How to use Windows 7's automatic driver update utility


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Introduction

Windows 7 can find and download two kinds of updates for devices connected to your computer:

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.

For hardware that you've connected to your computer in the past, updated drivers might become available at a later date; but those drivers aren't installed automatically.

Windows can download high-resolution icons for many hardware devices that you connect to your computer, along with detailed information about them, such as product name, manufacturer, and model number—even detailed information about the sync capabilities of a device. This is much more detailed device information than was previously available in earlier versions of Windows. These details can make it easier for you to distinguish between similar devices that are connected to your computer, such as if you have several different portable music players and mobile phones. Additionally, they make it easier to check the capabilities of a device.

Checking and Installing Windows 7 updates

Windows Update occasionally will notify you that optional updates are available. This could include drivers that become available after you finish installing hardware or devices. Optional updates aren't installed automatically. To get all the available updates for your devices, periodically check for optional updates. To install these optional updates, go to Windows Update in Control Panel, check for updates, and then view and install driver updates that are available for your computer.

Steps

You will have to wait a few minutes for the complete installation. Once installation is successful, the following window is displayed.

NOTE: Access Start>Control Panel>Windows Update> Change Settings to change the Windows 7 update options.

Manual update of Windows 7 Specific Drivers

Please perform the following steps to install or update Windows 7 drivers.

Steps

Note: The device Manager tool is a central place to manage all the devices your system has and devices which are connected via different ports (Serial, Parallel, USB, Firewire and eSATA ports). The device manager categorizes the system devices and represents them in a tree structure.

The Update driver software tool compares the current driver software version and install newer version. If the current driver software version is newer then the tool ignores the update and displays the following screen.