Windows Driver Errors

What Are Windows Driver Errors?

Almost all peripheral devices that are attached to your Windows driven PC need software programs called drivers to enable them to communicate with your PC and thereby be able to do the things that you require.

Common examples would be some keyboards, external optical devices, printers and all USB devices need driver software to make sure that they function the way that you want them to.

Many software programs that are downloaded or installed from CD’s or DVD disks will come with their own drivers, but the majority of devices (such as USB drives) will rely on drivers that are part of the Windows operating system in order to function properly.

Basically, most ‘tools’ that you need to use to add to the functionality of your basic PC need drivers in order to function properly themselves.

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What Causes Windows Driver Errors?

The most common cause of Windows Driver Errors is that they can frequently become corrupted or out of date as Windows Updates are downloaded and applied to your machine.

Regularly installing and uninstalling programs can be a big problem to, as this pattern of making changes can often remove small elements of ‘shared’ codes that means that the drivers left behind (that relied on this code) are no longer functional.

With so many different devices and controllers installed on and attached to your system, there are many other reasons why driver errors may be generated as well.

For example, you may encounter what appears to be a driver error if a device is not properly connected to your computer. All you would need to do, at least as a first step, would be to check that the cabling between the device and the computer is undamaged, or whether there are any loose connections.

Alternatively, if this were a card or adaptor, then you could ensure that it is properly seated in its slot.

Problems may occur with a driver when:

  • The driver you have installed is buggy.

  • The driver is poorly designed.

  • The driver is incompatible with your operating system.

  • There are problems with the recent driver update.

  • There is a hardware conflict within your system.

Thus, there are many reasons that the installed drivers on your machine can malfunction or become corrupted from time to time.

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How To Fix Driver Errors

The first thing that you must do if you encounter a driver problem is to download and install the latest version of the driver in question.

It is often surprising how often this simple step of updating the driver for a particular component in this way will resolve issues while providing better performance at the same time!

Whenever there is any kind of driver problem, always seek out the manufacturer’s website and look for the latest driver.

Drivers are often found under the “Support” or “Drivers and Updates” tab or option on a website.

This does not, however, always works so, failing this simple update, you could try using the Driver Verifier to troubleshoot all of the installed Windows drivers to see if that can isolate and highlight the problem.

Next, you can try to fix Windows XP driver errors by using the options available in the installed Device Manager utility.

This is the Windows utility that provides you with information about all of the different devices configured and connected to your PC.  

It also very helpfully provides you with options to fix a few problems as well. You can open the XP device manager from ‘Start’, then ‘ControlPanel’, ‘System, ‘Hardware’ and then finally ‘DeviceManager’.

Using Device Manager, you can, for example rollback recent updates to put your system back before a new driver was installed.

Alternatively, you can do exactly the opposite by installing a new driver update, or uninstall the current driver to perform a new install.

Finally, you want to check that the Windows registry of your PC is in good condition too, as this is often an area of your OPC that will suffer from constant installs and uninstalls.

Run a free scan using a program that you know will do the job correctly, like SpeedyPC.

Then, when the scan highlights registry problems (as it almost inevitably will) you just need to download SpeedyPC itself, install it and then use it to get rid of the problems and errors that it had previously isolated.


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