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Manually Fixing Windows 8 Drivers

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This page discusses and how to properly identify and download them. It also explains the importance of keeping your drivers up-to-date and some of the challenges with updating . Note: You can automatically download the correct by downloading the DriverUpdate™ Utility below.

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Please Note: While the recommended solution to easily updating and repairing drivers is to simply Download the Automatic Driver Update Tool, this step-by-step guide will help you with manually troubleshooting and attempting to fix the driver problems for yourself. Be Advised: You should use extreme caution when attempting to repair drivers manually.

Challenges to Improving Drivers

Developers share their own set of problems with drivers as well. Coding on the hardware level is extremely complex. The kind of programming it takes to write instructions for communication between circuitry demands unique skills and powerful logic. Driver developers are challenged by the demands for increased performance and they are challenged even further when required to achieve performance without losing neither stability, nor compatibility.

Yet another challenge developers face is compliance with Windows 8 security policies. Windows 8 driver updates often follow after Microsoft distributes updates for Windows. Drivers must maintain a minimum level of compliance to run on the Windows 8 operating system, but to achieve greater speed and performance, developers must strive to create the greatest level of compliance and compatibility possible between hardware devices, drivers and Windows 8.

However, despite all the improvements made to drivers, many user's have been unable to enjoy the benefits of up-to-date drivers due to the simple fact that they can not find, download or install the updated driver packages.

The Device Manager

Microsoft recognized this issue and stepped in. The device manager for Windows was first introduced in Windows 95. The device manager provides a solution for indexing all hardware devices connected to the motherboard that make up the computer and detailing the specifications of the devices and the driver software associated with them. Still, finding the device manager requires clicking through several windows and links.

The device manager enables users to see their devices and the drivers that go with them. It also provides an automated driver update utility. The driver update utility works by querying Microsoft's driver database for the most current drivers. Although, this database is often out-of-date itself.

How To: Update Drivers Using the Windows 8 Device Manager

To begin...

  1. Press the Windows key to open the Metro UI.

  1. Right-click in any blank space in the Metro UI and select the All apps

    icon. Metro will display a more comprehensive list of available apps.

  2. Click Control Panel. Windows will go to the Desktop and open the Control Panel in a new window.

  3. Click System and Security

  4. Click Device Manager The Device Manager will open in a new window.

Windows 8 Device Manager

  1. The device manager lists all devices installed in the computer and separates them by category. To update the driver for any one of the listed devices, first expand the category which the device you wish to update belongs to. Double-click the device you want to update and it's properties will open in a new window. Click the Driver tab to view more information about the driver.

Device Manager, hardware device window: viewing the Driver tab

  1. In the Driver tab, you can see the details of the current driver you are using for this given hardware device. Information may include the driver developer, the driver version, and the driver date, and it's digital signer.

  2. To attempt to update the driver for the presently viewed device using the Windows 8 device manager, click the Update Driver button.

  3. Click Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will now begin Searching online for software by querying it's databases throughout the web.

If Windows finds a more current driver, you will notice that Windows will begin Downloading driver software. After downloading the driver, Windows will notify you that it is Installing driver software. It will notify you when it is finished by showing this message: Windows has successfully updated your driver software. Acknowledge this message by clicking the Close button. Proceed to the next driver if you wish or close the device manager if you are finished.

If Windows does not find a more current driver than the one that you are using, you will receive this message: The best driver software for your device is already installed. Acknowledge this message by clicking Close.

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