The driver download may have been damaged or you may not have extracted them properly. However, you may have multiple drivers listed that Windows 7 sees as compatible with the hardware you're updating the drivers for.If that's the case for you, try your best to choose the correct driver based on your knowledge of the model of the hardware device. Windows 7 is using the information included in the INF files you provided in Step 12 to copy the proper driver files and make the proper registry entries for your hardware.Some downloads will also include both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of a driver with the 32-bit driver in one folder and the 64-bit version in another, sometimes nested under an operating system labeled folder as well.
By manually selecting the driver to install, you can be sure that the best driver, the one directly from the manufacturer that you just downloaded, is the driver that will be installed.Updating drivers in Windows 7 should take less than 15 minutes for most kinds of hardware.In this tutorial, I'll be updating the driver for the network card on computer running Windows 7 Ultimate.So before you can update the drivers for a specific piece of hardware, you have to extract the files from the download you completed in the previous step.Windows 7 has built-in compression/decompression software but I prefer a dedicated program like the free 7-Zip, mainly because it supports so many more formats than Windows 7 does natively.Note: This walkthrough demonstrates the driver update process in Windows 7 Ultimate but all steps can be followed exactly in any edition of Windows 7, including Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Starter, etc.When you download a driver for a piece of hardware in your computer, you're actually downloading a compressed file that contains the one or more actual driver files, plus various other auxiliary files necessary to get the driver installed in Windows 7.This tutorial will also serve perfectly well as a walkthrough for installing any kind of driver like a video card, sound card, etc.The first thing you need to do is to download the latest driver for the device from the hardware maker's website.Couldn't find an INF file in the folder you selected from your driver download? This time, however, you want to choose the correct driver and then click the Next button.Try looking in another folder within the extracted drivers. Couldn't find an INF file in any folder from the extracted driver files? Important: Only one compatible driver is listed in my example above.