How to Install a Driver

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    There arethree main methods of installing drivers. Computers generally have the ability to detect the devices that are installed in them and may be able to perform a driver install automatically. To see if this is possible, follow these steps (For Windows users):

    1) Click START

    2) Right-Click on COMPUTER

    3) Click MANAGE

    4) In the new window, click DEVICE MANAGER in the left hand pane

    5) Any devices needing drivers should have a yellowquestion markora yellow exclamation mark next to them; right-click on any device with this icon.

    6) Choose UPDATE DRIVER SOFTWARE

    7) In theWizard that opens up, choose "Search automatically for updated software"

    The computer should now automatically detect, download, and install the necessary software if it is found.

    Ifthere are any errors during this process, or if Windows simply cannot locate the driver software, follow these steps:

    1) Manually locate the driver needed. Drivers are commonly found on the devicemanufacturer's website and are free to download.

    2) Download the driver to the computer. Some drivers may come as .zip files and may need to be extracted prior to installation.

    3) Follow steps 1-6 from the instructions above.

    4) In the Wizard that opens up, choose "Browse my computer for driver software"

    5) If the folder displayed is not he correct folder that the driver was downloaded to, click the BROWSE button, then locate the correct folder.

    6) Click NEXT and the computer will look in the location chosen for the drive software. The computer should automatically install the driver once it is found.

    The third method is generally used if you cannot locate the device you are trying to update in the DEVICE MANAGER.

    1) Manually locate the driver needed. Drivers are commonly found on the device manufacturer's website and are free to download.

    2) Download the driver to the computer. Some drivers may come as .zip files and may need to be extracted prior to installation.

    3) After downloading the driver, open the driver folder to see the contents.

    4) Typically, drivers have an installer that accompanies them in the download folder. Normally this is seen as "SETUP.EXE" (There may also be text documents in the folderwith specific instructions on installing the driver. These are typically seen as "README".)

    5) After launching the "SETUP.EXE" file, an installer will open and should install the driver automatically.

    Keep in mind that there are many drivers available for different devices, so finding the right one may take a little research. If you are not sure if you have the correct driver, it is ok to install it to test the functionality. If it is the incorrect driver, often the computer will reject the driver before it is installed and will prompt you with an error message. If the driver does install and it is the incorrect one, you may uninstall the driver easily from the DEVICE MANAGER. Simply locate the device you are updating in DEVICE MANAGER, right click on the device, and choose UNINSTALL.

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