First we learned where the driver came from in this

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First we learned where the driver came from; in this case, we're using a driver from Intel. We see the date that the driver was last updated. This is a little bit older driver; it's from 2012. Here's the version number of the driver. And then we also see whether or not the driver is digitally signed, and if it is digitally signed, who signed it. We can see here that this driver is digitally signed by Microsoft.Therefore we know that this driver came from a Microsoft driver store. In fact, when I loaded this driver, I had to get it from Microsoft's online driver store via Windows Update. So I know that's where it came from. We have the Driver Details button right here we can click and when we do, we can see all the different driver files that are actually used for the driver to support this hardware. Another very useful feature on the Driver tab is the Update Driver button. If you need to update the driver for this piece of hardware, this is where you go to do it. I click on Update Driver and then I have to decidehow I'm going to update the driver. One option is to let Windows go ahead and try to find the appropriate device driver. If I click this option, then Windows is going to try to find the right device driver for me. Essentially it will probe the device, try to find out what kind of device it is, and then locate the appropriate device driver. Now understand that when it does this, it's going to look for device drivers that are provided by Microsoft itself, not from the actual hardware vendor. Now Microsoft stores device drivers in two different locations. We call these driver stores. The first driver store is the local one that's stored on this computer itself. And they are installed by default when Windows is initially installed on the system. Now the number of drivers stored locally is fairly minimal. Obviously you don't want to havedevice drivers stored locally on your system for stuff that you're never going to use because you don't have that hardware in your system. So the bulk of Microsoft's drivers are stored online in the online driver store and you access them via Windows Update. So if I click this button, the first thing Windows is going to do is look for an appropriate driver in the local driver store, If it can't find one there, then it's going to go out and query the online driver store via Windows Update. And if it can find a driver there, it will download it and install it. Beware that that last process can take a little while to complete. Now be aware that Microsoft does not provide device drivers for every single piece of hardware. Basically Microsoft relies on each individual hardware vendor to supply them with the necessary drivers for that vendor's hardware, and some vendors do it and some don't.
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