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Can XP Drivers Work On Vista?

January 9th, 2014 No comments

Driver files are highly specialized, with plenty of coding going in to each distinct version of a particular file. If you could open the drivers and examine them, you would find great differences in the files needed to make one device work with a Windows XP system and a MacBook Pro. While this does make it a little harder to get devices working when you can’t seem to locate a matching driver file, it is necessary to prevent a lot of communication errors between a printer or MP3 player and the computer.

The Trouble With Generic Drivers

There have been many attempts to create generic driver files over the years that have backfired or mostly failed. Since the various operating systems are so different in how they operate, it is hard to design a set of instructions that work on all of them. Executing an action on Windows XP requires different code than it would on Windows Vista. This means that a driver written for XP will do nothing on Vista – or possible create havoc by executing inappropriate actions when triggered by the device. Installing the wrong drivers can send the system into a complete reboot loop. Many users attempt to force trustworthy XP drivers to install through the Device Manager. The computer may warn you about the practice or complete it without complaint. If you aren’t sure that a file is designed for the version of Windows you’re using, get a fresh download rather than attempting to install it manually.

Generic Exceptions

This rule about driver complications is mainly true for complex devices like printers, MP3 players, scanners, external hard drivers, and similar accessories. Very simple items, including USB flash drivers and basic keyboards, communicate with all Windows operating systems just fine. These items are covered by generic drivers. You can tell if a certain accessory falls into the umbrella of generic coverage by looking for the Plug and Play designation on the packaging. Devices with this capability tend to work just fine with both XP and Vista without any concerns about downloading and installing new drivers. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to find devices more complicated than basic input or storage tools that can just start working with the computer without the download and installation of drivers.

Upgrading Your Operating System

Many people face a driver conundrum for the first time when they want to upgrade a computer with Windows XP to Vista or an even newer OS. Digging out the recovery or installation discs that came with the system will only provide you with a set of XP drivers if that is what was originally installed. Even if the system had an option to order with Vista pre-installed, the manufacturer was only allowed to send you discs for the OS you picked. Unless the system had a dual installation of the newer system, don’t expect recovery discs to be much help during an upgrade. You are going to have to go on the hunt for Vista appropriate drivers rather than relying on XP files.

The Generation Gap

It is perfectly possible for a computer running Windows XP to be incompatible for an upgrade despite being powerful enough to support it. Even if the processor and memory is sufficient, some older systems and components just don’t have support anymore. Check that the manufacturers decided to make Vista drivers for the computer and hardware you are trying to use. If they didn’t, there may be no safe and reliable way to force the newer operating system to work with the hardware. There is a generation gap between the two systems of quite a few years, so only expect the last few computers that shipped with XP to feature drivers and other forms of support for newer options.

Six Steps To Finding Vista Drivers

Always start by double checking that your computer can handle the higher demands of the newer operating system. Once you are sure it’s worth undertaking, you need to make a few preparations before popping the OS installation disc into the drive.

  1. Find a reliable driver program and save it. Look for a major installer that includes libraries for both XP and Vista drivers. If you run this program shortly after the fresh copy of Vista is in place, most to all of your drivers should be installed automatically.
  2. Make a list of all of the components inside the computer. You will likely need to hunt down drivers for each wireless card and graphics card separately, so use the Device Manager to examine what’s installed before attempting to make a switch.
  3. Check the manufacturer’s website for the computer and see if Vista drivers are available. If there are missing support files, head to the websites for the makers of each component. Use the exact model numbers reported by the Device Manager to make sure you are getting the right files.
  4. Don’t forget about 32 vs 64 bit system requirements. If you use 64 bit drivers for your XP installation, the same will be needed once Vista is the dominant OS.
  5. Load all of the drivers onto USB flash drives or burn them onto CDs. USB devices tend to be the best choice because the generic drivers that come along with the new version of the OS should mean that support is available after the initial Vista boot.
  6. Be prepared to roll back to your previous version of the system if there are unexpected incompatibilities. Having a second computer for driver and system file troubleshooting online is best when doing this kind of work. There can be issues with the installation itself, even if you have all of the right drivers and other files on hand.
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Six Tricks For Finding The Right Drivers The First Time

December 12th, 2013 No comments

Whether it is overzealous deleting or viruses that wipe out your driver files, the search for new ones is rarely a fun occasion. These types of issues always seem to pop up right in the middle of work that is already past the deadline. If you need to get your computer working again fast to get back to your school paper or end of the year sales report, try at least one of these six tricks to find genuine drivers as quickly as possible.


