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Driver Update: Finding The Driver’s Version Number in Windows XP

One of the first things that you need to know whenever you plan of updating your hardware’s driver is its current version number because it will be your basis whether or not you need to update your driver. Since computers run on different OS, another important factor to consider when conducting a driver update is knowing which version is compatible with your computer’s OS.

To do this, you will need to follow the instructions below:

1. Open the Device Manager option from your computer’s Control Panel.

2. In the Device Manager, locate which device you would like to check for its driver version and number. You can work on the different hardware categories and find what you are looking for by clicking the + icon beside it.

3. After successfully locating the device that you want to update, right click its icon or name and click on Properties.
4. Click the Driver tab in the Properties window. There you would see the your driver’s current version and other information and statistics about the driver.
Take note that it is also important that you pay close attention to the provide of your hardware’s driver as well. There are instances where the currently installed driver is the hardware’s default driver, so comparing version numbers will just be a waste of time. So if you find a new driver update for your chosen hardware, there’s no harm in installing it. However, make sure that the version was released after the default driver’s date listed.

When performing a driver update, make sure that you make the right choice between 32-bit and 64-bit drivers, since the drivers specifically designed for them won’t work on each other, or may lack the features and specifications needed to make your hardware work perfectly smooth.
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