What are Drivers and how do I install them?

  Dick_Dastardly 13:20 28 Jul 06

I'm about to clear out my hard drive and re-install the Operating System very shortly, as it's got so much rubbish on it the poor thing is only just creaking along.

I understand how to get the PC to read the Boot disk first, and how to get the OS installed, but then I'm told I need to install Drivers - being a tech novice, I'm not really sure what a Driver is, what they do and how I install them.

For the record I have XP SP2, and I have a whole bunch of disks from the PC manufacturer, so I imagine if I need a disk I'll have it.

Any help / advice most appreciated.



  recap 13:26 28 Jul 06

Drivers are software programs that help your computer recognize and run the new and old hardware installed on it. Without drivers, your computer won't detect the difference between a video card and a sound card, for instance.

Windows XP comes with an extensive array of drivers. If you are installing hardware, a printer for example, the driver for this device would be on the installation disc, if not in XP's array of drivers.

  VoG II 13:28 28 Jul 06

You may want to backup your drivers click here and burn to CD/DVD which will save you searching for installation CDs.

  LC 13:51 28 Jul 06

Always a good idea to go to the manufacturers website once everything is working and gt up to date drivers to head off any future problems.

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