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How To Install Hardware Or Device Drivers Manually In Windows 7 / Vista

When you install a hardware or plug in a new device Windows 7 / Vista automatically selects the best driver. But sometimes you get a CD with your device that includes a driver with more features and a software too. You can also find the latest driver from the Company’s website that made the external device or hardware that you bought. If you don’t know how to update your device or hardware driver, then here is the easy way to do it.

Note: This tutorial also indirectly helps in answering the following question “How To Update Your Graphic Card or Display Adapter ?”.

Go to Start and right-click on Computers and select Manage. This will bring the Computer Management window, now on the left sidebar select Device Manager as shown in the screenshot below.

device manager

Now, simply select the device who’s driver you want to update. Suppose you want to update your Graphic card’s driver, then go to Display Adapters and right click on your card’s name(In my case it is Nvidia Geforce 9600GT) and finally click Update Driver Software as shown in the screenshot below.

update driver software

Once you are done. It will open a windows like the one shown below.

search for driver

You have two options here, if you want to install a driver that came with your device or hardware, then select Browse my computer for driver software.

It will then open a window similar like the one shown below,

browse for driver

Click Browse and locate your driver, once it’s done simply click Next and Windows 7 / Vista will start installing the driver.

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