As you know, a driver is software that a device uses to work with your PC. When your device isn’t working properly, you can check if the driver is installed correctly. A faulty driver could always be the cause. To fix the problem, you need to update the driver. For some devices, Windows can update the driver automatically. For some devices especially external devices, you need to install the updated drivers yourself, then you need to download the driver manually.

Download the driver manually

How to install the driver

The downloaded driver file will be an executable file (The file name ends in “.exe”.) or a zip file (The file name ends in “.zip”.).

For an executable file, to install the driver, you just need to double-click on the file and follow the on-screen instructions.

For a zip file, you need to unzip it and find the executable file in the archive. If you cannot find an executable file, you need to install the driver step by step using the “.inf” file. The following steps are for your reference how to install the driver in this way.

1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo + R keys simultaneously to open the Run box. Then type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

2. Find the device that needs to install a driver. (Here let’s take a video card as an example.)

3. Right-click on the device and select Update driver.

4. Select Browse my computer for drivers.

5. Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

6. Click Have Disk… button.

7. Click Browse… button. Navigate to the folder where you saved the downloaded driver file and browse the .inf driver file.

8. Click the OK button and then Next button to finish the installation. You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.

If you have difficulty downloading and installing drivers manually, or if you want to save more time in updating drivers, you can use Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will scan your computer to detect all problem drivers in several seconds, and then give you new drivers. It has a Free version and a Paid version. You can use the Free version to update drivers one at a time. With the Paid version, to update drivers, all you need to do is click your mouse 2 times.

1. Click the Scan Now button. Then Driver Easy will scan your computer quickly and provide you with new drivers instantly.

2. Click the Update All button. Then all drivers will be downloaded and installed automatically.

If you upgrade the program to the Paid version, you will enjoy free technical support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Just contact our professional support for further assistance regarding any driver problem. You can ask for a full refund for any reason. 

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