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How to Install device drivers in Microsoft Windows [EASY GUIDE]

Installing device drivers in Microsoft Windows isn’t a very difficult task, but it can become more of a headache if you accidentally install two different sets of drivers for the same piece of hardware. When this happens, you’ll start getting device conflict messages. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which device is having the conflict, and it’s not always immediately clear what to do about it.

How to Install device drivers in Microsoft Windows

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If you do start getting these errors, the first thing to do is right-click on My Computer. In the dialogue box that comes up, click on the Hardware tab and then on Device Manager. If you see any devices with a big red X by them, those are the devices that are having issues. You then have a couple of options, one of which will hopefully fix the driver error and get your computer back up and running.

The first thing you can try is to install new, updated drivers by clicking the “update driver” option. This will search Microsoft’s database of drivers and, if an updated driver is available, it will be downloaded and installed. If there isn’t an updated driver available, you’ll get a message telling you that you have the most recent driver available. Sometimes this is true; sometimes it isn’t. The Microsoft driver list doesn’t always include the most recent drivers from the manufacturer. Check out their website for updated drivers to make certain you have the most recent files.

Installation device driver Microsoft Windows

You can also uninstall device drivers and do a new search for drivers. This is a good option if it looks like your device driver files have been damaged. You want to get those damaged files off your computer since sometimes they can interfere with downloading new drivers or upgrading to more recent drivers. By uninstalling drivers, Windows should automatically re-detect the hardware and launch the new hardware wizard, prompting you to install the device drivers. If you see two devices that do the same thing (for example, two mice) listed on the device list, you should uninstall the drivers for the one you are not using. Otherwise, the two sets of drivers are going to cause conflicts.

Windows device drivers

If you get an error after installing new Windows device drivers, you can go into the properties (right-click on the device) for that driver and roll back the upgrade. This undoes the driver update, returning the device to the state it was in before it downloaded new drivers. You’ll also find a troubleshoot button on the properties tab. This starts the Windows diagnostic program that can correct many of the basic issues with devices and device drivers. It doesn’t always work, and it’s sometimes a little frustrating to use, but the troubleshooting option can fix some errors.

Most of the time, upgrading the drivers or uninstalling and reinstalling them will fix most driver conflicts. If the problem continues and the Windows troubleshooting program isn’t helpful, try searching the internet. You may find the solution on the manufacturer’s website, or you may find discussions of the issue on message boards if it’s a common problem.

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