Updating drivers for dummies

Note: I created this step by step guide to to accompany my original How To Update Drivers in Windows how-to guide.

Windows 7 has built-in compression/decompression software but I prefer a dedicated program like the free 7-Zip, mainly because it supports so many more formats than Windows 7 does natively.There are plenty of free file extractor programs out there if you don't care for 7-Zip.Regardless of the program used, you can usually right-click on the downloaded file and choose to Now that the driver files are extracted ready to be used, open Device Manager from the Control Panel in Windows 7.In Windows 7, hardware management, including updating drivers, is accomplished from within Device Manager. This option will allow you to manually select the driver you want installed - the one you downloaded in the first step.

By manually selecting the driver to install, you can be sure that the best driver, the one directly from the manufacturer that you just downloaded, is the driver that will be installed.

This tutorial will also serve perfectly well as a walkthrough for installing any kind of driver like a video card, sound card, etc.

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