Fix Problems and Update Drivers for Windows 7
Drivers are not only device specific, they are also Operating System specific. This means that if you change or update your Operating System, you must also update your software Drivers.
Even if you do not make any changes to your system, Drivers are regularly updated so it is important to ensure that your PC has all the latest updates.
You can do this automatically by downloading a Driver Update Tool, or to troubleshoot the problem yourself. The article below will go through both options.
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This article will help you if you are experiencing any of the following problems with a PC running Windows 7:
- slowdown in your PC’s performance
- peripheral devices such as printers and scanners either not working or not working as expected
- peripheral devices ‘hanging’ or intermittently shutting down and restarting
- You get an error message when trying to use one of your devices (this could be sound, video, bluetooth, printer etc.)
If you are experiencing any of the above problems in Windows 7, or indeed any other Windows Operating System, then your first step should be to use the built-in and free Driver Verifier tool.
To access Driver Verifier you will need to :
- browse to the System32 folder
- open up the Driver Verifier program or access it via the command line by typing verifier.exe into the Run box
- Ensure all programs are closed before doing this as you will be asked to do a restart once you lauch the Driver Verifier.
If the Driver verifier has identified particular driver problems, then you can attempt to fix these driver problems by reinstalling the drivers if you still have access to them (they could also be available from the manufacturers website).
Automatic Drivers Updates for Windows 7 Driver
If you are having problems locating the Windows 7 Drivers you need, you can use a Driver update tool such as DriverDownloader to automate this process for you.
You can choose to register this software to automatically update Drivers or you can just use the software to run a free scan of your system. This will provide you with a free drivers report, you can then choose to register if you wish to get automatic Driver Updates. So, if you are running Windows 7 and experiencing some problems, you can use this free scan to test if these problems are Driver-related or even to rule it out if you think the source of the problem may lie elsewhere.