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groovyTip: Quickly Find Windows 10 Drivers Using the Hardware ID

Here’s a quick and easy way to find the exact driver you need on the web.

When upgrading or reinstalling your operating system, it always seems like there’s that one pesky piece of hardware that Windows can’t find the driver for. You’ll know if you have an outdated or missing driver when your peripheral—e.g., a mouse, webcam, gamepad, card reader, wireless adpater—doesn’t work properly or you get Windows notifications or exclamation marks in Device Manager. In a perfect world, you’d have the disc that came with the hardware. But in reality, that disc may be long gone or obsolete.

If you want a quick and easy way to find a driver for your obscure device, try this.

Find Missing Hardware Drivers Easily in Windows 10

If you are seeing exclamation signs in the Device Manager, it likely means, you need to update the driver software. An easy way to find a particular driver is by searching the web using the hardware ID.

In Device Manager, right-click the hardware device, then click Properties.

Select the Details tab, click in the Property list box then choose Hardware Ids.

In the Value box, choose the short value, right click it then click Copy.

Open your web browser then enter the paste the value into your search engine then perform a search.

Usually, the first results will give you the name of the driver. As you can see, the first results identified the driver as belonging to the Microsoft LifeCam Rear driver. Some sites will host the driver itself, but I wouldn’t recommend downloading the driver from a site you don’t trust. Instead, once you find the name and version of the driver you are looking for, try downloading directly from the manufacturer’s website.

That’s basically it.

To save yourself the hassle of doing this again next time you upgrade, you can back up your Driver Store by copying the contents of C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository to a USB drive or CD. This is one of the tips that we give in our guide on How to Safely Sell or Donate Your Old Windows 10 PC.

Anyway, let us know if you found this helpful and tell us how you deal with driver issues in Windows 10.


1 Comment

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  1. Michel Laurin  

    Wow didn’t knew that one.

    Many thanks

    Michel

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