How to update drivers on Windows 7: the simplest methods
As you know, software in the form of drivers, necessary for the correct functioning of all the components present on a computer, is one of the most important components ensuring the normal operation of the system as a whole. Obsolescence, malfunction or incorrect installation can cause quite serious failures, and sometimes even lead to the appearance of a so-called blue screen, indicating critical errors in the operating system.
Further, it is proposed to consider a few simple methods to help simply solve the problem of how to update drivers on Windows 7. The solutions described below are equally suitable for other modifications of Windows.
How to update drivers on Windows 7: allow unattended installation
Before embarking on the main issue, several tips can be given for the implementation of preliminary actions, which are:to give the system the right to install the necessary software independently when connecting new equipment (if by default these parameters are not activated).
To do this, use the standard "Control Panel" and select the section of equipment and sound, then go to the devices and printers. Here you need to use the menu called via PCM on the icon of the computer from which the device installation parameters are selected, then select the permission item and save the changes.
How to update the driver on the computer (Windows 7): standard methodology
The system itself for updating software for all devices, including both hardware and virtual, has its own toolkit used in the Device Manager. You can call it through the "Control Panel", the administration section, or from the "Run" menu using the access command devmgnt.msc. To see all the components, in the view menu you need to activate the display of hidden devices.
Now the question of how to update NVIDIA drivers on Windows 7 (the graphics adapter and its components are taken solely as an example) is solved by calling the context menu via PCM, in which the driver update line is selected.
You can go a longer way by first using the property bar, and then going to the driver tab, where there is a special button for installing the necessary updates.
Search for driver identifiers
But what to do if the user has non-standard hardware installed on the computer, for example, the same graphics adapter from little-known manufacturers for which there is no specific driver in the system database? Windows will install the most suitable driver at its discretion, and this can only lead to the fact that this software will be completely incompatible with the device, and it simply will not work.
In this case, the problem of how to update the drivers of a video card or any other device in such a situation on Windows 7 can be solved by searching for software that exactly matches the hardware on the Internet using the unique identifiers VEN (vendor) and DEV (device). You can find them through the properties menu in the “Device Manager” on the details tab, where the display of the equipment ID is selected in the drop-down list. The longest line with identifiers must be copied and already on itset to search the Internet on special sites. The driver found is simply integrated into the system. If you receive a message that the software you are installing does not contain a digital signature of the publisher, you should ignore it and use the “Install it anyway” line.
Using automated programs
The problem of how to update drivers on Windows 7 is even easier solved by the use of special updater programs that work fully automatically and do not require user participation as such. The biggest advantage of such applications is that they access the websites of the manufacturer of any device directly, download the latest updated driver versions.
How to update drivers on Windows 7 using such utilities? As easy as pie. After starting the application (for example, Driver Booster), the program scans all devices and issues a summary, indicating which drivers are outdated and in need of updating. The user needs only to click the “Update all” button, or use the installation of updates only for the equipment selected by himself, after which he will have to wait until the download is complete, as well as the installation of the necessary control software.It is best to immediately update all the drivers, as outdated ones can cause problems and conflicts in the system itself.