Installing Drivers for Windows® ME
Installing drivers for Windows® ME and common issues that may arise.
Windows® ME is an operating system developed by Microsoft®. Drivers are installed in computers for the hardware device to work with Windows® ME. A driver is a small software program that allows a hardware device to communicate with a computer. The most common drivers for Windows® ME are sound card drivers, display drivers, printer drivers, USB drivers etc. All computer and hardware manufacturers provide a group of drivers in the CD/ Floppy disc with the computer, for different hardware devices for each version of Windows®. You need to install these drivers included with the diskette for the device to function properly. Device drivers could also be downloaded and installed. The downloaded file would be a compressed file that contains all the driver files. In order to install the driver, you need to uncompress the file and then run the executable file. Also the driver for a pre-existing device could be updated by using the update driver option in the ‘Device Manager’ of Windows®. Also, installation instructions for drivers and hardware devices are always contained in .inf file located within the drivers. Locate the .inf for Windows® ME, right-click that file and choose the option for installation. You need to reboot the system after installing the driver.
There are few issues that could come with these device drivers. Following are the issues and tips to resolve them:
- System Compatibility
- Device not Working Properly
- Outdated Driver Issues
You need to make sure that the hardware device is compatible with your computer and Windows® ME. If the device isn't compatible, you will need to find the correct version of the device. In order to get information about the device that is compatible with Windows® ME, you need to visit the hardware manufacture’s website. You will get the information about the correct devices compatible for the Windows® ME. You could then install this correct version on your system.
Device not Working Properly
If the hardware device is not working properly, you need to check whether the correct driver for the device is installed from the disc. Some devices require the system to be restarted after the driver is installed. Restarting the computer will solve the issues if the computer was not restarted after installing the driver. If the device is a USB device, disconnect it and then plug it in to a different USB port. Windows® ME should detect the device and install the drivers, and informs you if the device driver is not installed.
If the device stops functioning after working without issues for some time, the device driver needs to be updated. Updated drivers might be available through Windows® Update. If a new driver is not found through Windows® Update or from the manufacturer's website, try reinstalling the software that came with the device, which might contain drivers.