If you're about to update a driver in Windows XP, check the version number of the currently installed driver against the version number of the latest driver available. You may have the best driver for the hardware already installed.
Follow these easy steps to find a driver's version number from within Device Manager in Windows XP:
Note: Not using Windows XP? See the tip at the bottom of the page for help.
Once in Device Manager, locate the device that you want to find the driver version number of.
Note: Work through the hardware categories by clicking the + icon. You'll find the hardware device you're looking for under one of these categories.
After finding the device you're looking for, right click on its name or icon and then click on Properties.
In the Properties window for the device, click on the Driver tab.
On the Driver tab, look for Driver Version among the other statistics about the driver. It will be located above the large buttons.
Next to Driver Version you'll see the version number of the currently installed driver for this device.
Important: Be sure to pay attention to the Driver Provider as well. It's possible that the currently installed driver is a default driver (likely from Microsoft) in which case comparing version numbers will be of little value. Go ahead and install the updated manufacturer's Windows XP driver but only if the new driver was released after the Driver Date listed.
Remember to choose correctly between 32-bit and 64-bit drivers when downloading updates for your device.
Not sure which one to choose? See How To Determine if You're Running Windows XP 32-bit or Windows XP 64-bit for help.
Not using Windows XP? See How Do I Find a Driver's Version Number in Windows? for specific instructions for your version of Windows.