DEVICE MANAGER UPDATES: In device manager, right click the device and select update, try the internet and then try choosing from installed drivers.

Also, use the Unknown Devices app from Halfdone Development to identify any hardware (usually) that has a question mark.

Performance is also usually improved, so it is absolutely vital to keep all your drivers updated. GUIDELINES: FINDING & UPDATING DRIVERS: Finding drivers is usually easy. Download the drivers and then reboot after each one.

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Reboot once more into safe mode and install the newest drivers. Use driver sweeper if it can clean up any of your drivers.

This will most likely be sound and display, but the app is updated and some more support will come for other bits of hardware.

For anything else uninstall anything other related like control panels.

Reboot at the end: Reboot into safe mode and then run driver sweeper.

INTRO: Drivers instruct Windows exactly what hardware you have and what it does, along with any specific features. Note the chipset and BIOS type/date then close the summary window.

Manufacturers usually release new drivers frequently to keep their products updated and add new features. Then open up the tabs: The drivers you want to update: Once you know the drivers, google any with the manufacturer such as nvidia driver and then bookmark the link in a folder.

v2.0 Nice tutorial, thanks Frostmourne It's maybe worth mentioning that instead of using HWinfo32, using Device manager can yield very similar results without using a 3rd party app??? 1 rep System Manufacturer/Model Number HP Touchsmart IQ771OS Windows 7 Ultimate x64 CPU AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56 Motherboard ASUS Pheonix Memory 3GB Nanya PC2-6400 DDR2-SDRAM SO-DIM (400MHz) Graphics Card NVIDIA Ge Force Go 7600 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM Sound Card High Definition Intergrated NVIDIA MCP51 Monitor(s) Displays 46" Sony Bravia HDTV Screen Resolution 1600x1200 Hard Drives 1.5TB Samsug 320GB Seagate ST3320820AS - SATA 3Gb/s 8MB 500GB Maxtor Basics STM305003EHD301-RK Internet Speed ↓6.32 Mb/s ↑0.35 Mb/s ↔26ms Other Info BIOS - American Megatrends Inc.

5.07 Ethernet Port - NVIDIA n Force 10/100/1000 Mbps DVD Drive - TSSTcorp DVDR/RW TS-T632L Nice tutorial, thanks Frostmourne It's maybe worth mentioning that instead of using HWinfo32, using Device manager can yield very similar results without using a 3rd party app??? 1 rep System Manufacturer/Model Number Sony Vaio Z46GDU OS Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64 CPU [email protected] 1066MHz FSB Motherboard Sony branded Memory 6GB DDR3 1066MHz Graphics Card 9300M GS 256MB Dedicated (Speed) Intel4500MHD (Stamina) Sound Card Realtek HD Audio Monitor(s) Displays 13.1' WXGA Screen Resolution 1600x900 System Manufacturer/Model Number Hewlett Packard Compaq Presario CQ60-305au OS Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon QI46 2.1Ghz Motherboard Wistron 303c Memory 2048 Mb DDR2 SD RAM Graphics Card NVidea GE Go Force 8200M G/256mb dedicated graphics memory Sound Card MCP78S NVidea high definition Monitor(s) Displays 15.6" High definition Brightview Widescreen Screen Resolution 1336x768 Why would we need to update our Chipset drivers, when MS has all of the latest drivers in installer and via WIndows Updates? They spent a fortune sponsoring WHQL partnership with all manufacturers to build Win7 drivers, leveraging their support to get manufacturers not to hold out as they did in Vista and to get them done on deadline.

Also, if you have 2 graphics cards - I have Intel and Nvidia in my ultraportable - don't do this.

The manufacturer will most likely have different instructions.

Why would we need to update our Chipset drivers, when MS has all of the latest drivers in installer and via WIndows Updates? They spent a fortune sponsoring WHQL partnership with all manufacturers to build Win7 drivers, leveraging their support to get manufacturers not to hold out as they did in Vista and to get them done on deadline.