Thursday, June 12, 2014

How To Install New Drivers In Windows 8

Device Drivers are nifty little software that let the Windows operating system communicate with hardware that are plugged in to the computer. Some hardware come with the drivers built-in so the Windows operating system can install them straight from the hardware instead of going online. The Microsoft operating system itself stores few generic drivers that enable you to plug-and-play devices.

In most circumstances, Windows 8 automatically recognizes the new device when it’s plugged in. Sometimes, it needs to download Windows 8 drivers online when connected with a new device. At times, Windows 8 even needs to fetch some automated instructions although it has the device drivers needed to interact with the hardware.

Window 8 drivers have to be downloaded when you plug-in a device that is either too old or too new to be remembered by the system. That is when you see the same old “needing a new driver” message that you are so used to seeing in older versions of Windows operating system!

In such cases, you have to find and install the much needed Windows 8 drivers before you can interact with the device. Most new devices come built-in with the drivers needed to run or come bundled with an installation program that will place a GUI to interact with the device as well as drivers to function properly.

Here’s what you have to do to locate and install the latest driver suitable for the device.

Go to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest driver
  • Search the box in which the device came in to check for the manufacturer’s website. If you can’t locate it, a simple online search of the manufacturer’s name would do. 
  • Once you open the website, check for the device drivers in the Support or Downloads page. If you are lucky, the website would give away the driver once you furnish the device details. 
  • If you can’t find a Windows 8 compatible driver, try downloading the Windows 7 driver instead. In most cases, they work equally well.
Run the installation Program Furnished by the Driver
  • Some installation programs have device drivers bundled with them and simple installing of the program will install the suitable driver as well. 
Through the Device Manager
  • Right-click on the bottom left corner of the screen and select Device Manager. 
  • A list of every device that is attached to your computer will appear on your screen. You can identify the faulty one with the yellow exclamation mark on it. 
  • Select the device and then click on Action to view the drop-down menu bar. Choose the Add Legacy hardware from this menu and follow the instructions and prompts by the Add Hardware Wizard. 
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