Fix Windows driver problems

Posted by Tushar Bedekar

Version: XP, Vista, 7

Most hardware problems can be traced to the drivers, the software that enables them to work with Windows. When it comes to tracking down problems, the first port of call should be Windows' own Device Manager – here's how to troubleshoot problems using this useful tool.

Step 1. Open Device Manager

Press [Windows] + [R], type "devmgmt. msc" and press [Enter]. Look for yellow exclamation marks next to troublesome hardware devices and double-click one.


Step 2. Get error details

Look on the General tab for an error code and description of the problem – if a troubleshoot button is present, click it to see if you can fi x the problem easily.

Step 3. Search online


If no fix is forthcoming, use the error details as part of your web search – try a general search first, then add your hardware's make and model if necessary. 
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