If you have damaged or misplaced your Dell driver disk that shipped with your Dell PC, you can still Dell drivers necessary to run the hardware on your computer. Dell makes it easy to obtain this information via their website. You will need to know the model and possibly the serial number of your PC. This information can normally be found on the faceplate of the case, or on a sticker located on the side of the Dell computer.
Finding Dell Drivers for your PC
What are Device Drivers? A driver is a piece of software that controls hardware, such as a printer, sound card, network adapter, etc. When you receive your new Dell, you probably received a couple of disks. One would contain the Operating System and the other would contain the Applications and Drivers. Some newer model Dells may have their recovery software on a hidden partition on the hard drive.
Roll Back a Driver
Occasionally, you may need to roll-back a Dell driver if you install updates to the current driver and you suddenly have problems with your computer.
- Click Start then click Control Panel.
- Next, select Pick a Category, and then click Performance and Maintenance.
- Click System.
- In the System Properties window, select the Hardware tab.
- Click Device Manager.
- Right-click the device you want to fix, then click Properties.
- Click the Drivers tab.
- Click Roll Back Driver.
If you continue to have problems with your drivers, you’ll need to either use your Dell driver disk or go to the dell website and download the drivers for your specific computer.
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Before you reformat your PC, or if you realize you have misplaced the the Dell driver disk that came with your computer, you should visit Dell’s website and download the software driver disk.
Visit The Dell Support Page Here. You will be asked to input your system’s model number or serial number. You will then be taken to a page where you will have access to the device drivers for all of the hardware located on the PC. Download these files and burn them to a disk or flash thumb drive so you can access them easily when you need them.
Installing Dell Drivers
If you have formatted the disk, you may realize that nothing is working the way it should. While Windows will do its best to located and install a suitable driver to match up with the hardware, usually Windows will give up and classify the hardware as an Unknown Device in the Device Manager. The Device Manager is located in the Control Panel under the System icon.
You should install the drivers you have downloaded, then remove those unknown devices from the Device Manager. Once done you can reboot the computer. Upon reboot, Windows will find the new hardware and then immediately load the driver for it.
Remember to keep your drivers and other software from Dell in a safe place. You will eventually need to reinstall these drivers due to a reinstall or spyware or virus infection.
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