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Introduction

Drivers are essential to ensure the smooth cooperation of your operating system, and the underlying hardware and peripherals. A driver is software that allows your computer to communicate with hardware devices.

Without drivers, the devices you connect to your computer—for example, a mouse or external hard drive—won't work properly. Windows can automatically check if there are drivers available for new devices you connect to your computer.

Default Behavior of Windows 7 driver update tool

By default, the Windows 7 Driver Update is set to automatic updates, unless changed due to system policies. In this mode, Windows 7 automatically checks for important updates and installs them when your computer is online. You can change these default settings in Control Panel>Windows Updates>Change Settings.

Enabling the Windows 7 automatic driver update

In case the Windows 7 automatic update is disabled, you can perform the following steps.

Steps

  1. Click the Start button. The Start menu is displayed as shown.

  1. Select the Devices and Printers option. The Devices and Printers folder is displayed.

  1. Right click your Computer icon, and select Device Installation Settings from the menu options. The Device Installation Settings folder is displayed.

  1. This window has two options:
  2. Select Yes, do this automatically (recommended) to enable Windows 7 automatic update tool.
  3. Note: This is the default selection in Windows 7. In this mode, Windows 7 automatically checks for important updates and installs them when your computer is online.

    • Select No, let me choose what to do to disable 7 automatic update tool.
    • Click Cancel, if your required setting is already selected. (OR)
    • Click Save Changes to save the changed settings.

Once you save the required settings, you need to enable necessary options in Change Settings folder. This is explained in the next section.

Changing Windows 7 Update Settings

Method 1

  1. Click the Windows Pearl (Start) button. The Start menu is displayed as shown.

  1. Select Control Panel from the menu option. The Control Panel window is displayed.

  1. Click Windows Update icon. You can find this by typing 'Windows Update' in the search field. The Windows Update folder is displayed.

  1. Click Change Settings link in the left panel. The Change Settings folder is displayed.

The Change Settings folder can also be accessed as discussed below.

Method 2

  1. Click the Windows Pearl (Start) button. The Start menu is displayed as shown.

  1. Type 'Automatic update' in the Start menu search box, and press the Enter key. The search results are displayed.
  2. Click Windows Update link in the Control Panel section. The Windows Update window is displayed.

  1. Click Check For Updates button. The Change Settings folder is displayed.

Change Settings options

  1. The Change Settings folder has the following options which can be set:

Important Updates Settings

Click the drop-down list to set how you want Windows 7 to check for and have important Windows Updates be installed. You can choose one of the following:

NOTE: If you enable automatic updates, then you will need to also select how often and when you would like to schedule Windows 7 to automatically install the important updates when available.

Recommended Updates Settings

NOTE: You will also need to enable automatic updates to have recommended updates installed automatically.

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Who Can Install Updates

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Featured Update Notifications

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How to Get Updates for other Microsoft Products

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