How To Install a USB Driver

Universal Serial Bus popularly known as USB, is an industry standard developed in the mid 1990’s.  It is an external bus standard which supports data transfer rates up to 12 mbps. Using a single USB driver, over 127 peripheral devices like the mouse, modems and keyboards can be connected. USB driver also supports the plug-n-play installation and hot plugging.

The use of USB driver became widespread when iMac introduced their best selling ports in the market. It would be within limits to predict that serial and parallel ports will soon be replaced by more user friendly and possibly faster USB drives. Even users with less technical knowledge would find connecting USB drivers easy as there are no hassles of driver installation involved in it.

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How to Install a USB Driver

New pieces of hardware are installed easily through the USB drivers. Plug in the device through the USB driver and wait for Operating system, say Windows, to detect it. Installing USB drivers are instantaneous and are based on the plug-n-play interface hence restarting the computer is not needed.  By design, the USB drivers are impossible to connect incorrectly.

The first time you connect a device to your USB drive, the windows automatically installs a driver for the device.  Once installed you can disconnect or reconnect it to your computer without performing any further steps. Before you install your device, read the instructions to check if you have the required compatible hardware or specific drivers are needed to be installed before connecting.

Detecting and Installing USB Driver

Once connected, the window detects the device and installs it automatically. Some devices require the driver to be installed before being able to use the device. It is always a better idea to read the instruction which comes with the device before installation, as some devices are externally powered. In some, it would be required to switch on the power button before you connect them or possibly have the power button switched on during the installation process.

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Find out if your USB driver uses power cord to be connected to a seperate power source before turning on the device. Depending on the frequent connecting and disconnecting you can decide if you want to use the USB driver in the front.

After plugging the device into the USB driver, observe if Windows is able to install the device automatically. If it fails then insert the driver disc if available and install the device. The reference section would have a link to the USB Driver web page as well, with download links to the relevant software. Once USB driver installation  is completed, check to find out if any additional hardware included with the device has to be installed.

Run the USB Driver to Install

If drivers are being downloaded, the newly downloaded files icon will appear either on the downloads section or on the desktop. Click on OK and run the program to check the installed USB driver.

Clicking the next button will open the installation wizard and ask you to accept the license agreement. As the program launches, click on ‘start scan’ so that the software will auto detect what drivers are needed.

Once the scanning is completed, click on the option get drivers and then continue. Once the drivers are available, the install option appears and can be used to complete the process. A system restart is usually required after a driver install, so save your work.



Rekha Samavedula