How to Update Drivers in Windows 8

January 21, 2013

by smehta in Drivers

The technology keeps on getting better and better. Windows 8, a huge improvement over Windows Vista and considerably faster than Windows 7, is up for grabs now. Great as it may be, users must keep in mind some tasks that they must continue to perform. This includes regularly updating device drivers.

While the steps for updating drivers in Windows 8 are not much different from those in Windows 7, it does no harm to take a look at them once again.

Install Windows Updates
Windows updates often contain the latest updates regarding built-in device drivers (drivers that were preinstalled on your Windows 8 PC). Installing Windows updates regularly is a great way of keeping your drivers up to date.

Install the latest updates from the manufacturers’ website
Updating drivers manually is not very complicated, but can be very time consuming. To update a third-party device driver, logon to its manufacturer’s website, locate the driver there, and download it. (See step-by-step guides on our homepage)

Install the driver using device manager
Another way of updating drivers is by using a device manager. You can access the Device Manager from the Control Panel.

After you’ve opened the Device Manager, locate and double-click the hardware device whose driver you need to update. Next, select the Driver tab, click the Update Driver button, and then click Search automatically for update driver software.

We round off this post with a bit of healthy advice: if you don’t need to through all the hassle involved in the manual process, simply purchase an advanced driver update software. Programs such as Smart Driver Updater are fast and reliable and will keep your Drivers up-to-date, allowing you to concentrate on more important things.

Sushant Mehta

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