Drivers have a somewhat odd place in the history of computing. They’ve always been something of an issue for anyone who wants to use computers. There was a point where people essentially needed to have a deep level of understanding just to add a new piece of hardware. Drivers have existed since the earliest days of true home computers. However, they were more of a barrier of entry than the helping hand they usually are now.
Back in the day driver installation usually started from a floppy disk. One would boot into a command line and modify batch files with mysterious hardware values. And only then, often after hours of tinkering, would their peripheral start to work. These days drivers usually help more than hinder. When someone buys new hardware they seldom brace themselves for the installation process.
In fact, computers are usually able to handle most steps of driver installation. There’s only one real impediment to the situation. The most complex hardware does often require a little extra tinkering to get the drivers working. This is especially worrisome because one can often find himself confused as to what problems are coming from where. What issues might be coming from the operating system, which from drivers and which from the hardware itself. Probably the most complex situation come from motherboards and CPUs.
For example, asus z390 tech support typically involves walking people through driver installation. Asus z390 tech support can come from one’s own understanding of the process as well. In fact, one simply needs to use the device manager. Windows will usually handle everything by itself when dealing with simple drivers. But for examples like the z390 one will want to get the drivers from the manufacturer’s website.
In this case one would want to look for the drivers from Asus. This can come from a provided installation media or their website. It’s usually best to go for the website if possible though. This is because driver updates are fairly common. By going to the website one can be assured that drivers are as recent as possible. Once the drivers are found they need to be downloaded. It’ll usually be in a zip file. Windows now lets people extract or explore zip files. So one doesn’t need anything extra to get the files out of the downloaded zip.
Once the drivers are extracted one will have two options. The drivers might come in an installer. If this is the case than one simply double clicks on it and follows the on-screen instructions. But if it’s single driver files than one will need to start the Device Manager from the start menu. One will then look for devices which have a question mark on them. This is hardware that lacks a driver. One should be able to find the new hardware here. The user needs to right click on that file and pick Update driver.
A new window will come up with an option to “Browse my computer for driver software”. On clicking this option the user is presented with a file browser. One simply navigates to the directory containing those new driver files. From here Windows should be able to handle most aspects of the driver installation. When it’s finished the process a window should come up to notify the user of that fact.
That’s the point when things are almost finished. The only other step remaining is to actually clear any drivers currently running in the computer’s memory. Technically this should happen automatically when new drivers are installed. But it’s usually not worth the risk. The stability of one’s computer shouldn’t rest on words like usually. Instead one can simply reboot the computer. It clears all drivers from memory when shutting down. And when it boots it will automatically choose the new drivers.