Even though Vista includes drivers for many hardware devices, there is always the chance that one of your devices might not be recognized. In such cases, you have to manually install the drivers after setup.

Most devices come with a CD or floppy disk containing drivers. For optimal performance, I recommend using the drivers included with the device or visit the manufacturer’s Web site to obtain the very latest driver version. Some drivers may also be available through Windows Update.

You can use Device Manager to install or update drivers for devices. Device Manager remains unchanged from previous versions of Windows. It provides a graphical view of the hardware that is currently installed on your computer. It also lists the device drivers and resources associated with each device.

The installation of device drivers may vary between manufacturers. Typically, if the device is Plug and Play, plug the device into your computer and the driver should be installed automatically. You can also use the Add Hardware wizard to install devices.

The following steps outline how to use Device Manager to install updated drivers:

  1. From the Device Manager, double-click the type of device you want to update or change.
  2. Click the Driver tab.
  3. Click Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard.
  4. Accept the default option, Install the Software Automatically. Choose the Install from a List or Specific Location option if you have the updated driver so you can indicate the file location. Click Next.
  5. Windows searches for an updated driver and instructs you if it found an updated driver.
  6. Install the updated driver and click Finish.

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