Drivers for Windows® Vista
How to install different drivers for Windows Vista and what are the things that have to be kept in mind while installing them?
Windows Vista already comes with various essential drivers. There are a variety of drivers that are there in this operating system, including storage controller, sound card, display adapter drivers, etc. Apart from these drivers, there are also many external device drivers like removable storage device, printer, scanner, keyboard, other pointing device drivers, etc. with Windows Vista. The best part of Windows Vista is that most of the hardware devices are automatically supported by the operating system.
Some of the things that have to be kept in mind while installing drivers for Windows Vista are as follows:
- Search for the known and the unknown drivers
- Check the exact motherboard driver
- Check the number of tray icons
- Take a backup of the drivers
Search for the known and the unknown drivers
You can search the known and the unknown drivers that are installed on Windows Vista through the 'Device Manager', by clicking on the 'Control Panel'. The 'Device Manager' will provide you complete information about the installed drivers and devices on the machine. The unknown drivers are demarcated from the known ones by a yellow exclamation mark that comes before the icons of the unidentified drives. You can restart your machine to make sure that the unidentified drivers start working.
Check the exact motherboard driver
You may be in a confusion as to what type of drivers are required to be installed for the motherboard. This information can be attained from the system itself. You have to examine the BIOS of the system as the information about the motherboard can be tracked down from there itself. As the BIOS information provides guidance on the motherboard, you can well figure out the drivers that are needed for the motherboard.
The system tray has many programs and drivers placed on it. At times, the tray is jammed unnecessarily killing the available space on the machine. There are many drivers that are there in the tray but are hardly used. It is wise to clear the unused drivers from the tray and clear the space as much as possible. You have to disable the driver from the system tray to stop its function.
You should always take a backup of the drivers before installing them on your system. It might be that you need to re-install some drivers later. It is then that the backup of drivers will play an essential role.