How do I locate software or drivers for my computer?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

Drivers CDBelow is a listing of different methods of locating and downloading drivers and software off of the Internet.

Determine the hardware

Before searching for the drivers or software of a device, make sure you know the manufacturer and model of the device. If you are looking for software or drivers for an internal hardware device on your an OEM computer, such as those manufactured by Gateway or Dell, there are a few options. You can often find the drivers available for download from the manufacturer's web page or the drivers and utilities CD shipped with your computer. You can find a listing of computer manufacturers here.

Download location

If the manufacturer of your hardware is still in business, often the drivers will be listed on their web page. Computer Hope has taken the time to link to each of the manufacturer's driver pages on our drivers page. Visit this page and locate the manufacturer of your hardware device for drivers.

If your hardware device manufacturer went out of business, or the drivers you need are unavailable, many third-party companies specialize in out-of-date or obsolete drivers. You can find a listing of these sites on our driver links.

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