How to Install a Device Driver

This will show you how to install or update a device driver using the Device Manager.
Warning: You must be running the Device Manager with administrative credentials for this.
  1. Open Device Manager from…

    • Control Panel – System – Hardware – Device Manager (Windows XP)
    • Control Panel – System and Maintenance – Administrative Tools – Computer Management – Device Manager (Windows Vista & Windows 7)
    • In the Run box type devmgmt.msc. (All Windows)

  2. Unknown devices would be listed as such and marked out with a yellow question mark.

  3. Device Manager

  4. Select the unknown device and right click to access Properties.

  5. In the Properties window click on Driver tab.

  6. Unknown device Properties

  7. Click on the Update Driver... button.

  8. Update Driver Software

  9. Click on Browse my computer for driver software.

  10. Update Driver Software Manually

  11. Click on Browse (1) and locate the required driver.

  12. Click on Next (2) and follow the subsequent instructions given by the installer.