Are you facing problems while installing drivers in Windows XP? Updating drivers correctly seems to be a daunting task to you? Are you looking for a procedure guide that can simplify the task? If the answer for all these problems is “Yes” for you, then this article can help you a great deal.
Updating drivers is very important and a common solution, to resolve problems related to installation of devices or when the hardware shows some kind of problem. However, not many people are aware of the correct procedure or steps to update the drivers and often end up creating additional problems. In this article, we will provide you with a step by step guide to update drivers in Windows XP with ease. Simply follow the below given steps to update drivers in your Windows XP PC from within Device Manager
Steps to update drivers in Windows XP
The first step to download the latest drivers from the website of hardware makers. Although, the manufacturer provided drivers are considered to be the best option, but there are also other options available in the tech world. Alternatively, you can update drivers directly from the Windows website or from a hardware installation disc. However, manual updating is always a better option to consider.
First of all open “Device Manager” from the Computer Management utility in your PC. Now locate the device for which you wish to update the driver. You can use + icon to expand the options for hardware categories and find your desired device.
Right click on the device or icon you have chosen to update the driver for and choose “Properties” option. Select “Driver tab” in the “Properties” window.
Click on Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard. Choose the option “No” for “Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software?” question, and then click on the Next button.
Select Install from a list for “What do you want the wizard to do?” question, and then click on the Next button. A window will open asking to choose your search and installation options. This window will contain a lot of radio buttons and check boxes Choose “Don’t search” option and click on the Next button.
Now click on the “Have Disk” tab and select the device driver you wish to install. Click on the “Browse” button on the Install from Disk dialog box appearing on the screen.
With the help of “Locate File” dialog box appearing on the screen next, navigate to the folder you extracted for driver download. Click on the INF file displaying in the file list and select “Open”. Click “OK” and exit from Disk dialog box.
Choose new hardware, select the device driver and click on the “Next” tab.
The Hardware Update Wizard will follow the instructions provided in the INF file to install the updated drivers. Follow these instructions to complete the driver update. Once the driver update is complete, click yes for “Do you want to restart your computer now?” question.
Some drivers on manufacturer’s helpful site are designed for automatic installation of usb drivers download and do not require any manual settings. In such a situation, you only need to follow the instructions on the screen to finish the installation process.