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How to verify if your Windows computer has drivers properly installed?

Internally, all Windows computers are built using hardware parts manufactured by different companies. Windows computers require additional files called drivers to understand how to operate these hardware parts. Computers with wrong or missing drivers will not work properly. I’ve serviced many computers that have experienced a hardware failure due to drivers that have been installed incorrectly.

Newer versions of Windows, like Windows 10, have been improved to integrate better with these internal hardware parts. On the other hand, older versions of Windows, like Windows 7, require a more personalized installation in order to have all of the drivers working properly.

Verify your drivers on Windows 7

On your Windows 7 desktop, Click the Start Menu, then right-click on Computer. Then click Properties.

Windows 7 start menu System Properties

In the System Properties Window, click Device Manager.

System Properties window on Windows 7

In the Device Manager, look for items that have a warning icon.

Windows 7 Device Manager showing a USB driver not working correctly

Most computers with drivers problems can be fixed with a remote support session. In some cases, a full re-installation of the Windows 7 operative system is necessary to correct the problem.

Verify your drivers on Windows 8 and Windows 10

On your Windows 8 or Windows 10 desktop, click the Start Menu, type “This PC”, then right click on This PC in the Best Match list and click Properties.

This PC Properties on Windows 10 Start Menu

In the System Properties Window, click Device Manager.

System Properties Window on Windows 10

In the Device Manager, check for items that have a warning icon.

Device Manager on Windows 10

If your computer is missing drivers and you need help, feel free to call me at (956) 335-0010 or click here to send me a message.