Start button
- Go to Explore
- Right click on My Computer icon
- Go to Properties
- Click on Hardware
- Click on Device Manager.

This will open the Device Manager screen but if you know the other method to open the Device manager screen, you can follow it because there are several method to open the Device Manager screen.
- Select the Hardware from the Device Manager screen which you want to update
- To update the drive follow the below instructions.
- Go to the Properties of Hardware by right click on the hardware's name or icon
- Go to the Driver from the Properties window
- Click on Update Driver... button. This will begin the Hardware Update Wizard.
- Select No, not this time to answer the question "Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software?" then click the Next button.
- Check on Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) to answer the question "What do you want the wizard to do?" then click the Next button.
- A new window will appear by following the above instructions. Choose the Don't search. I will choose the driver to install radio button to answer the "Please choose your search and installation options" then click the Next button.
- Click on the Have Disk... button to answer the "Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware."
- Click on Browse... button on the Install From Disk dialog box
- Select the INF file from the file list and click the Open button. You need to select INF files because Device Manager only accept the INF files
- Click on OK button. This will get back you on the Install From Disk dialog box.
- To answer "Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware" select newly added hardware from the next window then click the Next button.
- Click on Continue Anyway if a warning message appeared on your desktop screen. This message may be appeared because many drivers are not Windows certified but they are safe to install successfully
- Now driver's updating process will be started. Follow the next screen's instructions according to your requirement to complete the Driver updating process.
- When driver is updated successfully click Yes to answer the question "Do you want to restart your computer now?"

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i keep getting dll error messages and cant figure the problem nothing will download and i cant do a system restart


This is your manufacturers website for the drivers for your specific model of laptop. dll is a driver typically.

Perhaps you have installed an OS that your hardware cannot support because Gateway isn't supporting that OS. It looks like they are supporting an assortment of windows XP and Windows Vista. So your hardware may not be compatible with another version like windows 7.

You can re-install your drivers from that website for a start, is there a device in device manager that has an exclamation or a question mark beside it ?

hope that helps,


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Can you see the webcam in the device manager? Start>control panel>hardware and sound>device manager. Look for imaging devices and expand the menu. You should see the webcam adapter here. Right click and choose properties. Click on the drivers tab and try updating the driver. Choose to search automatically for updated software. If the device isn't listed or cannot be updated successfully, you will need to visit dell support, enter the service tag on your machine and install a new webcam driver:

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Have you installed all of the graphics, chipset and other device drivers? You can check if you are missing any by going into your control panel, clicking on system and click on the "Hardware" tab. Once in there click on the "Device Manager" button.

Once the device manager opens up, look for any yellow question marks or exclamation points. These devices are either missing drivers or have some sort of driver issue.

You can then go to the computer manufacturer's website on another computer and download the drivers, save them to some sort of removable media (flash drive, cd) and then transfer them to the other computer for installation.

I hope this helps! If this did help you, please give a thumbs up!

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what is code 1 and code 28 and how to repair?

All computer hardware needs device drivers to communicate with the operating system. In Windows quite a few device drivers are included with the installation. But for a lot of hardware, special device drivers are required. If drivers are corrupted or not installed properly, Windows will report a device error. One of the device errors that the Windows Device Manager can report is a code 28 error.

A code 28 error means that there is no driver installed for the hardware device. Most likely Windows does not have a default driver for the device, or it would be installed. This means that a special driver from the hardware manufacturer is required. The code 28 error can occur for any type of device, USB devices, audio devices, video devices, etc. In general however the error will occur for the more exotic hardware since Windows already supports quite a few common devices by default.
To fix code 28 errors, it is required to install the drivers for the device that is causing the code 28 error. You can use the device manager to update the drivers. Select the device in error, right-click the device and in the pop-up menu select Update Driver Software. Windows will ask you for the location to install the drivers from, so make sure you download the drivers for the device from the hardware manufacturer’s website first, and select the local folder where you saved the download drivers for the update.

If you can not find the drivers for the device in error, or are not comfortable in using the Windows Device Manager, you can also use a driver update tool to find, download and update all device drivers for you. A driver update program will accurately identify your hardware, including the device in error, and automatically install the latest drivers for it. This will solve code 28 errors.
It is also recommended to have Windows configured for automatic updates. This will ensure that any new drivers that are supported by Microsoft will automatically install or get updated, so that your computer will be compatible with as many devices and hardware as possible.

Code 1:
Error (Code 1) is a known error that is caused by outdated or corrupt drivers. Failure to keep your drivers up to date could result with system malfunctions and device problems.
Solution: It is highly recommended that you update your drivers now to fix the problem.

More Info: Device Manager may report about and provide resolutions. To view the error codes, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, and in the Open box, type control panel.
In Control Panel, double-click System, click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager.
Double-click a device type. For example, double-click Modems to see the devices in that category.
Double-click a device to view its properties. If an error code has been generated, the code appears in the Device Status box that is on the General tab.

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You need to install Hotfix from Microsoft for High definition Sound cards. This is KB888111.


Alternatively install service pack 3 for XP. This will contain the hotfix automatically.
After hotfix installed just try and install driver again.

Please provide feedback if issue not sorted.

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