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Microsoft launches compatible Windows 7 software

There are different operating systems launched by Microsoft which include Windows 98, Windows XP, Vista and most recently Windows 7. Windows 7 is an extension of XP and Vista and most of the desktop and laptop makers are using this as operating system. To run Windows 7 you will have to install compatible drivers, application and other software. Unlike Windows Vista, Windows 7 is intended to focus on the compatibility of the application which Windows vista was not supporting. Bill Gates told reporters that Windows 7 will be more user-centric and user friendly.

Windows 7 has a number of new features, such as advances in touch and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks, improved performance on multi-core processors. There are lot more new features like improved boot performance, DirectAccess, and kernel improvements. If we talk about graphics card the Windows 7 is perfect and it supports different graphics card from different vendors. You can add so many icons, display, calendars, and a gadget for Windows Media center. It can also support various other new applications and features like RAW image formats. These are not supported by previous windows. If you are a developer then Windows 7 has all new set of features for you like it has SOAP based web services in native code, also has new features to shorten application install times.

Software giant Microsoft recently launched Windows 7 and has put up a website to help users troubleshoot various problems. Microsoft is famous for its operating system and there is no need of introduction about Microsoft and Windows. Windows 7 is getting more popularity these days and there are several compatible software available for Windows 7. On the website, you can see a list of all products scouted by Microsoft employees that run on for Windows 7. They update the list every month with a set of new products.

New products should have earned a “Compatible with Windows 7” logo and they will have to go through the various tests Microsoft has designed for compatibility and reliability with Windows 7. From the window product scout you will get entire information and how to get. You will also get a download link and after one click you will be able to download the trial version of the software.

Initially, you will get 58 products including a range of applications optimized for window touch, touch monitors, cameras, TV’s and many more. There are different partners for Microsoft’ software includes Amazon, D-Link, Wildtangent, Epson, Sony, Seesmic and Toshiba.

It seems strange that only 58 products are available online as Windows 7 is out from ages. It works more as a database to search many programs. Windows 7 compatible programs are large in number and you can search them on internet. It is important to get a compatible with Windows 7 logo, this logo means that the product passed all testing procedure form Microsoft and there will be no problem in compatibility with Windows 7.

How to Install Motherboard Drivers on a Second Hard Drive

The motherboard is the main circuit board of the computer, where the most important internal parts are attached. These include the CPU, BIOS, memory chips, mass storage interfaces, sound card and LAN card, serial and parallel ports, expansion slots, and all the controllers required to control standard peripheral devices, such as the keyboard, display screen, and disk drive . All of these important components have drivers so that they can communicate with the computer. Drivers acts like a translator between the components and programs that use the components. Each component or device has its own set of specialized commands that is known to its driver only. While in contrast, most programs access devices by using generic commands. Thus the programs send generic commands to the drivers which are translated into specialized commands for the device.

As motherboard regulates all activities of your computer by allowing each portion of the machine to communicate through its built-in circuitry that is drivers, you can very well guess how important it is for the functionality of your computer.

If you have an operating system on your second hard drive and it is not automatically detecting the drivers for your motherboard, or if you want to reinstall the drivers on your computer as a troubleshooting method, the best option for you is to download the drivers from the manufacturer’s website and manually install them on your computer. To install drivers to your second hard drive, you should install the drivers with an operating system, and you must be able to boot from the drive.

Now it’s time to see how you can install motherboard drivers on a second hard drive. For this you need to follow the instructions given below.

Step1:

First, you need to download the motherboard drivers. To do this, visit your computer manufacturer’s website. From the home page, you can go to the “Drivers and Download” page. Type your computer’s model number and press search button to see the list of drivers available for your model.

Step2:

From the list of operating systems, select the one installed on your second hard drive and download the listed motherboard drivers to an empty folder on your second hard drive.

Step3:

Restart your computer and before the OS loading screen appears, access your BIOS setup utility by pressing the key displayed on the PC’s start-up screen.

Step4:

Now reconfigure your BIOS settings so that your computer’s boot priority is set to the second hard drive. If you have no idea how to change the BIOS settings, contact your motherboard’s manufacturer, or check your PC’s documentation.

