Quite often, the first time that the user is aware that there is something wrong with the upgrade is when they try to use their latest printer, camera or data logger; only to discover that they are required to install a dedicated driver first. For those who are not familiar with the world of computers, it can be an overwhelming experience, because the driver sounds like something so exotic and challenging to install. However, in practice, once you realize the driver that you need; the installation process is just a matter of a few clicks.

The purpose of the driver is to install a few files onto the computer, which allow the device to communicate with the rest of the computer system. The only problem is that if you select the wrong driver, then it will not be compatible with the device, in which case you will not be able to use the instrument.

There are so many developments, which you have to keep abreast of in order getting the best of any products and accessories that you purchase for your computer.

Understanding the requirements and following them

Over the years, the number and complexity of security threats has increased significantly. Therefore, you will have to run the gauntlet of very strict requirements for any type of driver installation. For example, recently Microsoft has instituted a new change, in which a signing is necessary. One of the consequences of that move is that Campbell Scientific was forced to sign any new drivers on its system by way of an encryption algorithm.

Look for the latest programs such as Windows Vista and 1-10, because they tend to have very strong antivirus requirements, which implicitly protect you when you are downloading the drivers. The downside is that Windows XP does not support the new driver signing algorithm and that causes problems down the line.

Those who use Campbell Scientific devices will experience some changes. The first is that there is a problem with compatibility. For example, the Campbell Scientific Devices LoggerNet 4.4 and Device Configuration Utility 2.12, which came out this year, are no longer compatible with Windows XP. However, those drivers that were previously installed will continue to work as normal. You can contact the Campbell Scientific representative. They will probably give you an alternative installation protocol, which is compatible with Windows XP. This new plan will involve sending files, which are copied onto the computer. Once you plug the new device into the computer, the driver installation will proceed without any further input from you.

Envisaging the future

It was in 2014 when Microsoft ceased to support Windows XP. It is anticipated that other software manufacturers will follow suite. A case in point is Google Chrome and Campbell Scientific Technologies. The moral of the story is that you have to continuously upgrade your computer systems, not only to avoid malware, but to also keep up with the latest technological developments. Those that insist on sticking to the past will find difficulty making use of the current systems.