Update or Change a Device Driver
Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
This topic provides a procedure that you can use to update or change the device driver used for a device.
Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.
To update or change the driver used for a device
Double-click the type of device you want to update or change.
Right-click the device you want, and then click Update Driver.
Follow the instructions in the Update Driver Software wizard.
When you are upgrading a driver or installing new hardware, your computer will automatically attempt to check folders specified in the DevicePath registry entry and the Windows Update Web site for an appropriate device driver. For more information, see Configure Windows to Search Windows Update for Device Drivers and Configure Windows to Search Additional Folders for Device Drivers.
By default, Administrators is the minimum group membership required to install a device whose driver package is not already in the driver store. A standard user can successfully install a driver package only if the following conditions are met:
The driver package is signed with a certificate that is present in the Trusted Publishers certificate store on the computer. For more information, see the documentation about signing device drivers found on the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=62923).
The device setup class for the driver is in the policy Allow limited users to install drivers for these device classes. For more information, see Configure Computer Policy to Allow Non-Administrators to Install Specific Devices.