Auto Scanners

For fast discovery of specific issues, nothing works faster than an automatic driver scanner program. Some manufacturers of video cards and sound devices offer them to help you discover which model you have from their line up. Others scan your drivers against long lists of identification checks, such as the program offered by us here at XPDrivers. Computer users that are uncomfortable with the idea of hunting down driver files on their own should turn to a trusted source for scanning and automatic driver help.


Use Windows Update

In many cases, there is no need to download any extra software at all to solve your driver issues. Windows XP includes a program known as Windows Update that connects to the Internet to solve numerous problems with the operation system or drivers. If the device is supported by Microsoft, you may find an automatic download and installation completing that fixes your problem in just a few minutes. It is well worth a try, especially when the problem involves a system file like the hard drive driver or motherboard files.


ID Numbers For Manual Identification

Sometimes Windows Update and automatic driver scanners just don’t seem to work. Running them turns up nothing, while your device continues to malfunction and cause serious issues with the computer. Many systems spiral into an endless loop of restarts and crashes when driver files become corrupted or go missing. Opening the Device Manager and writing down two numbers from the malfunctioning device can aid you in your search when you can’t identify the manufacturer or model number on your own.

  • Start the Device Manager by clicking on the Start Menu. Click on the Run listing to the right of the menu.
  • In the text box, enter “mmc devmgmt.msc” without quotes. Click on the Run button.
  • Look for the device that is listed as unknown or generic. This device may be listed as reporting errors or properly installed.
  • Right click on the listing and select Properties. Look for two pieces of information on the window that pops up. Record the four characters after the headings VEN_XXXX and DEV_XXXX. Go to Google and find a hardware ID database, then enter these two values into the search engine to discover the details of your mystery device.
  • Head to the manufacturer listed on the database. They should provide drivers for your device through their Support or Downloads pages.
  • Consider searching Google for the details of the driver if you can’t find a current website for the manufacturer.

Try A Collection

Sometimes you just need to overwhelm the problem with plenty of options. Loading a collection of the most common device drivers onto a flash drive or CD will give you a good chance at solving your dilemma. Pick a set based on the type of hardware you are having trouble with. You need to get lucky and match your device to one or more of the driver files included in the collection. If the right ones aren’t available, the software may attempt to connect to the Internet to access a larger database and give you a shot at finding rarer files.


Circumventing Crashes

Serious driver problems leave your computer stuck restarting itself over and over again. This hijacks your system and makes it impossible to access your files or complete important tasks. You can’t even work on replacing the offending drivers until you can break the loop. Try starting in Safe Mode to restore control over the system until the new files can be loaded.

  • Restart your computer through the Power options in the Start Menu. Press the F8 button on your computer as the system boots up to bring up the boot menu. Use your keyboard arrows to choose “Safe Mode with Networking”, unless your problem is related to a network device.
  • Let the system boot up in Safe Mode. Access your Device Manager and attempt to install new drivers if the computer manages to stay on without restarting once again.

Checking Compatibility

It is crucial to verify you are downloading or installing the right version of driver files before proceeding with the process. Using releases designed for another Windows OS or a completely different system altogether could further lock up the system. The file name will often contain a clue to the release version or intended platform. You may also have access to a wide variety of driver files due to using a collection or an executable for all systems. When in doubt, get a new version from the most trustworthy source you can find rather than install a model that might be incorrect.


Bonus Tip: Don’t Forget To Restart

Many driver issues seem impossible to solve because the computer user working on it simply forgets to restart the system after each attempt to resolve hardware errors. When you install a new driver or roll back to a previous version, restart the computer to let the registry update. Wait to check the Device Manager for further signs of trouble until the system boots up again. This also gives you a quick chance at accessing Safe Mode if your attempts to fix the problem lead to crashes or hang ups. Most scanners and installers also recommend restarting after the services run.

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Where Are Drivers Located On The Computer?

November 21st, 2013 No comments

For being such crucial system files, drivers are surprisingly fragile. Big communication processes for computer hardware is handled by small, easily deleted files that lie hidden within multiple locations on your hard drive. Even uninstalling the wrong listing from your Add and Remove Programs folder could trigger a whole chain of driver issues that are hard and time consuming to reverse. Learning about the common locations of drivers will help you avoid accidents, but it is also helpful to learn how to identify a driver file that might pop up in an unexpected place.

