Windows® 7 device drivers
Role of device drivers in a Windows 7-based computer and tips for their installation
Windows 7 as installed in your system requires a number of device drivers to be installed. These drivers are required by each hardware component or device installed in the system. These drivers are actually software programs written by the manufacturer which are made to act as a communication link between the device and hardware and the operating system. The devices within a system will be unable to perform without correct set of drivers. These devices would get regular conflicts with each other without proper drivers. Different devices like printers, scanners, web cams all require specific device drivers. You need to install proper drivers in your system to ensure that the particular device is communicating with the OS well and working accordingly.
Here are some details of device drivers for Windows 7 and their system requirements:
- System requirements
- Network driver
- Sound driver
- Display driver
To install device drivers in your Microsoft Windows 7 system, you need to configure the system with minimum system requirements of the driver. The processor requirement is a 1 gigahertz or faster 32 or 64-bit processor. It requires a 1 gigabyte 32-bit or 2 GB RAM 64-bit RAM. 16 GB of available hard disk space is to be allocated in the system install the driver. The graphics device needed is a DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or its higher driver. There are also some additional system requirements. A good Internet access is needed and depending on resolution the video playback might require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware.
One among the device driver needed for Microsoft Windows 7 is the network driver or LAN driver. This is needed for the network controller. Operating system starts communicating with the network controller after you install the network driver. You could configure the network and make your computer a part of the home or office network after connecting the network cable to the RJ 45 port.
A sound driver is an essential device driver for your Windows 7 computer. If the sound driver is not installed, the system would not produce any sound. Without proper sound driver, no audio player would work. You could check device manager to find out if the sound driver is installed or not. The main role of the sound driver is to ensure the high quality audio output from your system.
A display driver is needed in Windows 7 for the display quality and screen resolution. If the proper display driver is not installed, then Windows 7 would boot up with minimum screen resolution. Without a proper display driver, many games, video players, music players would not work. If the driver is properly installed for display, you could see the name of the display adapter, under the display adapter tab in the device manager of the system.