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Updating bios for dummies

If you're not that lucky, don't worry about it, just navigate to the folder with the extracted driver files.

In this tutorial, I'll be updating the driver for the network card on computer running Windows 7 Ultimate.

It's important to download a driver directly from its source so you're sure you're getting the most valid, tested, and recent driver possible See How To Find and Download Drivers From Manufacturer Websites if you need help.

As you can see in the screenshot above, I've visited Intel's site to download the driver for my Intel-based network card.

In Windows 7, hardware management, including updating drivers, is accomplished from within Device Manager. This option will allow you to manually select the driver you want installed - the one you downloaded in the first step.

By manually selecting the driver to install, you can be sure that the best driver, the one directly from the manufacturer that you just downloaded, is the driver that will be installed.

Updating drivers in Windows 7 isn't something you do on a regular basis but you might find yourself needing to do so for any of several different reasons.

For example, you might need to update drivers in Windows 7 for a piece of hardware if you're troubleshooting a problem with the device, if a driver isn't automatically installed during a Windows 7 installation, or if a driver update enables new features you'd like to utilize.

The zero, one, or more entries in that box don't directly represent the actual device(s) you have installed but instead represent the available drivers that Windows 7 has for this particular piece of hardware.