Turn on the automatic updates for your Vista computer. Among these important updates, you'll find new drivers for both new and old equipment. You can change the settings for updates by clicking: "Start," "All Programs," "Windows Update" and "Change Settings." Choose your desired option, and place a check in the box next to "Include Recommended Updates When Downloading, Installing or Notifying Me About Updates" in the "Recommended Updates" section. Save your settings by clicking "OK."
Tell Vista to get updated drivers for specific items, since Vista won't automatically download "optional" drivers. Click the "Start" button, "All Programs" and "Windows Update." Find and click "Check for Updates." Next, select "View Available Updates" to see the list of updates Vista thinks are optional. Place a check beside the updates you want to install, and click the "Install" button.
Visit the manufacturer's website to locate drivers for the component you want to use. At the manufacturer's website, run a search for the driver or look through the support pages for your component to find the needed drivers. Download and install the new driver.
Grab the driver from another Vista or XP computer. Run a search for the driver to locate it on the computer, then copy it to a USB drive or have your friend email the driver to you. Save the driver to your computer, then install it. The XP driver may only provide basic functions, but basic functions are better than no functions.
Visit websites like RadarSync, Windrivers or Download Drivers to locate the drivers you need (see Resources below).
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