How to Scan a Computer for Missing Drivers on Windows

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    How to Scan a Computer for Missing Drivers on Windows


    Looking for a solution to find out missing drivers in you computer? Driver software lets a computer's operating system (OS) communicate with hardware and peripherals. Every part which is attached to your computer requires a driver to act properly, whether it's a video card, keyboard or printer. Most of the components and peripherals include a driver disc when you buy them. The Windows operating system (OS) also includes tools to find missing drivers. Use tools to scan your computer for devices without a driver installed. Windows then will connect to the Internet to download a compatible driver for your system. Let us see, how to Scan a Computer for Missing Drivers.

    Computer Management

    Step 1) Click on Start menu and type 'Computer Management‘ in the search box.

    Device Manager

    Step 2) Once Computer Management menu opens, click on 'Device Manager' on left side menu of computer management window.

    See Warning Symbol

    Step 3) If any of drivers is missing the section will be expanded automatically and marked with a little yellow color (mark) warning symbol. By looking into this you could easily figure out what drivers you are missing and you will easily find them.

    Step 4) Right click on missing drivers component and click on update driver software.

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    Scan For Drivers

    Step 5) There is sensible likelihood that you simply have already got drivers in your PC, which suggests you'll click on Browse my PC for driver code choice. If you do not assume you have got the drivers on your PC then opt for the primary choice, Search mechanically for updated driver code, which can try and notice the drivers through Windows Update. If you select to browse your PC keep following these directions.
    Step 6) Here Click on 2nd option. Pick from a list.

    Step 7) Here you can pick the device.

    Step 8) Select the proper drivers for system and click on Next button.

    Step 9) Drivers will be automatically installed on your PC.

    Restart Your Computer

    Step 10) You will be required to restart your computer/PC before the driver will work properly.

    Step 11) After restart check to make sure the drivers was installed successfully. This time it shouldn't show any missing drivers.

    Please make sure that you installed correct driver software if you choose first option to find updated driver software in step 6.

    Easy Steps to Find Device Drivers

    Driver software allows computer operating systems to communicate with hardware and devices. Every component installed on your computer requires a driver to function properly, be it a video card, keyboard or printer. Most components and peripherals include a disk controller when you buy it. The Windows System also has in built methods to find out missing drivers. Use this tool to find devices on your computer that do not have drivers installed. Windows is connected to the Internet to download compatible drivers.

    Click on the Windows "Start" menu and select "Control Panel." Open "Device Manager" to see a list of all devices connected to your computer.


    Look for any hardware listed in "Device Manager" marked with a yellow exclamation mark. This exclamation point indicates that there are no drivers installed on the device.


    Right-clicking on each device marked requires driver. Select "Update driver software". Choose "Automatically Search Drivers" in the question "How do you want to find the driver?" Now, Windows will connect to the Internet to find compatible drivers.


    Click "Find my computer for driver software" instead if you have disk drivers for this device. Insert the disk into the drive and click "Browse." Select the disk location and click "OK". Windows will now scan the drive to look for drivers. Click "Install" when you are. Restart your computer when you are asked to complete the installation.


    Click on the Windows "Start" menu and select "Windows Update" from the "All Programs" list if Windows cannot install the missing driver. Windows Update has a more complete driver detection function. Click "Check for updates." Windows will scan your computer for the missing driver.



    Click "Optional updates available" when Windows Update has finished scanning your computer. Check the drivers listed on "Windows" in the "Select the update that you want to install" menu. Select "OK" and then choose "Install" to download the latest driver. Now restart your computer when you are asked to complete the installation.

    Why Should You Update Device Drivers?

    Why Should You Update Device Drivers
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