How to find the right driver

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Many times you have a system that you just can’t find the driver for.  Especially if it’s an older computer with no tag number to easily find the driver on the manufacturers website.  Even if you found the right website and web page, some drivers say unknown and it’s hard to know what you have in your computer that you could possibly be missing.  Here’s a neat little tool that can help.

HWiNFO32 – It’s a strange name, but does a great job.  You can download the latest copy from here

You can tell in the picture to the left, (Click to see full size) it breaks down all hardware you have installed and you can drill down through the menus to see more and more detail and on the right side fo the screen is great detail about that particular device you have highlighted.

The section that says Hardware ID: you can copy that, paste it into Google, yes Google is your friend, and you may be surprised how fast you’ll find the right driver.  It may not come from the manufacturers website, so be careful what links you click on.  I would never recommend downloading drivers from anywhere other than the official manufacturers website, so please use this tool carefully at your own risk.


About Daniel Gauthier

work as a peace officer in various forms. Daniel wrote a book in 2009 called “Tech-Knowledgy” which got him on television and radio a few times. The concept behind the book was “to level the playing field between computer techs and non-techies so they don’t get take advantage of”. Daniel has a couple certifications including MCP and A+; he is preparing to write the Network+ exam and has studied CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator). Daniel has run his own computer service business “TwinBytes” since 2004. He has done a few talks on cyber security and generally enjoys training, educating and helping others.