All of us know that Windows 8 is the latest OS release from Microsoft. It has got many advanced features which are quite different from the previous editions of OS from Microsoft. However, Windows 8 does not have built in drivers for all the hardware it works with. You may have to update the drives manually not only to ensure smooth functioning of the PC, but also to facilitate new features for the hardware.
Read through the steps provided below to equip yourself with ideas on how to update Windows 8 drivers.
- Check for latest Windows 8 drivers in the websites of the hardware manufacturer. It will ensure that the driver you download is latest and valid. Create a folder, download and extract the latest drivers.
- Navigate to Windows 8 control panel and launch the Device Manager.
- Once the Device Manager is launched, hit or touch the icon and open the category where the devices with driver updates are under.
- Right click on the particular device which requires drive updates and select “Update Driver Software”. This will launch the ‘Update Driver Software wizard’.
- Press on “Browse my computer for driver software” when you are prompted with a question “How do you want to search for driver software?”
- Once you r press on “Browse my computer for driver software”, you will find a drop down menu to choose from. Select the option “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer” which you see close to the bottom of the window.
- Select “Have Disk” option which you find on the bottom-right below the text box.
- You will now see ‘Install From Disk’ window. Select the browse option you find on the bottom right corner of the window.
- When you are prompted to ‘Locate File’, navigate to the folder where you have downloaded and extracted the drivers (Step 1).
- Select any INF file from the file list and double click to open it.
- Press the ‘OK’ button on the ‘Install From Disk Window’.
- Select the recently extended hardware in the text box and hit or press ‘Next’.
- Your Windows 8 drivers update will now begin.
- Once the update process is completed, a window with a message ‘Windows has successfully updated your driver software’ will appear.
- Close the window and then the Device Manager.
- Reboot your PC now.
Windows 8 does not often prompt you to reboot the PC after the driver update. However, it is recommended to reboot the PC as the there have been some registry changes due to driver update which might cause negative impact to some application unless you execute a restart.