Simple Steps to Updating Windows Vista Drivers
Windows Vista has "backwards compatibility" with all previous versions of Windows. This gives it about 20,000 potential working Windows Vista drivers! You can keep some of the most important ones up-to-date by using the Windows Update tool, located in the Control Panel.
Using the Windows Device Manager
Before you update any of your drivers, check your hardware in the Device Manager. You can find this in the Control Panel.
Look through your list of hardware devices, clicking on the "+" symbol next to the hardware categories. This will let you see each device.
If you see an exclamation mark, question mark, or yellow triangle next to anything, that's a sure sign it needs a driver or driver update.
Installing New Windows Vista Drivers
Make sure you are running the latest version of DirectX before installing any drivers. You can check the Microsoft website for the latest update to DirectX.
Before you install a new driver, make sure your chipset drivers are up-to-date. These are the most vital drivers on your entire system, and help make sure all new installations (as well as updates) run smoothly.
How to Update Your Windows Vista Drivers
In the Device Manager, locate the device you want to update the drivers for and right-click. Select Properties and then the Drivers tab. Click the Update Driver button and the Hardware Update Wizard loads. Follow the directions to update the driver.
Rolling Back Drivers
From time to time, new drivers may not work properly. When this happens, you need to roll it back.
Find the device in the Device Manager and right-click on it. Select "Properties". Click on the Drivers tab and select "Rollback Drivers".
Device Drivers from CD
Although it is less and less common these days, many hardware devices do come with a CD that contains the appropriate drivers. This is especially true for printer drivers and modems. Occasionally, your new computer system may come with a general "default device" CD or DVD with a multitude of drivers on it.
Be Careful When You Download Windows Vista Drivers
When you update your drivers, make sure you get the "mature" drivers from the official hardware manufacturer's website. Don't get the beta or pre-release versions, as they may still have bugs.
Make sure you stay away from any "free software downloads" websites. Their drivers are often mislabeled and/or old. In addition, many of them may contain viruses or other malicious software! Please only stick with official sources for your Windows Vista drivers.
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