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How to Install Drivers after Downloading them from DriverFinder
Last Updated a year ago

The world will be a better place if hardware manufacturers provide device drivers the SAME way. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Some companies provide drivers as direct executables (click-and-go!), some as zipped or compressed files, others ‘repackage’ drivers by other companies and provide them in a different format (e.g., HP repackages Intel drivers for use in their products), and so on.

DriverFinder is designed to take care of A LOT of different driver installers so that you can install them in one click. Sometimes, however, a few more steps are involved.

    Note: The following steps assume that you have already downloaded the driver recommendations of DriverFinder to your PC.

Solution #1. Use DriverFinder to automatically install the driver for you.

After you download a driver to your PC, the download button on the Scan Results tab changes to Open or Install.

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Install means that the device driver is ready for installation. Click this button to install the driver installation. Be sure to follow the installation wizard provided by the hardware manufacturer.

Open means that the computer hardware manufacturer provided the driver as a compressed file (e.g., .zip, .rar, .7c, or another format). Clicking Open means that you are instructing DriverFinder to unzip the file for you. If de-compressing the file is successful, Windows Explorer will open the file and all you have to do is double-click the .exe file you see in the directory to install the driver.

Note: If you cannot unzip a driver file, this means your PC is not capable of handling the decompressed file as provided by the driver manufacturer. You can download the free tool 7-zip to de-compress most file types.

Note: If clicking Open reveals several driver folders, this means that the driver manufacturer 'bundled' their driver updates in one file (as shown in the image below).

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In this example, clicking the Graphics folder reveals the win64_15407.4279.exe file that you should double-click to install the driver. Sometimes, it requires you to extract the zip file first before running the setup file.

Solution #2. Check that you didn’t just unzip a driver.

When you click Open in DriverFinder, it will open the driver file the manufacturer provided and all you need to do is double-click a *.EXE file to install the driver.

Sometimes the manufacturer, in this case, HP, has added an extra step in the process.

  1. In the Scan Results tab, click the Open button next to the device name.

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  2. If you see a screen like the one below, click Unzip.

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    Important: Take note of the directory or folder where the files are being extracted!

  3. Paste the directory on Windows Explorer and click Enter on your keyboard.

  4. Double click the .exe file in that folder to install the driver.


Solution #3. Extract and install zipped drivers.

  1. Download, install and set 7-zip as your default zip extractor.

    Tip: Please see article titled "Download 7-zip and Set as Default Extractor".

  2. Go to DriverFinder download location.

    • For Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\DriverFinder\Download

    • For Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\DriverFinder\Download

  3. You will see several numbered folders, open each folder and look for a zip file.

  4. Right-click on the zip file, select 7-Zip and then select Extract to "filename\".

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  5. Open the extracted folder and run the setup file


Solution #4. Install downloaded drivers via Hardware Update Wizard.

Please see the article titled Update Drivers via the Hardware Update Wizard.



Solution #5. Uninstall old drivers before installing the news ones you got from DriverFinder.

    Note: The following procedure requires a bit of know-how regarding the use of Windows' Device Manager. Please do this only if you are sure which drivers you want to uninstall.

Sometimes, new drivers will not work unless you completely uninstall the old ones first. In this case, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Run window.

    • For Windows XP: Click the Windows Start button and select Run.

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    • For Windows Vista and 7: Click the Windows Start button > All Programs > Accessories > Run.

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    • For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10: Right-click the Windows Start button and select Run.

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  2. Type devmgmt.msc, then click the OK button to open Device Manager.

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  3. Select the device whose driver you want to uninstall (e.g., Sound, video and game controllers).

  4. Right-click the specific device and then click Uninstall device.

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  5. Open DriverFinder.

  6. Click Scan Results.

  7. Click Open or Install to install the new driver.

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