Updating a driver can also enable new or updated features for the hardware.
"How Do I Update Drivers in Windows?"
Drivers are updated in Windows by using a driver update wizard from within Device Manager.
The driver update wizard walks you through the entire driver update process, making updating drivers a fairly painless task.
How To Update Drivers in Windows 8
How To Update Drivers in Windows 7
How To Update Drivers in Windows Vista
- How To Update Drivers in Windows XP
Updating a hardware device's driver is usually the first troubleshooting step to any hardware issue in Windows.
In particular, a simple driver update will often correct many of the common Device Manager error codes.
Important: If you're running a 32-bit version of Windows, you must install 32-bit drivers. If you're running a 64-bit version of Windows, you must install 64-bit drivers.
Not sure what version of Windows you have? See Am I Running a 32-bit or 64-bit Version of Windows? and learn how to find out.