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How to find Windows Vista drivers for all your hardware

Written by IT News on 12:03 AM

If you have a new Windows Vista-based computer, here's how to find drivers for all your hardware.

Welcome to the 21st century

Fortunately, finding drivers isn't the chore it once was. When Microsoft released Windows XP in 2001, it also introduced Windows Update, a website for finding and installing important software and driver updates. With Windows Vista, Microsoft has simplified the process of finding and installing drivers even more.

Windows Update is now a fully integrated part of Windows, and Microsoft has worked with hardware manufacturers to make sure plenty of new drivers are available. More than 31,000 updated drivers were ready when Windows Vista was completed—far more than the 12,000 that were available at the completion of Windows XP—and more are becoming available every day through Windows Update.

In many cases, you don't even need Windows Update to install new devices. Often when you plug in a new device or install a new add-on card in your computer, Windows Vista will detect the hardware and automatically install the correct driver in less than a minute. A notification lets you know when installation begins and when it's complete. You don't have to do anything.

Picture of notification that Windows is installing a new driver

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