One of the hardest computer related tasks for new IT people to learn is looking for drivers.
- If the computer is a brand name, try the manufacturers website first. Remember, many vendors use a service tag or serial number to identify the computer. If you can enter this tag, you will find the exact drivers intended for your computer. Download your operating systems drivers. Often Windows Vista drivers can be used for Windows 7. Try to research before building a computer and see which vendor offers updates over a period of time (one or more years of support). These vendors are vendors who care and want you to have a good experience with their hardware. Recently we flashed a BIOS for our computers and the vendor had offered hexacore processor support for a two year old motherboard. Truly a vendor who cares.
- Know the components in your computer – use software to identify them – use the internet to download drivers based on the components in your computer
- Drivers can be downloaded in two packages
- Zipped – the driver is downloaded and the files needed to make the hardware work are compressed. Unzip (extract) these files. Use either the setup.exe program to install or go to the device manager and select update driver and ‘point’ to the downloaded driver if a setup option is not available
- Self Extracting – the driver is downloaded in a setup file that extracts and runs through a setup process