How to Safely Install Hardware Drivers On Your PC

Your system requires device drivers to tell it how to work with your hardware. Without them, your mouse wouldn’t function or your computer would have no sound. In fact, device drivers handle a good portion of your computer’s activity, ranging from communicating with your hard drive to displaying video on your screen.

Because they are a vital part of your PC, its important to understand how to safely fix any problems that they may occur with them. There are a few methods to clear hardware driver issues, which include: reinstallation, driver upgrade or a roll back to the previous version. The method that you use depends upon the situation. We suggest that you start with the easiest fix and work your way up from there.

When experiencing a problem with a hardware device, the first step is to reinstall the device driver. This is the easiest and fastest method. Oftentimes, this fixes any driver problem immediately. Here is what you need to do:

How To Safely Reinstall A Device Driver
• Logon To Your Computer As “ADMINISTRATOR”

• Click Start
o Right Click “My Computer”
o Click “Manage”

A Program Called Computer Management Will Open

• Double Click “System Tools”
o Click “Device Manager”

The Middle pane will show all of the hardware on your system.
If you double click, the specific driver will be displayed for each.

• Once You Have Found The Problem Device, Double Click It

o Click “Uninstall”

Windows Will Prompt You For Confirmation Of Removal

o Click “OK”

• Restart Your Computer
Windows Will Reinstall The Driver On Start Up

How to upgrade a device driver
It is not uncommon for outdated drivers to cause problems on your computer. It is very important to always have the most recent device driver installed to avoid any hardware problems. In addition, the updated drivers will make your computer function faster and eliminates many security flaws.

First, you must identify the hardware on Windows by following the steps below:
• Logon To Your Computer As “ADMINISTRATOR”

• Click Start
o Right Click “My Computer”
o Click “Manage”

A Program Called Computer Management Will Open

• Double Click “System Tools”
o Click “Device Manager”
The Middle pane will show all of the hardware on your system.
If you double click, the specific driver will be displayed for each.

Next, you can visit the hardware manufacturer’s website to see if the driver version is available for your operating system. If you cannot find it there, then you may need to search for the device on Google. At this point, you can simply download and install the driver according to the instructions on the file. It’s very important to restart your computer after installation to ensure that the new driver is installed properly.

How to roll back a device driver
If the above two techniques didn’t solve your problem, then it’s time to roll back the device driver. The term roll back simply means to use the previous version of your device driver. While it’s best to use the most recent drivers available, there are times when a rollback is the only cure. In these situations, you have no choice but to use an outdated driver. Here’s how it is done:

• Logon To Your Computer As “ADMINISTRATOR”

• Click Start
o Right Click “My Computer”
o Click “Manage”

A Program Called Computer Management Will Open

• Double Click “System Tools”
o Click “Device Manager”
The Middle pane will show all of the hardware on your system.
If you double click, the specific driver will be displayed for each.

• Once You Have Found The Problem Device, Right Click It

o Click “Properties”

The Windows Properties Dialog Box Will Appear With Three Tabs
(General / Driver / Details)

o Click The “Driver Tab”

o Click “Roll Back Driver”

Windows Will Prompt You For Confirmation Of Roll Back

o Click “Yes”

o Click “Close”

• Restart Your Computer
Windows Will Use Your Previous Driver On Start Up

If you have followed all of the three techniques above without any success, you may have a physical hardware problem. It is true that a faulty or corrupted device driver is the most common problem with hardware but physical hardware problems are possible. Now is a good time to make sure that everything is connected properly by physically reinstalling the hardware.