If you are having problems with your hardware, such as your mouse, keyboard, USB ports, speakers, graphics card etc. It could be an indication that you have a problem with the driver software. You should make sure your drivers are up to date.

Updating your Windows 8 drivers are normally done before installing Windows 8, by Windows 8 upgrade assistant.  This should have popped up during the installation of Windows 8, but a few drivers may have been left out.

The Microsoft Windows Compatibility Center website can also help identify problem drivers that were left out when updating to Windows 8, but if either of these cannot solve the problem, you will need to manually update your drivers.

In order to do this, you can follow the below steps:

  • Use Windows Update software, which you will find by clicking on Charms bar.
  • Select Settings
  • Select Change PC settings. (Here you should be able to find the Windows Update section.)
  • Click on it, followed by “check for updates now”.

If the program finds any drivers that need to be updated, it will automatically update those drivers during the next maintenance cycle. (Which will probably be during the next night or so). Or you can proceed by clicking on the Updates Link, to force the update to start.

If that doesn’t find all of the drivers, you will need to use the Device Manager. The Device Manager is not in the Devices tab. You will have to search for it by typing in the search box on the Home Screen, then clicking on the settings tab in the search menu.

Another option is to search in the Control Panel for Hardware and Sounds. In this folder you should be able to find the Device Manager.

Once you have found the Device Manager, click on it. There, you should be able to look for the driver you want to update.

Once you have found the one you want to update, right click on it and select Update Driver Software. You should now have the option to let windows find you a driver update, or you can choose one of your own that you have downloaded.

If you want a driver program of your choosing you need to go to the service site of the computer you are using. For example for HP use  HP Support, for Dell use Dell Support ,Lenovo use Lenovo Support, etc. All you have to do is search for the official site and the support option.

If you have downloaded a program that you have specifically chosen, then instead of choosing to let Windows find the program for you, you choose the location of the desired update. This should be in the place where you saved the program. If you don’t know where you saved it try looking first in downloaded files, and then start searching other recently opened folders.

If you still can’t find it, you may want to do a search for the name of the program, or download it again and pay attention to where you save it.