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Published on 06.16.08 by Brent Trahan

Manually Update or Install a Driver in Windows Vista

This guide shows you how to manually update or install a driver in Windows Vista.

Manually Update or Install a Driver

  1. Open the Control Panel in the Start menu.
  2. Switch to Classic view by clicking Classic view in the left sidebar of the Control Panel.
  3. Open System.
  4. Click Device Manager in the left sidebar of the System window.
  5. Right click the device you want to install or update a driver and select Update Driver Software.

Windows Update

When you install or update a driver you can get the new driver from Microsoft through Windows Update or locally from a disk or other location. Let’s try Windows Update first.

  1. Click Search automatically for updated driver software in the Update Driver Software window.

  2. Windows will search for new or updated drivers on Windows Update. If it finds any it will automatically install them for you. If it doesn’t you’ll get an error like the one below.

Local

If Windows Vista can’t find drivers on Windows Update and you have the drivers on a disk or on the computer you can choose to browse to browse your computer for the drivers.

  1. Click Browse my computer for driver software in the Update Driver Software window.

  2. Browse to the location of the drivers and then click Next.

  3. If it finds the drivers Windows Vista will automatically install them for you.

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4 Responses to “Manually Update or Install a Driver in Windows Vista”

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  1. Thankful Citizen says:

    Thanks, this really helped!

  2. Aprinto says:

    How can I find updated *.msu or *.msi file in my PC?
    I want to burn them into CD or DVD, so I not need to connect internet to update if I must reinstall Vista.

  3. joe says:

    well i have some kind of update trail telling me that i need to update my drivers and the BSOD happened to me im kinda on the poor side so i need to know how “I” update manually i know what update i need but i need to know where to get it, and where i put it, and all the rest of the steps inbetween.

  4. Zachary bush says:

    This REALLY WORK. I was finally able to get the my Network adapter working.

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