Manually Update Drivers in Windows 10

A new tutorial has been released to detail how to manually update drivers in Windows 10. As many businesses are projected to upgrade to the OS in the next 12 months, it's critical that you're able to get all your legacy peripherals running on it.
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Windows 10 Manual Driver Update
Windows 10 Manual Driver Update
SAN DIEGO - Oct. 31, 2016 - PRLog -- To manually update the drivers in Windows 10, you need two things. Firstly, you need the driver files you wish to use, and secondly you need administrator permissions to change such a critical component of the system. This will give you the ability to manually download drivers for any older hardware, and should allow Windows 10 to use them. There are several issues with this, and the newly released tutorial explains how to sidestep them.

The primary reason why people would want to manually update Windows 10 drivers is to run old hardware. Maybe a printer, scanner or keyboard that was bought and no longer "supported" by the manufacturer or Microsoft, even though they may have supported Windows 8.

The good news is that old hardware can be run on Windows 10 by downloading & using the correct drivers. This obviously poses several risks to the integrity of your system, but could give you the use of the hardware again. The tutorial suggests you need to use the following steps...

Firstly, you need to click onto Right-Click on "Start" button, select "Device Manager". This will bring up a list of all the peripherals that Windows has detected. You should be able to see everything that is attached to your system, and thus you need to scroll through the list and pick the peripheral you are trying to get working. Once selected, you can Right-Click and select "Update Driver Software".

Once you select this, a new Window will appear which allows you to let Windows search for a driver or pick your own. The way the automated system works is to match the hardware ID to a list of compatible drivers. If Microsoft does not have an appropriate driver in its database, the process will likely fail (or a "default" driver will be installed). Thus, you need to select "Browse my computer for driver software".

This is where you then need to download the appropriate driver. There is no set definition on how to do this, apart from to say that it has to be from the manufacturer as Microsoft has implemented "digital driver signing" in an attempt to verify the drivers it has available. If you download a third-party driver which isn't digitally signed, Win10 won't run it.

If you have an old CD or a downloaded set of drivers, you need to go back to the "Driver Update" window and select the "Browse" button. This will give you access to your hard drive, from which you need to find the driver files you've obtained. By selecting the one which appears (normally .inf), you'll soon know if Windows will accept it or not. If it doesn't get accepted, you'll either need to download more appropriate drivers from a specified driver update tool or use one of Windows' inbuilt drivers to get the hardware running again.

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