Acer® Extensa® Windows Vista®-Specific Drivers
What are drivers and how do they work on Acer® Extensa® laptops loaded with Windows Vista®?
Drivers are software programs that help hardware devices, like printers, mobiles, storage devices, etc., to connect and communicate with your computer system and execute commands. They act as translators for the programs and the connected devices. A hardware device gives out a set of unique commands and instructions which only its driver can understand and decode for a computer system. Without the proper drivers, devices cannot be used.
Two points to keep in mind while installing drivers on Acer® Extensa® laptops loaded with Windows Vista® :
- Drivers should be compatible with Windows Vista®
- Sources for updating Windows Vista®-compatible drivers
Drivers should be compatible with Windows Vista®
Every operating system (OS) needs unique drivers which only work on that platform. Additionally, all the available operating systems come with a few basic drivers, for instance, a keyboard or a mouse driver are already present in the operating system. However, for other hardware devices, like printers, scanners, storage devices, drivers need to be installed. Further, if you want to upgrade from one operating system to another, you also need to upgrade the existing drivers or install new ones that sync with the new operating system.
Sources for updating Windows Vista®-compatible drivers
To get the required drivers, Windows® Update should be set up to the ‘Automatic Install’ mode, which helps in identifying and installing all the latest drivers required for your devices to work. Windows® then suggests the suitable drivers which you can view and install on your system to enable the hardware devices to start operating. If Windows® Update cannot search for the right drivers, Acer® give out specific driver discs for the hardware which can be installed on the system. Sometimes, the discs do not work because the hardware manufacturers have already rolled out new versions of the drivers, in which case the new versions can be downloaded through the hardware manufacturer’s website and then installed.
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