Step5:

Go to the folder where you installed the motherboard’s drivers after your OS loads. Uncompress zip files if there are any by using WinRAR or WinZIP.

Step6:

Install the drivers on your computer by double-clicking each executable file one by one. Not all at once, as this could make your system unstable.

How to Detect Motherboard Drivers

As you know that a motherboard is integral part of peripheral system of your PC. In order to run the hardware you need drivers. As the motherboard is the backbone of the computer, all the hardware like video card or sound card is attached to the motherboard. The best method to detect the motherboard driver is to take the help of device manager in the Windows based computers. A motherboard also communicates with other components of the computer. There are set of drivers that allow a motherboard to function properly. Suppose you want to remove or replace one driver from the system then you should know how to detect all drivers you have.

You just follow the steps given below and you will be able to determine the motherboard drivers in your computer.

Step1:

First step is open the desktop window and right click the” my computer” icon. Now go to properties, in the property window just go to the hardware tab. Under the hardware tab hit the device manager window to open the device manager window. It will show you a list of all the devices on the system.

Step2:

Now in the device manager expands the system devices with a click. Now find out motherboard resources under the system devices. Now you will just have to double click on the motherboard resources button to see the motherboard resources window.

Step3:

In the motherboard resources window locate and click the driver tab. When you click the driver tab it will show the information regarding motherboard driver’s name and version.

Now you know the steps to detect motherboard drivers. Some times you get problems regarding sound and video then you can see the drivers are properly installed or not. And you can troubleshoot these problems regarding hardware. When you install a new window on the system then you will have to install all drivers to run the computer properly. When you successfully installed the driver seven after something wrong with the display or sound or network then you can detect the drivers

How to Download Updates that Include Drivers and Hot fixes from the Windows Update Catalogue

The Windows Update Catalog provides timely updates for all the operating systems available. Following are included in the updates:

  • Device driver updates
  • Hotfixes for various problems
  • Updated Windows system files
  • Service pack

New Windows features and enhancements

It is recommended that only advanced users or the administrators should download updates from the Windows Update Catalog. If you are not an advanced user or an administrator then please visit the following Microsoft Web site to download updates directly on your computer.

(http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com)

Steps to download updates from the Windows Update Catalog

Step 1: Access the Windows Update Catalog

In order to access the Windows Update catalog visit the following link: http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Home.aspx (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=8973)

Step 2: Search for updates from the Windows Update Catalog

After opening the Windows Update Catalog you need to search the items you are looking for. This can be done by typing the search text in the search box there. Let’s assume that we want to download Windows Vista Security so we will type Windows Vista Security and press enter. Once you get the related results select the update you want to download and click on Add, to add it to the download list. For downloading more updates repeat the same steps.

Step 3: Download updates

Once you are finished adding downloads to the basket click on View Basket. Once open verify the list of downloads and then click on download to start the download process. You might get the license agreement which you need to read and accept. Select the folder location where you want to save these updates and if you wish you can click on browse button and select the folder. Once the download ends close the window. When the download is over the next steps is to install these updates. This can be done by browsing to the folder where you have saved the downloads and install them one by one. Just make sure that is you downloaded device drivers then they need to be installed by going to Install Drivers in Control Panel. Execute each downloaded update and just follow the instructions. You might get the license agreements again which you need to accept. Once all the items are installed your task is through and your system is up to date with the updates you selected.

Installing drivers

Driver installation is slightly different than installing any other application. To install a driver you first need to extract the files in a folder. Then go to add new hardware wizard in control panel and select “Install from the list of devices”. In this window you will get a list of devices and there would be a button titled”Have Disk”. Click on Have Disk and browse to the folder where you have kept the extracted driver files. Select the file which has .INI as its extension. On selecting this file the Wizard will read the information from it and will identify the device and will install the driver successfully. INI files are the main files for any driver package and they have all the hardware information for specific device.

How to Install Drivers for Windows 7

Windows 7 is a new operating system and many devices connected on your computer may not respond properly if their latest Windows 7 compatible drivers are not installed. These updated device drivers are not available in the Windows 7 installation disk and needs to be installed from the manufacturer’s webs site. Since Windows 7 is a new version of Windows so not all the hardware manufacturers have developed the updated drivers and most of them are in developing state. Manufacturers release the drivers as and when they develop and test it.

