Installing drivers on Windows XP is very easy and similar to installing drivers on Windows 7.
There are few ways how to install drivers.
1. Original drivers
If you bought brand new computer or laptop you probably got CD with it, in package. Insert CD in computer and wait few seconds. It should auto run. If not then go to My Computer and click twice on CD Drive.
Usually what happens is to show you a small window where you can choose do you want to install drivers or eventually read PDF document.
2. Manually updating drivers using Device Manager
You can manually install drivers using Device manager.
Go right click on My Computer > Properties.
Click under Hardware tab and then click on Device Manager. You should see a small window pop ups like this:
If you see a yellow mark similar to those on image from above, then that means a driver is missing.
Right click on yellow mark > Properties.
In new small poped up window click on Details and in scroll down menu select Hardware Ids
Now you will see something like this:
As you can notice, I marked this line:
VEN stands for Vendor. Vendor code of this device is 14F1
DEV stands for device and code of this device is 2c06
Now to find driver for certain device navigate to this page:
And you will see small box for Device Search. There you should type your Device code. In my case that’s 2c06
After you pressed Search you should see small table like this:
|Device Id||Chip Description||Vendor Id||Vendor Name|
|0x2C06||Conexant HD Audio SoftV92 Data Fax Modem with SmartCP||0x14F1||Conexant|
Now everything you need to do is go to Google and search for your Chip Description. In my case that’s Conexant HD Audio SoftV92 Data Fax Modem with SmartCP.
Now in search results you should get links from where you could download your driver. Most websites that offers drivers are download.cnet.com or drivers vendors websites.
If you are still unable to find a driver you should go back to PCIDatabase.com and now, this time, search for Ven Code.
In my case that would be 14F1.
You should see this time name of Vendor/Manufacturer of this driver.
And now simply search on google for this vendor and they should offer drivers on their support page.
After you downloaded drivers, run them and install. Don’t forget to restart computer
2. Drivers packs
Sometimes happens that some drivers are very hard to find. Usually that happens when is some older device inserted in your computer. You could search on Google for drivers packs. For example if you are missing graphics drivers, search on Google for graphics drivers packs.
On that way you can download a lot of drivers packs. Download as much as you can. Then extract all of them on one folder and burn on CD or DVD Drive.
Then go to Device Manager > Right click on missing driver
Click on Update driver.
Select No and then select 2nd option, once more Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)
Insert your CD or DVD you just burned your files on and make sure that Search removable media (floppy, CD-ROM..) is checked.
Wait a while and installing should begin if device driver is found on CD or DVD Drive.
Backuping drivers and restoring them
Best what you can do to save your drivers and your time is backup drivers before you start with installing Windows XP or Windows 7.
You can backup your drivers by downloading DriverMax software from here.
Download and install that software,run it.
Click Menu > Driver Backup And Restore > Backup Drivers
and now you should see something like this:
Click on Backup and select Backup all drivers (or Backup selected drivers only if you want to save certain driver).
Wait a while.
Now you should have in My Documents > Drivers a small .zip file with your drivers saved.
Save it on CD or DVD.
Next time you reinstall Windows XP or Windows 7 just install DriverMax software and select Restore drivers from backup.
Click Load in right bottom corner and find your .zip file with drivers inside.