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Windows 10: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Chapter 15. Hardware & Drivers

If your Windows machine is a tablet, good for you. You probably won’t have to spend much time mucking around with peripherals and their drivers. But if you have a regular PC, adding new gear is part of the fun. Hard drives, flash drives, cameras, phones, printers, scanners, network cards, video cards, keyboards, monitors, game controllers, and other accessories all make life worth living. When you introduce a new piece of equipment to the PC, you must hook it up and install its driver, the software that lets a new gadget talk to the rest of the PC.

The driver issue was once a chronic, nagging worry for the average Windows fan. Drivers conflicted; drivers went missing; drivers went bad; drivers went out of date.

Fortunately, Microsoft has made further strides in addressing the driver problem. Windows 10 comes with thousands upon thousands of drivers for common products already built in, and Microsoft deposits dozens more on your hard drive, behind the scenes, with every Windows update. Chances are good that you’ll live a long and happy life without ever having to lose a Saturday manually configuring new gizmos, as your forefathers did.

Most of the time, you plug in some new USB gadget, and bam—it’s ready to use. You don’t have to install anything, walk through any wizards, or sacrifice any small animals.

This chapter counsels you on what to do when the built-in, autorecognized drivers don’t do the trick.

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Chapter 14 contains additional hardware-installation ...

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