Installing and Updating Drivers in Windows 7

Uploaded by pcunleashed on 17.10.2010

This is a PC Unleashed guide to installing and updating device drivers in Windows 7.
The good news is that Windows 7 is advanced enough to install many basic drivers automatically.
Watch what happens when I plug in my HP Officejet for the first time. The ability to run it
is essentially included with the OS. But what if you have a device that you installed
some time ago, and you’re wondering if a driver update is available? The easiest way
to check is with Windows Update.
1. First, go to Start > All Programs, and then select Windows Update. It’s also available
from your Control Panel. 2. We can see here that there are already
a couple of uninstalled updates waiting, but let’s click Check for Updates, just to be
thorough. Okay, that’s all we have. 3. I’ll look at the optional updates, and
aha! The driver for my Ethernet Controller is out of date. Let’s take care of that.
Check it and click OK, and then choose Install Updates.
4. If you’d like your drivers to be updated automatically, choose Change Settings. Notice
here that I have it set to install important updates automatically. But drivers typically
fall in the category of Recommended Updates. We can give those the same treatment by checking
this box.
Of course, Windows might not instantly offer a driver update the moment it becomes available.
It’s always wise to check the manufacturer website. Thankfully, virtually all new device
drivers these days are distributed as executables, so all you have to do is double-click and
install like you would with any other software. For the most part, gone are the days where
you have to trudge through the dialogs of the Device Manager to manually select an INF
file to install. If by chance you do need to install a driver in this manner, please
check out our tutorial on updating device drivers in Windows XP, as the process is very
similar. Finally, keep in mind that if the new driver
causes you problems, you can always roll back to the previous driver in the Device Manager
by right-clicking, choosing Properties, and on the Driver tab, clicking Roll Back Driver.