Friday, January 14, 2011

Update or change a device driver In Windows XP

Ensure the latest device driver for each of the devices is loaded in Windows XP. Manufacturers frequently update their drivers to fix problems and take advantage of operating system features. These drivers are usually available from the manufacturer's Web site, and Microsoft also maintains driver files for many devices on its Web sites.

Upon downloading drivers, read the manufacturer's instructions before attempting to use the files to update the device. Often, downloaded driver files are compressed into a self-executing file that needs to be extracted in order to use the driver. In the Hardware Update Wizard, click to select the Have Disk option, then click the Browse button to locate the driver files.

Install a new driver from Device Manager

1. Double-click the type of device you want to update or change.

2. Right-click the specific device driver you want to update or change.

3. Click Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard. Follow the wizard instructions.

Rolling back to a previous version of a driver

Use this feature if you encounter problems after you install a driver, such as error messages when you access the device, faulty behavior of the device, or even the inability to start Windows.

Windows XP provides this roll back to a previous, working, device driver:

1. Right-click the device for which the previous version of the driver is desired and then click Properties.

2. Click the Drivers tab.

3. Click Roll Back Driver.

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