The Systems32 Folder

On computers running the Windows XP operating system, nearly all of the driver files are located within the Systems32 folder. This folder is on your main hard drive in most cases. You can usually find this folder by navigating to C:/Windows/Systems32. If you have installed your operating system on a partition or an external drive, you may have a different letter proceeding the address. Driver files may be located within that folder mixed in with executables and text files, or they may be hidden away in the /Drivers sub folder. Moving or deleting either of these folders will do a serious blow to the functionality of your computer.

Protecting The Directory

Many driver catastrophes occur when a cat runs across a keyboard or a child tries to explore the file system. Setting your computer to lock to the Welcome screen after a short period of inactivity is one of the best ways to stop accidents like this from occurring. However, well-meaning adult users can also wreak havoc. Setting up some controls on your system can keep system folders from being deleted on purpose or accidentally.

Hiding The Folders

Moving the entire Windows directory out of sight is an easy way to prevent deletion without making the files accessible when you do need them.

  1. Open any folder on your desktop. This opens a Windows Explorer window. Click on the Tools tab on the top row of the window.
  2. Click on the Folder Options tab at the top of the screen that pops up.
  3. Select the tab labeled View.
  4. Look for a listing labeled “Do not show hidden files and folders” next to a check box. Check that box, if it is empty, to make sure your system folders and files aren’t visible during casual use.

Limiting Access

The Windows XP system is designed to help you control and limit file access. If you have a user that could accidentally damage the system, a limited account works best.

  1. Select the Start button, then navigate to your Control Panel. Double-click on the User Accounts icon.
  2. Create or designate an Administrator account, if you don’t already have one. This account needs to be password protected and inaccessible to anyone but the owner of the system.
  3. Click on the Create An Account link to run the wizard. Once your Administrator account is ready, run it again and select the Limited User option instead.
  4. Follow the prompts and restart your computer. Log in on the new limited account to check that everything works, then let your accident-prone user surf without worry.

Record Keeping

Keeping good records of all of your hardware and their manufacturers is also very important. If you aren’t sure what parts make up your computer, it is much harder to repair and restore the system if something happens. Unfortunately, simply copying your Systems32 folder to a blank flash drive won’t protect you from deletion.

Why Backups Aren’t Enough

Driver files are simple and small, but they aren’t directly executed by the computer until they have been registered. This means that each driver has to be installed. The installation process requires other files, most notably the .inf files that the computer read to learn where to put the files and how to register them. Without an .inf file, a driver file is useless. These temporary files are only included for installation and don’t remain in the directory with the driver in most cases. Backing up the system folders can give you a heads up on what you need, but you will still need to download or find the installation packages from the manufacturer.

The INF Directory

In your explorations of the hard drive, you may well find the INF storage folder. It can provide a false sense of hope if it still has some installation files lingering in it. Unfortunately, nearly all .inf driver files are removed after installation is complete. You must also know which .inf files go with which devices and drivers to complete a manual installation. This makes driver backup only truly possible with a complete disc image of the system or a collection of installers ready to use.

Identifying Drivers In Other Places

Driver files can pop up in program folders, the Desktop, or even in your Documents folder. Accidental movement accounts for a lot of weird driver appearances, but some need to stay in place. Always try moving the file to a folder and checking for disruption of a service before outright deleting it if you are questioning its validity. Look out for these common signs that a mysterious file is a driver that needs to stay in place:

  1. It popped up due to the installation of a new device, game, or program. Many software programmers have to write special drivers to ensure their programs can work with your hardware. Deleting files in the folders of games is especially not recommended unless you know what they are used for.
  2. It features a .DLL extension. Also known as a Dynamic Link Library, these files are one of the most common types of drivers. Other common driver related extensions include .SYS, .INF, and .OCX.
  3. The system tries to warn you not to delete it. Windows does have some protections for system files, so you may be asked for Administrator approval if you try to remove it. However, don’t delete randomly and assume you are safe because the computer isn’t trying to stop you.

Rolling Back To A Previous Driver

September 3rd, 2013 No comments

Computer owners that are trying to keep a new system running smoothly from day one are often told by well-meaning friends and experts to always check for driver updates. In nearly all cases, this is perfectly good advice. Installing the latest versions of the software offered by the manufacturer is a good way to keep the devices communicating clearly with the rest of the system. Most driver updates get rid of bugs or improve security, but it is always possible that an update causes a problem rather than fixing one. If unwanted or unexpected errors have been popping up since you installed a specific file, you may need to rollback to a previous driver.


