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Windows 7 Drivers

Where to Download the Latest Windows 7 Drivers for Popular Hardware

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HP Drivers (Desktops and Laptops)

HP - Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
© Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

Any available Windows 7 drivers for HP desktop, laptop, and tablet computers can be downloaded via HP's standard support site, linked below.

Many of HP's desktop and laptop PCs have Windows 7 drivers available.

HP has also published valuable information about the availability of HP printer and scanner drivers in Windows 7 (see the HP entry below).

HP Drivers (Printers and Scanners)

HP - Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
© Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

The best way to get Windows 7 drivers for individual HP printers and scanners is to visit HP Support, linked below.

Enter your product information on their support page to find Windows 7 drivers for your HP Deskjet, Officejet, Photosmart, LaserJet, Designjet, or Scanjet imaging device.

From this page, you can see if your specific HP printer or scanner will work from a native Windows 7 driver, via an update from Windows Update, or from a Windows 7 driver downloaded directly from HP.

Intel Drivers (Motherboards)

Intel Corporation
©Intel Corporation

Windows 7 drivers for Intel motherboards can be downloaded via Intel's support page, linked below.

A quick check showed 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 drivers. The few motherboard driver download pages I looked at showed Windows 7 drivers for Intel's integrated video, audio, ethernet controller, and more.

Intel also keeps a short list [here] of motherboards, released around the time Windows 7 was released, that fully supported the operating system.

Intel Chipset "Drivers" (Intel Motherboards)

Intel Corporation
©Intel Corporation

The latest Intel Chipset Windows 7 "driver" is version 9.4.0.1027 (Released 2013-10-14).

Technically, these are not Windows 7 drivers. This update is actually an INF file update, which helps instruct Windows 7 how to identify and work properly with Intel chipset hardware like USB, Core PCI, and other integrated hardware.

This update applies to both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7.

Important: The page linked to below also lists the Intel chipsets currently compatible with this update. Do not install this update on a motherboard with a chipset that is not listed.

Lenovo (Desktops and Laptops)

Lenovo
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Windows 7 drivers for Lenovo desktop and laptop computers can be downloaded via Lenovo's support site, linked below.

Windows 7 specific questions can by asked on Lenovo's Windows 7 discussion board here. This is a great resource if you're having trouble finding Windows 7 drivers for your Lenovo product or having issues installing a driver.

Lexmark Drivers (Printers)

Lexmark International, Inc.
© Lexmark International, Inc.

Current information on Windows 7 drivers for individual Lexmark printers is available from the Windows 7 Printer Drivers list on Lexmark's site, linked below.

From this page, you can see if your specific Lexmark printer will work best with the native Windows 7 driver, with the latest Windows 7 driver downloaded directly from Lexmark, or with the latest Windows Vista driver, also available from Lexmark.

Several Lexmark small business and home office all-in-one and inkjet printers are listed separately from those linked below. You can access them here.

Microsoft Drivers (Keyboards, Mice, Etc.)

Microsoft Corporation
© Microsoft Corporation

In addition to creating operating systems like Windows 7, Microsoft also produces hardware like keyboards, mice, game controllers, webcams, and more.

Microsoft hardware products with Windows 7 drivers are listed on on their Microsoft Hardware Support for Windows 7 page, linked below.

Some of the most up to date Windows 7 drivers for Microsoft hardware may be still be in beta. Please be aware that beta drivers may not always work properly and you should update as soon as final versions become available.

Microtek Drivers (Scanners)

Microtek Lab, Inc.
© Microtek Lab, Inc.

Windows 7 drivers for Microtek scanners are available for many recent models and are downloadable from the link below.

At this time, it looks like Windows 7 drivers are available for several newer ScanMaker and ArtixScan models. Windows 7 64-bit drivers are only available for a few ArtixScanDI scanners from Microtek.

Microtek has no plans to release certified drivers for many of their older but extremely popular scanners. However, according to Microtek, many their Windows XP 32-bit drivers work perfectly well in Windows 7, including those for popular models like the ScanMaker 4800, 4850, 3800, and more.

NVIDIA GeForce Driver (Video)

NVIDIA Corporation
© NVIDIA Corporation

The latest NVIDIA GeForce Windows 7 driver is version 340.52 (Released 2014-07-29).

This Windows 7 driver is compatible with NVIDIA GeForce series 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, and TITAN desktop GPUs, plus GeForce series 8M, 9M, 100M, 200M, 300M, 400M, 500M, 600M, 700M, and 800M notebook GPUs. NVIDIA ION and ION LE GPUs are also supported, both desktop and notebook versions.

Note: NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA Surround, and NVIDIA Update are all included in this single driver suite.

Important: There are Windows 7 32-bit drivers and 64-bit drivers available from NVIDIA. Take care in choosing the correct one for your system.

Important: These NVIDIA GeForce drivers are directly from NVIDIA - the GPU manufacturer. An NVIDIA GeForce GPU may be a part of your video card or motherboard but NVIDIA only created the GPU. This means that it's possible there's a Windows 7 driver that better fits your hardware available from your actual video card or motherboard manufacturer.

Realtek AC97 Driver (Audio)

Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
© Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

The latest Realtek AC97 Windows 7 driver is version 6305 (Released 2009-09-07).

This download contains both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of this Windows 7 driver.

Important: The Realtek AC97 drivers linked to here are directly from Realtek - the chipset manufacturer. The AC97 chipset may be a part of your sound card or motherboard but Realtek only created the chipset. This means that it's possible there's a Windows 7 driver that better fits your hardware available from your actual sound card or motherboard manufacturer.

Note: I've listed various Realtek drivers separately because of their individual popularity.

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