Frequently Asked Question

Update Drivers via the Hardware Update Wizard
Last Updated a year ago

Sometimes, Windows insists on using certain drivers because it is a signed driver, which Microsoft prefers. This, however, prevents you from benefiting from certain features that the hardware manufacturer (e.g., SiS, VIA, HP, Realtek, etc.) intends for you to have.

You can still update to new device drivers but do this via the Windows Hardware Update Wizard. This way, you are telling your Windows PC, to use the new drivers you want.

Note: The steps below assume that you have already downloaded and installed the new driver recommended by DriverFinder.


For Windows XP

  1. 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. In the View menu of the Device Manager, click Show hidden devices.

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  4. Right-click the device and select Update Driver. This will open the Hardware Update Wizard window

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  5. In the Hardware Update Wizard window, select No, not this time and click Next.

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  6. Select Install from a list of specific location (Advanced) and click the Next button.

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  7. Select Don't search. I will choose the driver to install, then click Next.

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  8. Mark the check box for Show compatible hardware, select the "New" driver from DriverFinder under Model and then click Next.

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  9. Wait for the installation to finish, then click the Finish button and restart your PC.



For Windows Vista 7, 8, 8.1 and 10

  1. Open the Run window.

    • 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 OK.

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  3. Click the View tab, then select Show hidden devices.

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  4. Expand the Device Category and right-click the device you want to update, then click Update Driver to open Hardware Update Wizard.

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      Note: For Windows Vista and 7, select Update Driver Software.

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  5. In the Hardware Update Wizard window, select Browse my computer for driver software.

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  6. Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer, then click Next.

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  7. Mark the check box for Show compatible hardware, select the "New" driver from DriverFinder under Model and then click Next.

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  8. After installing the driver, click Close.

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  9. Reboot your computer.

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