Why Do Drivers Need To Be Rolled Back?


In a perfect world, every software update is complete and only remedies issues with the corresponding hardware. Unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect world. Many Windows XP drivers are released and cause serious issues before the manufacturer realizes there is a problem. A specific piece of coding could lead to all sorts of problems that didn’t arise during the testing phase. It is almost impossible to test for every system and setup before the files are released. In far rarer cases, drivers may be damaged or infected during the downloading process.


Rolling Drivers Back The Easy Way


Your computer should be able to restore the previous version of the device driver fairly quickly. Windows XP stores the last version before any updates in case something goes wrong. Complete the process by:


  1. Clicking on the Start menu button to open it. Click on the Control Panel listing to the right, then double-click. This should open the Control Panel folder.
  2. Find the icon labeled System, then double-click it. At the top of the screen, click on the tab labeled Hardware. Locate the Device Manager button and give it a click.
  3. Pick through the list of installed hardware until you find the device experiencing driver issues. It may be highlighted with a yellow caution icon or appear completely normal. Double-click on the listing for the corresponding hardware.
  4. Select the tab at the top of the screen labeled Driver. There will be a button entitled Roll Back Driver near the bottom of this window. Clicking it begins the process, which should take only a few seconds.
  5. Follow any on-screen prompts to restart your system or disconnect and reconnect the device.


Try this process first when driver updates seem to cause issues. When the process succeeds but the problem doesn’t go away, you may have an issue with the hardware itself. Reinstalling the driver won’t help if your printer is malfunctioning or out of ink.


Going Further Back


This automatic process will only restore the last driver version installed before your most recent update. For some errors, it may be necessary to go back two or three versions. This must be done manually. Most users will find that the Roll Back Driver button becomes grayed out and unusable after one roll back. The process only records copies of one former installation. If the system can’t find proper files, the process will fail. A pop-up will appear stating that no backup files were found. In both cases, you will need to manually uninstall the latest driver update and do a clean installation of your preferred driver version.


Manual Removal Of Misbehaving Drivers


When Windows XP doesn’t have any options for rolling back your drivers, you can always uninstall the problem files and start fresh.


  1. Open the Device Manager again by using the above instructions. Locate your problem device in the list.
  2. Right-click on the device’s listing and select the Uninstall option. Windows will ask if you are sure about your decision – only select Yes if you have the replacement driver files ready to install and the hardware is not essential to the functioning of the computer. Uninstalling files for hard drives or commonly used ports should only be handled professionals.
  3. Disconnect the device from the computer. Start your installation process from the beginning with your preferred driver files.


You may also have better luck by uninstalling the drivers through a software package from the manufacturer. Checking your Add or Remove Programs window could help you quickly wipe out unwanted updates.


  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start Menu. Double-click on the Add or Remove Programs icon.
  2. Check the list for a software package provided by the device’s manufacturer. Most video and sound cards now come with these programs to make installation easier and more thorough.
  3. Select the right list item and double-click on it to begin the automatic uninstallation process. Pay careful attention and note the locations of any files not removed, which may include drivers. You can go in and manually remove them when the program is completed.


Don’t Always Uninstall

When some computer owners learn about the uninstallation process for drivers, they decide to remove older versions before each update. However, this defeats the purpose of having a backup for rolling back. If you discover an issue with the newest version, you must go through the lengthy manual work rather than just hitting a button. Leaving older driver files intact ensures that Windows XP can quickly restore order to your system when unexpected errors start to pop up for a specific component.


Removing All Driver Files


While the manual uninstall process through the Device Manager won’t wipe out every driver file, it does remove the associations that make it hard to install an older driver version. It is rarely necessary to completely eradicate all .dll or .inf files associated with a specific device. If a virus infects the drivers for your system, your antivirus software should quarantine them before deleting. This allows you to copy down the file names and find replacements before you actually approve their full removal. Installing replacements as quickly as possible eliminates the chances of data loss or other serious problems that occur when system files are damaged.

Fixing Code 31 Errors

May 22nd, 2012 No comments

The Code 31 is a Device Manager error code and displayed in the following way:

This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)’

If this happens on your computer and you want to learn more of its details, you can check the information out in the Device Status area by clicking on the device’s properties option. Do keep in mind that this is an error that is specifically for the Device Manager and if it shows elsewhere in Windows, there is the possibility that it is a system error code which you cannot troubleshoot as one of the issues of the Device Manager.

