How do I locate missing drivers from my PC?? I always get notifications but I’m not sure where to find them and I do not want to download a virus.

Downloading drivers can be sticky business if you’re unsure where to find them or how to load them on your computer.? Most companies are becoming nicer with their approach to installing drivers making them packed into executable files but its always a tough act to find them if you don’t know where to look!

I always recomend checking in the Device Manager for a component or piece of hardware you think may not have drivers.? If it does not have drivers, it will show up with an exclamation point or question mark in your device manager and you can confirm that the computer acknowledges the need for new drivers.

To start the device manager, click Start >> Run>> type in “devmgmt.msc” without quotes and hit enter.

Right click any devices needing drivers and click install drivers.? It will ask if you’d like it to search the web for drivers (maily from Windows Update) so you could let it try to find the device automatically.? I like using Windows Update to download drivers (even if you manually go to the Windows Update website) the drivers?that could be updated/installed are located in the hardware tab on the top left.

Another great alternative is looking at the support tabs on the manufacturer’s website.? Most companies now have support tabs where they upload the drivers to a website and allow you to search for them with product names and models or serial numbers!? It’s quick, fast and safe which is the most important.? I do not advise people without computer safety training to blindly download drivers from the Internet because you never know what you’re truly getting…