You would mostly require the updated drivers for the following devices:
Bluetooth Devices, Motherboard Chipset Drivers, Disk Drive Drivers, Optical Drives Driver and the Graphic Card drivers.

How to Update the Drivers?
The most easy and convenient method of installing an updated driver is from Windows 7 itself. For updating a driver for any device, open Device Manager and browse to the device for which you want an updated driver. Right click on the device and select “Update Driver”. After clicking on update driver, click on “Search automatically for updated driver software”. This action will make Windows 7 to search for any updated driver over the internet and will install the update if available.

If Windows 7 is unable to update the drivers automatically then you can search for the Windows 7 compatible driver on the manufacturer’s web site. On finding the correct driver download it and save it on your hard drive. Most of the manufacturers bundle their drivers in a software distribution package which when executed installs the drivers itself. If the driver which you have downloaded does not have an installer then follow the steps given below to install it correctly.

1. Open Device Manager and select the device for which you want to install the updated driver
2. Right click the device and go to properties and then click on the “Drivers” tab in the properties window.
3. Click on the “Update Driver” button in the Drivers tab. This action will open a wizard for you and then you have to click on “Browse my computer for driver software”
4. Next please click on “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer” and then click on “Have Disk”
5. Now click on the Browse button and locate to the folder where you have downloaded the driver files. There should be one file with an extension of “.inf”. This is the actual driver information file and this file is used for identifying the device and installing the driver.
6. Select the .inf file and click on OK. Continue with the installation by providing positive responses like ”Yes”, “Next” and “I Agree” which ever comes on to the screen.

Some INF files have capability of installing themselves and this can be checked by right clicking on the INF file and then clicking on “Install” in the context menu. If the file can be installed in this manner then it will install by itself or else it will let you know that this kind of installation is not supported and you have to install it through the Device manager.

Use Windows XP Drivers on Windows Vista

Windows Xp was launched in year 2001 and then next major change came in year 2008 in the shape of Windows Vista. For 6 years Windows XP was used widely and almost all the hardware and Software was made keeping its compatibility with Windows XP in mind. After the launch of Windows Vista people started using Windows Vista but some hardware or software which was compatible with Windows XP would not necessarily work the same way in Windows Vista. This could be because some devices which you were using before might have been discontinued by the manufacturers and so they did not create the new Windows Vista compatible drivers. It doesn’t seem to be realistic and feasible to purchase new devices when you upgrade to Windows Vista and keeping this in mind Window Vista has a feature which allows any application or device to run in compatibility mode. This feature was also present in Windows XP and it helped in running devices and programs which were designed to work on Windows 98 or 95 but not on Windows XP. When we run a program or device in compatibility mode of any other version of Windows the drivers and files which it would need to work gets loaded in the memory and make it workable. Making an application work in compatibility mode is quite simple because applications interact only with the computer but when it comes to the working of any device in compatibility mode it becomes a real tricky. Few more steps need to be taken for making a device run in compatibility mode and use the drivers of Windows XP to operate on Windows Vista.

In order to make a Windows XP driver load in Windows Vista first stop loading of any unwanted application or startup item because this might load the new Vista driver which then will not let the XP driver work. To do this, open the Start Menu and then the Run box. In Run box type MSCONFIG. Once the configuration window appears click on the Startup tab and from here you can uncheck any or all the items which you do not want to load when the system starts. Once you are done click on OK and then restart the computer when prompted. When you are back on the Desktop after restarting your computer open the Computer window and browse to the installation location of the device which you want to run in compatibility mode. These devices are generally located in the Program Files folder. Once you are in the folder highlight the mail file which is used for functioning of the device. This file would be an executable file. Right click on it and select properties. In its property window click on the Compatibility tab. In this tab you will find a drop down which will give you all the compatible options in which that application can be executed. Since we have to run the device in Windows XP compatibility, so we will select Windows XP, and will close the Box after applying the changes and by clicking on OK. That would be all. Now any time your device will invoke the program in concern it will start and will load the Windows XP drivers for that device to make it function.

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