Whenever you install windows 8 or 8.1 preview, you require to run update device driver to your PC or laptop. Actually device driver is essential when you work with several attached devices or peripherals like printers, scanners, keyboards, USB modem or for motherboard components (video graphics, chip-sets, network cards, and hard drives). The device driver is a little computer program in order to communicate and be capable to understand instruction between your system and its hardware device.
Currently similar to all windows based software, the device drivers are also being updated regularly by their manufacturers. It means, running a bad or outdated device driver version may create multiple problems and break down your system performances. For example, it can stop a running internet browser, MS word or hanging the system OS suddenly. So you should work with up-to-date device drivers as possible when you are running latest windows 8.1 on your system.
Tips to find and download update device driver for windows 8
Direct From the System Manufacturer websites
If you purchase windows 8 pre-installed PC or laptop then the entire internal hardware device drivers (video, network adapter, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sound card and etc) are installed already. Besides your windows 8 also recognizes automatically drivers of every small hardware device like Keyboard, Mouse, USB Pen drive, Camera, printer and etc when you plug it into your computer. If not, the device driver probably comes with either a CD/ DVD along with instructions about the installation method.
There are many methods for you when you want to ensure that your system is running the most up-to-date device driver.
- Go to the official website for your PC or laptop manufacturer (Lenovo, HP, Compaq, Acer, Toshiba, and Samsung).
- Look for the correct model number for your laptop or desktop PC and you will normally get a support page with a download link. Screenshot at the bottom is explaining about the Asus site page and search for Asus VivoBook S400CA model.
But keep in mind that some laptop or desktop manufacturer companies don’t always update their sites to download update device drivers for recently launched windows OS.
A second good option is to run manual windows update on a single week or month. It is found in the control panel of Windows 7 and 8.
Make a routine of visiting the manufacturers’ web page regularly for getting latest drives for printers, scanners, USB modems or drives, monitors, and digital cameras on every 3-6 months.
Sites to download latest system drivers on Windows 8
There are a lot of websites available on the web where you can download every type of update driver with the selection of correct device manufacturers. Here, you will need to find the correct model detail of your hardware device.
This site offers a Google-like search bar on its home page and provides the capability to find above 1.5 million drivers. It also lets you scan your PC or laptop using third-party software called Driver Detective.
This site gives direct download links from the manufacturer and has forums to talk about issues with other users.
This site designs several hardware categories well. It has arranged separate sections to find and download the correct drivers for Mac OS, Windows, and Linux.
Check out the following Driver Scan Software or tool
SlimDrivers (Free version)
DriverMax (Available in both Free and Paid)
Driver Magician ($29.95)
Driver Genius 12 ($29.99)
All of the above mentioned software is compatible to work with Windows 8 and 8.1 preview OS.