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How to update your Vista drivers

Prevent Vista's device drivers conflicting

It's simple to upgrade your hardware device drivers in Windows Vista, and in just four easy steps.

1. So far we’ve concentrated on getting software to work with Windows. However, hardware can cause its own problems – usually because device drivers conflict with each other. To rectify this, go to Control Panel and click on the Hardware and Sound icon.

Step 1

Step 1

2. You’ll see a number of options for modifying hardware. Find the icon for the Device Manager (about halfway down the screen) and click ‘Update device drivers’. Windows will ask your permission to launch the Management console. This gives you access to hardware and you need to allow it to proceed.

Step 2

Step 2

3. A list of hardware devices will be listed in the Manager under various headings. Find the device that’s causing problems and right-click it. From the menu that appears, select Update Driver Software… to launch the wizard that will take you through the process of getting the latest driver for your hardware.

Step 3

Step 3

4. You’ll be asked whether you want Windows to search your PC and the internet automatically for a driver or browse for it manually. Choose the latter if you have it on CD or have downloaded it to your PC. Once you’ve found an appropriate driver, click Next to install it on your PC.

Step 4

Step 4

See also:

How to make programs work with Vista

How to ensure software compatibility in XP

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