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Resolving DVD-ROM Problems for Windows XP

Despite the proliferation of high-speed internet access that allows computer users to download massive amounts of data, including their programs, video games, and videos, CDs and DVDs are still far and away among the preferred ways of transferring large files, installing applications, and enjoying movies and music. For this reason, a working DVD-ROM drive is an absolute must for anybody reliant on their computer for either work or entertainment. With recent innovations such as dual layer DVDs and high-capacity Blu-ray discs, a lot of people are upgrading their older optical drives for newer models.

Windows XP: Getting Old

Unfortunately, computer users still running Windows XP have been experiencing trouble getting their new drives to work with their systems. This can be attributed to the age of the operating system. As reliable and beloved as it is, Windows XP is beginning to show its age, especially in the realm of hardware support. The good news is, you can still upgrade to a newer DVD-ROM drive if you follow the following steps

Ensure Compatibility

DVD-ROM drives are made by a large number of manufacturers, each with their own specific ways of doing things, affecting not just performance and price, but compatibility as well. So before you go off and purchase a new DVD drive for your PC, you might want to pop over to this website, which is Microsoft’s exhaustive list of all the devices that are compatible with Windows XP. If the drive you’re thinking about getting is new, then it might not yet be listed on the catalog yet. Be sure to check the list for updates before making any other future purchases.

Windows XP has been the subject of 3 official service packs and numerous other updates. While most of these upgrades concern themselves with improving the operating system’s security and functionality, it also updates its library of drivers, which in turn makes it compatible with the newest devices and technologies. To update your copy of Windows XP, you can visit Microsoft’s dedicated webpage here.

Update Your Drivers

Since drivers are the software that allows your devices to interface properly with your operating system, they are absolutely necessary. The device’s driver might not be properly installed, or might be in need of some updating itself. The best way to do this would be to visit the website of your DVD drive’s manufacturer, go to their downloads or support page, pick out the right driver for your device and operating system combination, download it, and then install it.

If that task sounds like a handful or an unacceptable strain on your time, then you should be glad to hear that you don’t really need to bother with it anymore. Just download our user-friendly Driver Scan Tool and it will check out your system to see if all your device drivers are compatible and up to date. No more wasted hours of figuring out the problem anymore. Give it a try and see what a hassle-free computing experience is all about.

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