7.6. Installing Device Drivers

Hardware devices come in all shapes and sizes, adding a variety of capabilities to your computer system. In this section, you will learn the specifics of installing device drivers for various types of peripherals. You will learn the methods of connecting a peripheral as well as the steps required to install a driver on Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

As a technician, one task you will constantly be asked to perform is to install a device driver. A device driver (or just driver for short) is a small piece of software that allows the OS to communicate directly with a specific piece of hardware. Without the driver, the OS wouldn't know the special commands to send to the device to make it do what you ...

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