Wednesday, 19 June 2013

How to Install drivers manually in Windows 8

Currently, lots of PC components do not have a functioning driver for Windows 8, so you have to help things along somewhat while migrating to Windows 8. Firstly, make sure that you've updated Windows 8 to the latest version. To know if updates are available, type ‘Windows Update’ on the
Start screen. The search will throw up a short list of options. Initiate the process with ‘Search for updates’. However, hardware like printers or scanners can't be used properly with Windows 8 this way. If the device is not automatically recognised, you will have to download the drivers for it. But if the manufacturer does not provide drivers for Windows 8, get hold of a driver for Windows 7 or Windows Vista and try installing that. When installing the driver, select ‘Properties’ in the context menu of the setup file and in the ‘Compatibility’ tab, set the compatibility mode to ‘Windows 7’. If the setup itself refuses to install on Windows 8, you have one last chance: many Windows Vista and Windows 7 driver packages contain a ‘.inf’ file with which some hardware can function under certain circumstances.
Connect this ‘.inf’ file with the hardware by following these steps. First, search for the device in the ‘Device manager’. You can identify drivers that have not been properly installed by the warning exclamatory mark in the line. You can see which hardware has not yet been recognised by Windows 8 and is not functioning. Now select ‘Update driver software’ by right-clicking on the hardware and click ‘Search for the driver software in the computer’. Click on the button ‘Select from a list of device drivers on the computer’ and then on ‘More’. Now, select ‘Data storage ... Browse’, navigate to the ‘.inf’ file in the driver folder and confirm your selection. Your driver may just be installed on
Windows 8 and there's a good chance the hardware will work.

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