Switching to Windows 8 OS? Take your drivers along
Are you suffering from Windows 8 hardware woes? Is your system hardware freaking or behaving weirdly, making your system incredibly slow? Before blaming the OS for everything that went wrong on your PC ever since you made a move to the latest Windows 8 operating system, check if you have updated your system with the latest Windows 8-compatible drivers. Chances are that a simple driver update might end all your worries. Though you have been trusting Windows Update Center for automatic driver update, you must keep in mind that all new drivers are not available through Windows update. Another good way to rig your driver issues is the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant that identifies the software that need a quick update. Even though most of the drivers can be updated through this process, many software fall through the cracks and you need to manually update the drivers to optimize your Windows 8 system performance.
How to update
Through Windows Update Before moving on with the manual process of updating drivers for your Windows 8 system, you need to ensure if Windows Update has not already updated those drivers. To check for updates through Windows update:
- Open the Charms bar and click ‘Settings’.
- Select ‘Change PC settings’.
- Navigate to the Windows Update settings menu and click ‘Check for Updates’.
Windows Update will list down all the updates that are ready to install on your system. Manual installationTo manually install updates on your system, you need to launch the Device Manager on your desktop. For this,
- Go to the Home screen and type ‘Device Manager’.
- Click the ‘Settings’ tab in the Search menu.
- This will launch Device Manager in desktop mode.
- Search for the device that you want to update and right click on it.
- Select ‘Update Driver Software’ for updating the driver with the latest update.
You can either let Windows search for drivers or manually select a location for downloading your drivers. Keeping your drivers up-to-date will ensure that you enjoy trouble-free computing!