Installing device drivers is among the easiest task you can perform on your computer. All you have to do is download the executable file or put the driver disc in. Once you start the installation, you will see a series of instructions on the computer and all you have to do is click a few times to launch the process.

However, in some cases, it is necessary to install a device driver manually, particularly if any drive on your computer is corrupted or there isn’t sufficient memory space to install the driver. In that case, you have to custom install the driver.

Depending on the version of Windows you use, the process may vary. However, the steps you have to follow remain fairly similar. Before moving ahead, it is important to highlight the point that automatic installation is recommended and even Windows will prompt you for it. With that being said, custom installation won’t cause any problems, but it will require more time and effort from your end.

Also, you have to make sure your computer is connected to the internet for this process to work. Of course, this means that if you are trying to custom install a driver for a Wi-Fi device, you cannot install it manually. You will have to do it the conventional way, i.e. using the disc which comes with the device.

With that out of the way, let’s look at the steps you have to follow:


  •         From the Start Menu, click on Control Panel. Next, launch the Device Manager. Here, you have to select the type of device you want to install the driver for. You can also click directly on Devices and Printers which is located right below the Control Panel icon on the Start Menu.
  •         To launch the process, right click on the device from the Device Manager and then click on Properties.
  •         Here, you will see a tab titled Driver. Obviously, you have to click on it to move the process forward. You will see a list of options here. Click on Update Driver.
  •         Next, you have to select the option to “Browse your computer to find the necessary software”.
  •         Then, select the driver you want to install. Locate the .inf file and open it. Click on Next.
  •         The installation process will start and the driver will be installed within minutes.

These are the steps you have to follow to custom install a device driver on Windows. While this process works absolutely fine, you should go for automatic installation as it is more convenient and will help you save time and hassle. But then again, the decision is yours at the end of the day.