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					?A computer operating system interacts with a wide range of software applications
and hardware devices. In order for the system to understand how the hardware works,
it must have information on each device connected to the computer. This information
is provided by files known as device drivers. Each piece of hardware needs a device
driver to function accordingly on a computer.

Input and Output Devices

Keyboards, mice and touchpads are known as input devices. Hence the name, these
devices are used to input information into a computer. Display devices such as
monitors are known as output devices, which mean they output or display
information.

For the most part, all you have to do is plug in a mouse, keyboard and monitor, as
these devices generally fall into the category of plug-and-play hardware. With these
types of devices, you typically will not have to manually install device drivers
because the operating system recognizes and installs them automatically. In the event
that these devices are not recognized, installing the appropriate drivers to your
computer is no difficult task.

Manually Installing External Devices

If you want to install an external device, such as a USB mouse, simply plug it into a
free USB port on your computer. If it is not a plug-and-play device, it will not be
recognized by the operating system. This calls for you to insert the installation disc
and follow the prompts for the setup process. After installation and setup is complete,
you will be prompted to reboot your computer. Even if no prompt is displayed, it is
always recommended to restart the system so the changes can take effect.

Regularly Updating Your Devices

While installing a mouse or keyword is relatively easy, sometimes their device drivers
need to be updated to enjoy optimal performance. For example, installing a new piece
of hardware could overwrite the device drivers for your mouse. In addition, some
drivers simply become outdated because of upgrades performed by the manufacturer.
Many times, manufacturers update device drivers to give their hardware added
functionality or address known problems. Installing the updated drivers is typically
enough to fix all the issues you are experiencing.

How to Install Device Drivers

Updating the device drivers for your keyboard, mouse or monitor is as simple as
taking a trip to the Device Manager. To access this utility, open the "Control Panel"
and click on "Device Manager." In this window, you will see a list of all the devices
installed on your computer. You can find keyboard devices under "Keyboards," mouse
devices under "Mice and Pointing Devices" and monitors under "Monitors." Other
than the different categories, the steps for installing their device drivers are exactly the
same.

After locating the device you want to update, double-click it and then click the
"Drivers" tab. From here, select "Update Driver" and choose the option that
automatically searches the internet for updated drivers. If drivers are found, they will
be automatically updated. Should the updated versions not work for any reason,
navigate back to the Device Manager, double-click the device in question, click on the
"Driver" tab and choose the "Roll Back" option. This will allow you to return the
updated driver back to the original status.

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