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Install drivers on Windows

posted Dec 10, 2010, 12:58 AM by d graham   [ updated Jun 3, 2011, 5:17 AM ]

In order to understand installing a driver on the windows system one must first understand what a diver is. In order to understand what a driver is one must understand what a program is. A program is a set of instructions and data. A program run on the windows system is often referred to as a portable executable file. The portable executable file format is commonly seen as an executable file not a DLL, but in fact the portable executable standard allows for many different objects. A DLL is a dynamically linked library. The dynamically linked library is a set of data and instructions which can be utilized by another program or the operating system.

Typically to install a driver you will simply run an installer program, sometimes this will come on a CD with a device like a printer. Or for a device like a cellphones you may be able to get it directly from the manufacturer. Try googleing for your device driver if you cannot locate it directly from the manufacture, as sometimes there may exist copies of the manufactueres original drivers which internet users have backed up and posted for other users who were unable to locate the drivers previously.

One really helpful resource is if you go here you can look up drivers by the information you find about them in the device manager

here you can look-up drivers by the Vendor ID and the Device ID

ex: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_A011&SUBSYS_390817AA&REV_00