What are Drivers?
Simply put, a driver when expressed in computer terms is a piece of software that sits between your computer and some hardware. One of the most commonly used drivers is a printer driver. Because computers come in all shapes and sizes and with different operating systems, you must download the correct driver that matches your operating system and hardware.
Without drivers, your printers, sound cards, network cards and sound cards would not work properly.
Updating Your Computer Regularly
From time to time, you may update your drivers, and this will give your hardware new features. Unfortunately not all driver updates go smoothly, and rather than curing a problem or making something better, the opposite happens and you find you have lost functionality.
If this happens to you, the first thing you should try and do is a system restore. You can find system restore in all versions of Microsoft Windows, and it allows you to roll back your settings to an earlier time. If you have only just updated the driver in question, roll your system back to the most recent restore point.
If it’s been longer, then roll back your system to a date when you know it was working. By using system restore, you can solve most driver update problems immediately.
On occasions when this doesn’t work, or if you don’t have access to system restore (it is turned off), your repair options are limited to reinstalling a working version of the driver.
System Rollback or Restore Points
First, you should uninstall the hardware that isn’t working. You can do this by going to the device manager in Windows. Just find the listing related to your hardware and delete it. There is no need to physically delete the device. If it’s a USB device, then you can simply unplug it.
Once the hardware is deleted, you can then scan for new hardware on your system, and your computer should find the device again. Hopefully, the correct driver will be installed automatically and your hardware will be working again.
On some occasions however it will be necessary to reinstall the driver. If you have the original CD that came with your hardware, then insert it and follow the manufacturers instructions.
If you don’t have the CD, then most hardware devices have support online. You may have to find the manufacturer’s website and download a driver from there.
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