Computer drivers are software that helps a device, such as a webcam, to work with your computer. Most items will automatically install the drivers when they are connected to your computer, but if they are not up to date, a device may not work. To resolve this problem, you will then need to install or update the driver manually.
Part 1 of 2: install the drivers
Step 1. Understand that most drivers install automatically
Usually, before you can use peripherals (webcams, printers, mice, and keyboards) with your computer, you need to plug them in and wait a few minutes. You may need to update your drivers manually, but usually you won't have to.
Step 2. Make sure you are connected to the Internet
Although many items can install their own drivers, some devices, such as printers, may require an Internet connection to do so.
Step 3. Connect your device to the computer
Usually, you can do this by plugging the cell's cable (for example, a USB cable) into the computer's receive port.
Step 4. Follow the on-screen instructions
The drivers usually install in the background (meaning you won't have to do anything to install them), but you may need to complete an installation questionnaire or agree to a contract before you install them. the item is not installed.
Step 5. Try to manually install the drivers
If the drivers for your device do not install automatically, you can install them using one of the following tips.
- Use the CD. If the item came with a CD, put it in your computer's disc drive, making sure to follow the on-screen instructions if necessary.
- Visit the manufacturer's website. You can often find drivers on your device manufacturer's website. Look for a named link Pilots, Software Where Support then download the latest versions. You can usually run the drivers by double-clicking their program icons.
- Visit third party sites. For particularly old or obsolete devices, it is possible to find custom drivers on sites like GitHub or SourceForge. If this is your case, download the driver file and double click on it to run it. However, be careful when visiting these sites, as you could easily accidentally download a virus.
Step 6. Restart your computer
Once you have installed your item and the drivers that came with it, you will only need to restart your computer to make sure they are running correctly. To do this:
- click on the menu To start up
- click on On Off
- click on To restart.
Part 2 of 2: Update the drivers
Step 1. Open the Start menu
Click on the Windows logo located at the bottom left of your screen.
Step 2. Enter device manager
So your computer will search for the program Device Manager, which is nothing more than what you'll use to update the drivers.
Step 3. Click Device Manager
This button is located at the top of the menu To start up. This will open the device manager window.
- You may click on the icon of Device Manager located in the taskbar to open the window before continuing.
Step 4. Expand a category
Find the category for the type of item you want to update, then double-click it. Several indented options will appear under the category title.
- For example, if it is the driver of a webcam that you want to update, double-click on the category Image acquisition periphery.
- If an indented option appears directly under the category, it is already expanded.
Step 5. Choose the name of your item
Under the category title, click the specific item whose drivers you want to update. This will select it.
Step 6. Click the Action tab
You will find it at the top of the window Device Manager. This will display a drop-down menu.
Step 7. Click Update Driver
It's at the top of the drop-down menu. A new window will open.
Step 8. Click Scan for Hardware Changes
This option is in the middle of the menu. Your computer will begin to search for drivers online.
Step 9. Wait for the driver to update
If new drivers are available for the selected item, you will receive a notification that they are being installed, and another when the installation is complete.
- To update your drivers, you may need to click on certain options that will appear on the screen. Then do so if prompted.
- If the message The best driver software for your device is already installed is displayed after a while, the selected item is up to date.
- Sometimes the discs that come with external components come with special software that allows the user to add excellent features to the product such as face filters for a webcam.
- Always eject USB components before disconnecting them from your computer. To do this, click on the USB key icon at the bottom right of the screen. You may need to click on ^ to see the USB drive icon. Then click on the option Eject.
- If you are downloading drivers from a third-party site, you may be asked for your computer's architecture (32-bit or 64-bit). You should check the operating system bit count on your computer to be sure.