How to Download and Install Pc or Laptop Drivers
You probably know already how important it is to install correct drivers and keep them up-to-date, since you’re reading this page. So I won’t talk much more about the importance of installing drivers. I’ll just get straight to the point. There are few ways of installing drivers. Which one you’ll choose depends on what situation you’re in and what your computer skills are. So, here we go!
Before we begin I want to tell you that installing drivers can be a real painful process, if you’re not so lucky and your situation won’t fit into first two should that happen, you just might end up wasting hours of your valuable time trying to install your drivers. It downloads and installs all the drivers for you. All you need to do is click a few times “next”. It’s the easiest and most reliable solution available on the market.
If you feel technical enough, please continue reading how to install drivers.)
You’ve a PC or laptop and still have all the CDs/DVDS. OK, that one’s easy. Since you still have all the software, it is going be a piece of pie. Just insert the CD (or DVD) in your CD/DVD tray and it. What you should see now is a very nice-looking menu where you can install every driver by simple few clicks. Do it. You’re done.
Furthermore, if you own a laptop, some of vendors provide a very nice app that can do the whole process for you. E.g. Fujitsu’s got DeskUpdate. This tool can download and install the latest drivers and software for you. There are some more tools like that, check out the whole list.
You’ve got the laptop but you’ve lost the CD and your vendor doesn’t provide such a tool. OK, now you’re in a little bit of a pickle. The best thing to do will be to investigate vendor’s download center and check out if it’s possible to download drivers from there. Here’s a complete list of download centers on HowToInstallDrivers.com.
If you’ve found the drivers in your vendor’s download center, then go to step #4, where it’s explained in a great extent how to install all those drivers. If you can’t find your vendor’s download center there, or if you can’t find the correct drivers in your vendor’s download center then you’re a little bit screwed. But don’t worry, you can still make it.
You don’t have either of that, you don’t know what hardware you have and you’re kind a stuck, to be honest. OK, this is when things start to get really interesting and demanding, too. But it can be done in like 5 steps.
1 # Step: Identify Hardware
First of all, you need to find out what hardware you actually have. There are two ways to do that. If you own a laptop, use Google to find your computer’s specifications. Just type the model name into Google + word “specifications” or “specs” or something like that. If you’re lucky, you’ll locate it somewhere on your manufacturer’s site.
Use one of those free tools, which will scan your computer and then present you a report on what hardware it’s detected. So just download and run HWiNFO, AIDA64 or PC-Wizard. You might find some other tool, if you Google, but I find those three really ok.
2 # Step: Download the Drivers
Those you’ll be looking for are most commonly:
- Wireless Card
- Graphic Card
- Sound Drivers
- Or Motherboard chipset
But sometimes there are more. You might want printer drivers or something else. OK, at this point I think you know better. Now, what you need to do is to locate those drivers. What I usually do at that point is one of two things:
Type the name of the piece of hardware I need drivers for + word “driver” into Google. Then filter the results — I prefer downloading from manufacturer’s site than from those driver directories that aggregate drivers. Then download.
Go through manufacturers’ download centers to try and find them there. This process can sometimes be really painful, ’cause some download center’s can really be hard to navigate (yes, I’m talking to you, Intel!) But eventually, you’ll be fine. (Click here for the list of manufacturers’ download centers.)
3 # Step: Create Windows Restoration Point
This is not something that absolutely needs to be done but I recommend you do it. As you probably know, there are times when drivers actually screw something up. Sometimes they’re just bad written, sometimes it’s the user’s fault, ’cause the driver he tried installing was a wrong one (e.g. for other hardware.)
Furthermore, if anything goes wrong during the process of installation, you always can roll back to the last working version. You don’t lose anything. You’re completely safe. I think that’s very important.
4 # Step: Install the Drivers
After downloading all the files, start installing them.
There is no “right way” or “right order” of installing drivers. You might or might not want to reboot your computer. You certainly don’t need to do that when asked but every now and then can really help. I reboot every few drivers and I find it OK. You may want to do it your way. That’s OK too.
5 # Step: Testing
That’s not necessary. Or maybe it is. I don’t know. It’s good to test if your Windows is still stable after installing/updating drivers, I believe though. I mean, take like 30 minutes to see if everything’s OK. Play some games, browse the Web, write some documents, etc. When it’s still stable — you’re done. Yup, you’ve done it.