From their humble beginnings as mere calculations engines that took up a big room all by themselves in the early 50s to the versatile personal computers that you can rest on your lap in the present, computers have made great strides and are constantly evolving.
This means that the average computer user now has more power and flexibility at their disposal than ever before. Not only that, technology becomes steadily cheaper and better as time advances, which means that an average person can buy a really powerful machine for a relatively low price.
All of this power comes at a price though: since each passing year gives birth to more advanced components for computers to use, each passing year also means that the PC you just bought has become a little more obsolete.
This can happen even to Operating Systems. Microsoft has recently completely abandoned support for Windows XP at the basic consumer level, a move that means that they are abandoning one of the most popular OSs that are still widely used.
This is because Microsoft has released multiple versions of Windows since XP came out:
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows 10
Each one of these provides updates in stability, security, ease of use and features.
Unfortunately, this means that with each new Windows there have been some problems when it comes to installing and running certain pieces of hardware and applications. This was evidenced in the recent transition from Windows 8 to Windows 10.
Let’s focus on drivers though. To put it in simple terms a driver tells your OS how to interact with a particular piece of hardware in an easy to process manner. They are important just for the fact that every PC out there has different specifications, which can result in a myriad of possible combinations that could present a problem with compatibility.
This is because certain drivers are written to interact with a certain OS, and the changes and fixes introduced with a new OS can conflict with the instructions that are included in the driver.
There are cases where the manufacturer may even include a stipulation in the code that says that the driver simply is not to be installed in a particular version of the OS, simply because of predicted problems or bugs.
In any case, the best you can do when you update is to look for the new drivers that the manufacturer has probably released or wait for the inevitable release at a later date.
So, how can you go about safely upgrading these drivers? Is there a special procedure or a particular set of things you need to look for or do? Let’s take a moment to review how to upgrade these drivers. In this particular article, we are gearing this towards
Windows 7 machines.
- Locate and download the latest drivers from the manufacturer. You should always check with the hardware manufacturer first when looking for an updated driver. When downloaded direct from the hardware maker, you’ll know the driver is both valid and the most recent for the hardware. Additionally, most manufacturers now have easy to use tools on their website in case you don’t know the name or model of the hardware you’re trying to get drivers for.
- Open Device Manager. In Windows 7 you can do this by opening the control panel, then selecting “System and Security”. After this, look for “Device Manager” in the next screen and click on it.
- Look for the category that you believe contains the hardware that you are trying to update the drivers for. If you don’t really have an idea of where it could be, then simply click around until you see the name of the hardware.
- Once you have located the hardware, it is simply a matter of right clicking on it, clicking on “properties” and go to the “drivers” tab. After this, simply look for and click on the option called “update driver”. From here it is a simple matter of locating the folder where you placed the new drivers you downloaded in step 1 (this is done by selecting “Install from disk” in the wizard) and following the rest of the steps detailed in the update driver wizard.
But, if you really want to get all of this done completely hassle free, automatically and easily, you should look no further than SafeBytes DriverAsssist. What can you expect from this handy program? Take a look at some of the most important features:
- Automatic Driver Installation. DriverAssist is an extremely intuitive program that installs all requisites drivers for your PC automatically. You have no need to do anything else with DriverAssist other than install it onto your PC; the sophisticated software does all the work for you.
- Driver Intelligence. DriverAssist is an intelligent program which carefully establishes what the appropriate drivers for your computer programs are. This enables accurate installation and ensures that your PC runs to its optimum level.
- Smart Device Identification. The DriverAssist software is based on sophisticated technology that automatically detects all of the appropriate PC drivers in a matter of seconds. It will then match them with the latest available version, and update every driver required by your system with a compatible version on a regular basis.
- Safe USB Management and Eject. DriverAssist also helps you manage USB devices. There is no need to worry about safely removing hardware with DriverAssist, as it makes the ejecting process and safely removing hardware from your PC extremely straightforward.
- Full Back-up and Restore. Additionally, DriverAssist helps you backup all of your data and restore your machine to the time when it was previously working if you encounter any problems. It really is an ideal package to ensure that your PC runs to its fullest potential.
- 24/7 Customer Service. DriverAssist is a product of SafeBytes, and therefore benefits from the renowned customer service associated with the company. SafeBytes is on call 24/7 to assist you with any problems that you might encounter.