Before you get into the update process, you need to see whether the Windows Update utility has automatically checked for driver updates, which can save you a lot of time. Actually, the problem is that not all Windows 8 drivers are available through Windows Update. However, there are many and it is the easiest way to move on.
For checking the available updates, you need to launch the Charms bar and click on Settings. Then, choose Change PC Settings and go to the Windows Update settings menu. Click on the Check for Updates Now button and see whether it finds any.
Windows 8 OS, by default, will automatically install updates during your next scheduled maintenance. This happens mostly in the night. You can anyway force the updates to be installed post-haste just by clicking on an available link that tells you the updates are ready to install.
If this fails, you can manually update the driver for your hardware. For that, you will need using the Device Manager feature. You can launch it by going to Start screen and typing ‘Device Manager’, then clicking on the Settings tab in the search menu. There you will see the Device Manager, which will launch in Desktop Mode.
Updating Windows 8 drivers in the Desktop Mode is simple. First, find the component you would like to update; then right-click on it, and choose Update Driver Software. You will then have the option for having Windows search for drivers. However, if you have come this far then you can go for the second option, which allows you to manually select a location where you have downloaded drivers for your device.
Not all manufacturers provide drivers that are specifically made for Windows 8, but in case, a given hardware is having issues after upgrading, you can download the required drivers from the manufacturer’s website. Another thing you can do is to install the drivers using the disc provided with the hardware.
Note that some of the hardware components that run perfectly on earlier Windows versions may not be compatible with Windows 8. So checking the hardware specifications by visiting the Windows 8 support site is a good option here. Alternatively, you can contact our technical support team for any assistance with updating your Windows 8 components.