Tips to fix common driver problems in Windows 7

Windows 7 has inbuilt drivers support for a multitude of devices, but there are many hardware devices that requires special drivers to work properly, so if a hardware installed in or attached to a computer doesnt work properly, its often because of a driver problem. Here are solutions to some common driver problems.

If you installed a new hardware device and its not working properly. These are several things you can try:

Make sure that the hardware device is compatible with your computer and your version of Windows. If the device isnt compatible, you will need to find a correct driver. Check the information that came with your device, you can also search for the device on the windows 7 Compatibility Center website. This website contains a comprehensive list of computers and devices that have been tested to work with Windows 7.

Be sure that you have installed any software discs that came with the device.
Restart the computer, restarting might be necessary if the driver requires it, or if the driver didnt install correctly.

If the device is a USB device, disconnect it and then plug it in to a different USB port. Windows should detect the device and install the drivers and notify you if the device drivers didnt install properly.

Updated drivers might be available through Windows Update. When you check Windows Update, click View available updates to determine if an updated driver is available for your device. You may also check up on the manufactures website or use a driver update software for updated Drivere.

My device used to work, but now it doesnt.

These are several things you can try:

Click View available updates to see if an updated driver is available for your device when you check Windows Update.

If you cant find a new driver through Windows Update or the manufacturers website, try reinstalling the software that came with the device, it might contain drivers.

Its important to set Windows to download and install updates automatically. But even if you have Windows Update set to automatically install important updates for your computer, it still might not be set to install all the updated drivers it finds for your hardware. To automatically get available driver updates for your hardware, set Windows to install recommended updates.
To set Windows to install recommended updates:
Click to open Windows Update.
In the left pane, click Change settings.
Under Important updates, click an item in the list.You can decide which updates to automatically download and install.
Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box, and then click OK. If youre prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
You can also allow anyone using your computer to install updates by selecting the Allow all users to install updates on this computer check box.
You can set Windows to automatically install important and recommended updates or important updates only. Optional updates arent downloaded or installed automatically. To get all available updates for your devices, periodically check Windows Update for optional updates.

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