What causes Code 31 error?

There are many reasons why a Code 31 error message is generated your computer and when this happens, Windows is prevented from loading the needed driver for the hardware device that you are trying to access. The good thing is, you can easily troubleshoot Code 31 error, regardless of what the root cause is.

Troubleshooting Code 31 Error

1. One of the first things that you would do when troubleshooting a Code 31 Error would be to restart your computer. This is because there is the possibility that the Code 31 error is caused by a temporary issue with the Device Manager, which can be easily resolved by rebooting your computer.

2. If you have recently installed a new device or changed settings in the Device Manager, then there is a possibility that these have caused the Code 31 Error message to be displayed by your computer. if this is the cause for the Code 31 error, all you need to do is revert back to the original settings and restart your computer. If this doesn’t solve the issue, try the following:

  • Roll back the driver to the most recent version before updating it
  • Remove or reconfigure the device you have recently installed
  • Use system restore to undo all changes that you made in the Device Manager
3. You can also try deleting the Upper and Lower Filters registry values since the corruption of the two registry values in CD-ROM/DVD Drive Class registry key can also cause Code 31 errors.
3. You can also try deleting the Upper and Lower Filters registry values since the corruption of the two registry values in CD-ROM/DVD Drive Class registry key can also cause Code 31 errors.
4. Update device drivers by installing the latest drivers which you can get from the manufacturing company.
5. If all else fails, you may need to replace the hardware which causes the Code 31 error.

Getting To Know Version Intel Chipset Device Software

May 7th, 2012 No comments

The Intel Chipset Device Software Version is now available for download and this is important when it comes to installing Window INF files. Before proceeding, you should know that INF updates made by Intel are not ‘drivers’ exactly but rather, are updates for other important files that direct Windows when it comes to using hardware devices that are Intel integrated.

If however you still haven’t experienced any issues with your hardware devices, then doing such updates isn’t really necessary.

The Version of the Intel Chipset Device software is available for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows XP. Before hitting that download button, make sure that you know what type of file you need: either 32-bit or 64-bit driver file.

Below are the Intel chipsets that this download is applicable for, so make sure that you check if your device is included before downloading the update:

  • Intel 875P Chipset
  • Intel 865 Chipset Family
  • Intel 848P Chipset
  • Intel E7210 Chipset
  • Intel 6300ESB I/O Controller Hub
  • Intel 915 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel 925X Express Chipset Family
  • Intel 910 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel E7525 Chipset
  • Intel E7520 Chipset
  • Intel E7320 Chipset
  • Intel E7520 Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel E7221 Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 910GML Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 915 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel 945 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel E7230 Chipset
  • Intel E8500 Chipset
  • Intel 975X Express Chipset
  • Intel E8501 Chipset
  • Intel 965 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel 946 Express Chipset Family
  • Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel 3 Series Chipsets
  • Mobile Intel 915GME Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 945GME Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel GME965 Express Chipset
  • Intel Q35 Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel 915GV Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel 945G Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel Q965 Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel 4 Series Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
  • Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Mobile Intel 945GSE Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel Q45 Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel X58 Express Chipset
  • Intel 5 Series Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 5 Series Chipset
  • Mobile Intel HM55 Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel HM57 Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel QM57 Express Chip
  • Mobile Intel QS57 Express Chipset
  • Intel 82801HM I/O Controller Hub (ICH8M)
  • Intel 6 Series Chipset
  • Intel NM10 Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 6 Series Chipset

How to Rollback a Device Driver to an Older Version?

April 9th, 2012 No comments

Many times Windows shows strange behavior and at times even shows the deadly BSoD due to corrupt or faulty device drivers. People like me want to keep their drivers up to date. But there may be times when after updating a particular driver, the system starts misbehaving.

At one time, this kind of situation caused all kinds of problems but then a feature called the Driver Rollback was introduced into Windows. So, now if you are in such a situation that updating a driver fails or causes problems, you can just roll back to the previous version of the driver. The following steps will help you perform the driver rollback easily. Read on.

1. Make sure that you are logged into Windows XP as an administrator or a user with administrator rights (i.e., an administrator equivalent).

2. Click Start, click Run and then type the command, devmgmt.msc into the Run dialog box and then press Enter.

3. When the Device Manager opens, click the (+) symbol next to the device title to show the device driver you were trying to update.

4. Now, right-click the device you were updating and then select Properties.

5. In the Device Driver Properties, click the Driver tab and then click the button labeled Roll Back Driver.



6. The driver will be rolled back to the previous version. Follow the instructions on the screen and your Windows XP should be back to normal. Device Driver Roll Back is available in normal mode or safe mode.

