How to Manually Update Drivers in Windows XP

By Camilla Mo in Driver Install

To manually update driver in Windows XP, follow these steps:


1. Click on Start menu.

2. Right-click on My Computer and click Manage.




3. Click Device Manager in left pane.




4. In Device Manager window, expand categories and locate the device that you wish to update the driver for. Then right-click on the device name and select Update Driver…

    Following screenshot is for your reference.




Note: For some devices, the device name displayed in Driver Easy is different from the device name displayed in Device Manager.

In Driver Easy, you can click on the driver and get the name of current driver. Then locate the device in Device Manager using this name.


5. Select No, not this time and click Next button.




6. Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) and click Next button.




7. Select Search for the best driver in these locations and check Include this location in the search

    Click Browse to find the location of the downloaded driver file. Click Next button to install the driver. 




In Driver Easy, click on the Down Triangle button then select Open File Location to get the location of the downloaded driver file.

As you can see, it is not easy to update drivers manually even by following the detailed steps. And it takes time. It is recommended that you upgrade Driver Easy to Professional Version. With Professional Version, all driver updates can be done automatically in one click.  You don’t need to install the driver step by step. You can just leave the program running to update drivers and do something else. 

  • trey

    this gave my windows 7 a virus

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Trey,

      Please understand that Driver Easy doesn’t bring any virus. We apologize if you get errors while using Driver Easy.
      Would you please give us a chance to make a further check regarding the issue you had?

      Look forward to your comment again. Thanks in advance.

  • Wow~
    Thank You. It did help.

  • Astronaut8

    Had same problem , just updated Realtek High Definition Audio driver . Used DriverEasy to do it . Works perfectly now .

  • Tushar

    I am installing drivers for USB-to-serial converter. It shows up in device manager as Yellow icon. when i right click on it and chose Update drivers, it does not give option to locate drivers on local disk. It directly shows the window which has 2 options
    install from internet / do not install from internet

    If I chose the later ( I Do not have internet connection on that computer), It shows drivers could not be found.

    what I can do so that the update wizard will ask me “Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software?”