A lot of PC users feel that finding missing device drivers is a very troublesome task, most especially if they don’t know the identity of their problematic devices. In this post, we will consider how to find all missing drivers with ease together with some of the benefits that come with fixing your device driver related issues automatically. In addition, we will also consider the risks of downloading drivers manually, such as device drivers bundled with malicious programs and viruses, and drivers incompatible with your Windows OS-type, either 32-bit or 64-bit.
Finding Missing Device Drivers with Ease – Highly Recommended
To find your missing device driver with ease, you will need to use reliable and sophisticated automatic driver update software such as Driver Detective. This driver update tool is compatible with Windows OS such as Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, both 32-bit and 64-bit OS.
After installing this software, you will need to run a Driver Scan by clicking the Scan Now button, and then you can review the Scan Results afterward.
The scan results will be provided for you in a well presented manner, with a pie graph and a breakdown of your computer’s hardware devices (portable devices that are currently unplugged will also be included by default). As shown in the image, there are three devices with missing device drivers, namely: Audio Device, Ethernet Controller, and Video controller.
To find your missing device drivers, the next step that you must do is to let Driver Detective download these drivers, but before you can download your missing drivers automatically, you will need to avail a Driver Detective license first. After that, you can let Driver Detective software download all the missing drivers of your PC, and then you can install these drivers to fix your device driver related issues.
For example, after registering Driver Detective software, you can easily download all of your missing drivers such as the Ethernet Controller driver. Driver Detective will notify you once driver download is completed, and then you can readily install the downloaded driver by clicking the Yes button.
After extracting the driver installer, you will be guided by the Device Driver InstallShield Wizard throughout the installation process.
Take note that the Installer Wizards differ for each hardware devices and their corresponding provider/manufacturer. For our example, the Ethernet Controller device driver is provided by Broadcom.
After installing the device driver, you can rescan your computer to see if you successfully installed the device driver on your PC.
Well, you can always perform the Device Driver Search and Download task manually, but the price of purchasing a Driver Detective license is much cheaper compare to the troubles and risks of finding drivers manually online. Let us consider these troubles and risks that you might encounter during manual Driver Search and Download.
If you are reading this post about finding all your missing drivers with ease, there is a big possibility that you have already experienced how troublesome it is to find drivers manually. One of the troubles encountered by PC users like you starts with the most basic thing that all PC users must first do before searching for drivers manually, and it is to identify the problematic devices.
There are cases when the Device Manager won’t be able to provide detailed descriptions or useful information (name, device type, manufacturer, etc) about your problematic devices, such as Other Devices Base System Device, Other Devices Coprocessor, and Other Devices Ethernet Controller. These cases might happen after you have undergone major changes on your Operating System, such as clean OS upgrade/downgrade installation.
Another trouble encountered by PC users like you is the fact that there are many search results online that might lead you nowhere. And considering these search results, there are also big risks that you might download and install driver files bundled with malicious programs (adware, spyware, etc) and computer viruses. There are also cases that a PC user might download an outdated version or corrupted drivers, resulting in system failures and additional hardware device problems.
Another factor that you must consider is the fact that device drivers are designed for specific Operating Systems. For example, there are drivers designed for Windows Vista only, and will not fully function or will not function at all on Windows XP or Windows 7. There are also drivers that are only designed for specific editions of Operating System such as drivers designed for Windows Vista 64-bit OS which will not function if you will install them to a PC installed with Windows Vista 32-bit OS. Much worse, installing incompatible drivers on your pc might result in incompatibility issues such as computer hang-ups and freezing.
Let us take the device drivers required to fix Other Devices Ethernet Controller issue of Asus Z99Dc Notebook.
As shown in the image above, the two driver files have the same driver version which is Version V65.8.5, and they also have the same update date (2007.09.22). On the other hand, there is a big difference between the file sizes of these two drivers. This fact clearly shows that these drivers are two different driver files, one for Windows Vista 32-bit OS and another for Windows Vista 64-bit OS.
Take note that failing to distinguish your OS version, edition, and OS-type, and installing incompatible drivers on your PC might result in system instability and system failures.
Benefits of Automatic Option
Finding your device drivers with ease through the automatic option not only saves you from the troubles and risks lurking online, but is also very practical compared to visiting PC repair shops or bugging you PC savvy friends every time you encounter hardware device problems.
Additionally, there are also cases when your device drivers or your system might be corrupted, and Driver Detective software will lend you a hand for these cases with its built-in Driver Backup Wizard. If you are planning to migrate (upgrade or downgrade) your Operating System, Driver Detective can also assist you through its EZ Migrator. It is a built-in wizard which will let you download drivers compatible with the new OS that you will install on your PC.
Thus, with the benefits of the automatic option, finding all your missing drivers with ease is a great choice and an option far better than spending hours of your time and energy looking for drivers across the Internet.