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Make Windows 7 Automatically Find New Device Drivers [How-To]

Groovy Windows 7 Help, News, Articles, Tutorials, How-to, tips, tricks, special-sauce, and answers! When adding a new device to your computer, it can be a significant pain to browse around the Internet searching for the latest drivers.  Windows 7 can do this automatically for you to a certain extent, and it does a much better job of it than Windows XP, or even Vista has in the past.  Let’s turn this feature on!

Important: For best results make sure you are connected to the Internet whenever adding a new device.

How to Automatically Download The Latest Device Installation Drivers In Windows 7

1. Click the Start Menu Orb and then Click Devices and Printers.

from the windows 7 start menu go to device and printers

2. Right-Click the icon for your computer and then Select Device installation settings.

in the context menu of your windows 7 computer and go down to device installation settings

3. Check the box Yes, do this automatically (recommended.)

Optionally if you’re feeling rebellious, you can instead Check Always install the best driver software from Windows Update and Check the box for Replace generic device icons with enhanced icons. There isn’t a difference between this “No” option and the “Yes” option, they both do the same thing!   Microsoft made a nice duplicate setting here to confuse you, how kind!

choose an option that you like, really its personal choice here since both of them do the exact same thing, silly microsoft windows 7 programmers

4. Make sure Windows Update automatic updates are enabled.  This auto update needs to be on for this to work properly.

Now when you install new devices, Windows Update will automatically search the online Microsoft driver database and install their latest driver.  Sometimes how recent the driver is can be hit and miss.  For example, a driver may be a few months outdated in comparison to the latest driver available on your device manufacturer’s website.  But then other times the manufacturer will release the driver to Windows Update before they even post it on their site, so you’ll get a ultra-recent driver by using Windows automatic update instead.  It just depends.

Either way, the Windows 7 groovy automatic driver installation process is pretty cool, so I hope it works well for you!  If you have any questions or comments, please post them below or join the discussion in the groovyPost community forum.

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10 Responses to Make Windows 7 Automatically Find New Device Drivers [How-To]

  1. Scarlet October 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm #


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      Yes it’s a plugin. I think it’s called Share and Follow. Hope that works!

  2. piet December 7, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    Legend! Helped me a lot thanks 🙂

  3. Saim March 18, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    thanx man…!! it really helps 🙂

  4. Ashley September 17, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    Thank you so much for this 🙂

  5. Garren M. June 6, 2015 at 10:30 pm #

    Thank you very much for the descriptive instruction on how to make sure automatic updates are downloaded. It can be a pain to locate the device driver from the manufacturer’s website or even through the maker of the pc, laptop, etc.

  6. Mubarak Ali December 20, 2015 at 11:52 pm #


  7. kalyan May 15, 2016 at 6:02 am #

    these options are disabled in my pc, what should i do?

  8. Henry December 31, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    Thank You!

  9. Prem May 1, 2017 at 3:53 am #

    Thanks a lot, Austin for helping to get the solution finally after spending nearly 8 hours on web for enabling the bluetooth speakers on my laptop. Even microsoft forum also didn’t provide this simple solution. They have many other complicated technical solutions, but not worthy. Thanks once again for your simple solution.

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