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Update Drivers in Windows XP

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Oct 2014
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Choose the Don't search. I will choose the driver to install. radio button and then click the Next > button.
Click the Have Disk... button on the Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware. window.
Click the Browse... button on the Install From Disk dialog box that appeared.

In the Locate File dialog box that appears next, navigate to the folder that you extracted as part of the driver download. Try to find your way to a folder labeled for Windows XP but don't worry if you don't find one.
Click the INF file that displays in the file list and click the Open button.

Note: Device Manager only reads INF files so you won't be able so select anything else. If you run in to trouble here, see the Tips at the bottom of this page.
Click the OK button back on the Install From Disk dialog box.
Choose the newly added hardware back on the Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware. window and then click the Next > button.

If you're warned about the software for the hardware device not passing the Windows Logo testing, click the Continue Anyway button. Many drivers are not Windows certified but are still safe to install.

Important: If you're installing a driver from anywhere other than the manufacturer of the hardware, click the STOP Installation button instead and obtain drivers from the manufacturer directly.
The Hardware Update Wizard will now use the instructions provided in the INF file from Step 11 to install the updated drivers for your hardware. Follow any additional instructions on screen to complete the driver update.
After the driver update is complete, click Yes to the "Do you want to restart your computer now?" question on System Settings Change dialog box.

Note: Not all driver updates require a restart of your computer. Even if you're not prompted, I always recommend restarting anyway. The driver update process involves changes to the Windows Registry and other areas of Windows. Restarting is a good way to confirm that updating drivers hasn't negatively impacted some other area of Windows XP.

If the driver update did cause some kind of problem, just roll back the driver and things should return to normal.

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