Finding A Driver’s Version Number in Windows XP

April 7th, 2012 No comments

One of the first things that you need to know about device drivers  would be its version number, so that you know whether or not it already needs installation of new updates or not. If you are planning to update a device driver in Windows XP, you need to check the current version number and compare it with the latest version available, because you might have the latest or best version for the hardware already installed on your computer.

If you are unsure on how to check the device driver’s version number, below are easy to follow steps on how you can do it.

1. Open the Device Manager from the Control Panel

2. Locate the device that you are looking for. This could be done by working through the hardware categories and clicking the ‘+’ icon.

3. After successfully locating the device whose version is you are looking for, right click the name or icon and click on its Properties.

4. Click the Driver tab and look for the Driver Version among the other information stated about the driver. Usually, this is located above the big buttons.

Do keep note however, that you should also pay close attention to the Driver Provider as well. This is because it is highly likely that the device driver currently installed on your computer’s system is a default driver that has little value compared to other device drivers.

When downloading device drivers, do remember to make sure that you correctly choose between the 32 bit and 64 bit device drivers since the device won’t work if you downloaded the wrong version.

Downloading Device Drivers

April 2nd, 2012 No comments

Updating the driver for a certain hardware device would require you to download the driver file from the internet. There are many available sites on the World Wide Web and this usually makes it hard to find the right site where you can download credible driver files. However, you will breathe a sigh of relief and will be saved from all the frustrations once you find the perfect site for download. Below are just some of the sources that you can check for device driver downloads:

1.  Direct from the manufacturer

The best and most trusted place where you can download device driver files would be directly from the hardware manufacturer. Most companies already have their own official website and all you need to do is visit it and download the file directly from their site.

2. Download from trusted Driver download websites

Aside from the manufacturing company, there are also driver download websites that are complete with device driver filesAside from the manufacturing company, there are also driver download websites that are complete with device driver files, which they usually organize by the name of the manufacturing company and year of release.

3. Use Windows Update to download updated device drivers

The Windows Update is also a perfect source for downloading drivers and in fact, ,are done automatically if you want to set it as such. However, do keep in mind that this solution should not be considered a priority and only choice for device driver downloads since the drivers are not readily available and if there ever are files that you can download, are not usually updated.

If for some reason you are unable to download the device driver that you need from the internet, then the Windows Update is worth trying.

4. Download from third party developers

You also have the choice to download the device driver files from a third-party driver developer. However, these files are not usually available and are only designed to meet the needs of a programmer. You may request for it personally or if there are available device drivers for download, do keep in mind that they are not that safe and you are not sure whether or not it is compatible with your system. Therefore, it is still safer to download device driver files directly from the manufacturing company’s website or from a credible website.

Updating Windows XP Drivers

March 22nd, 2012 No comments

One of the most effective solutions when a hardware is experiencing technical difficulties would be to update its drivers. This is a common way of dealing with hardware problems in Windows XP, especially if the device does not install automatically and when a Device Manager error code pops up. Besides, updating drivers will also give you the chance to enjoy additional features for the hardware.

Below is an easy to follow direction on how to update drivers in the Device Manager option in Windows XP:

1. Download and extract all necessary driver files from the hardware maker or manufacturer, but there are also other means of getting these files. Updating drivers can also be done via Windows Update, or you can use the installation disc that comes with the purchase of the hardware.

2. Open the Device Manager option from the Windows XP Computer Management utility

3. Locate the device whose drivers you want to update

4. Right click on the device’s name or icon, and choose Properties and select the Driver tab

5. Click the Update Driver option to start the Hardware Update Wizard

6. A pop up question stating Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software will appear, wherein you have to answer it with ‘No, not this time’ option and click the Next button.

7. Choose the Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) button and click the Next button

8. Choose the Don’t search, I will choose the driver to install>Next>Have Disk buttons, so that you can select the device driver that you want to install and update. From the Install from Disk dialog box, click the Browse button

9. Navigate to the folder that you have extracted from the driver download and click the  INF file to open it.

10. Click the OK button and choose the ‘Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware’  option, and click Next. This will prompt the Hardware Update Wizard to use the instructions from the INF file to update the driver for your chosen hardware. If there are any additional instructions prompted on the screen, just follow them to successfully complete the driver update

11. Restart your computer to complete the installation and driver updated.