To update software drivers for Windows 7, Microsoft recommends using Windows Update. This program automatically downloads and installs all the drivers users need for their particular system. In the event that Windows cannot find the driver for a specific device, users will need to download and install the driver manually.
To use Windows Update to install drivers, follow these steps.
- Click the "Start" button
- Click "Windows Update"
- Select the updates
Click the "Start" button and in the search box, type "Update."
Click "Windows Update" and on the left side, click "Check for Updates."
Select the updates from the "Select the updates you want to install" page. Click "OK." Administrator privileges are required to manually install updates.
Although Microsoft recommends allowing Windows Update to search for and download drivers, sometimes this will have to be done it manually. After logging in as an administrator, follow these simple steps.
- Open the Device Manager
- Click "Driver"
Open the Device Manager and find the device in the list of hardware categories.
Click the "Driver" tab and then click "Update Driver." Follow the directions on the screen to continue.
One thing that is important to remember is that printers are not located in the Device Manager. Printers have their own category in "Settings" in Windows 7.