Here are the most efficient ways of finding those missing drivers so that you can subject them to an administrative process which may include replacing or deleting them.
You can check the manufacturer’s website on the details of the latest updates. They will have a download section as well as one for support in case you are facing difficulties. Make sure that you have the details of the model that you are talking about. Note the number and the serial configuration. There, will also be some installation instructions that must be followed if you are to avoid any disruptions during the installation. For example, you may be asked to install those drivers in a specific order, which must be adhered to on a strict basis. Other folders may have to be labelled in a particular way in order to be able to land on the right device. The vendor will give you guidance which must be followed.
The CD or Disk
You can check the disk or CD that came with the first instalment of the device that you purchased. It may contain some software updates that you can use in case the existing ones are failing. They will also have an instruction manual that can be of help. Most high end manufacturers include associated software packages as well as the relevant driver files for your convenience. Once again, the order of installation and removal is of the utmost importance. You also have to be wary of reboot sequences.
Always take note of behaviour that is out of the ordinary when you have installed a new device or driver. That could be an indicator that something is wrong and you have to correct it.
Windows Assistance and Upgrade
The latest versions of Windows are able to search for devices and their related drivers. The procedure for Windows XP and Vista is different. However, the essence of this process is that you run the “Add Hardware” wizard within the control panel. This will instruct Windows to start searching for any missing driver software. It will also get a driver file that you can work with. In order to maximize the benefits from the OS, you should allow it to get automatic updates online. Inserting the manufacturer’s CD has the effect of prompting the system to find the right updates and install them on the computer.
Manual selection of driver installation
You can manually select the driver that you want to install. This happens, if the Windows OS has failed to automatically download what you are looking for. Some people prefer to use a generic driver, which can serve multiple purposes without requiring them to specify the details that it must match. Older printers are amenable to this approach, but you will struggle with the newer ones.
Online and Database search
The final option is for you to Google the drives and software that you want. For this, you will need to know the product that you are looking for and its serial number. It takes time, but it is the final option when all has failed.