Windows 7

1. Microsoft Windows 7 tutorials 2. Module 1- Installation, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7 tutorials 3. Editions of Windows 7 tutorials 4. Hardware Requirements for Installing Windows 7 tutorials 5. You can install Windows 7 in following different ways, including: 6. Consideration for Upgrading v/s Migrating tutorials 7. What is Migration tutorials 8. Migrating User Data and Settings tutorials 9. Performing an Image-Based Installation of Windows 7 tutorials 10.Configuring Disks and Device Drivers tutorials 11. Partitioning Disks in Windows 7 tutorials 12.GUID - GPT Disk tutorials 13.Disk Management tools tutorials 14. Simple Volume tutorials 15. Spanned and Striped Volumes tutorials 16. Maintaining Disks, Partitions, and Volumes tutorials 17. Disk Quota tutorials 18.Working with VHD Virtual Hard Disk tutorials 19. Device Driver in Windows 7 tutorials 20.System Restore tutorials 21.LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIGURATION tutorials 22.Configure and Trouble shoot Network Connections tutorials 23.What is an IPv4 Address tutorials 24. Note - IPV4 25. IPv4 address classes tutorials 26.Default Gateway tutorials 27.Public and Private IPv4 Address tutorials 28.IPv6 Network Connectivity tutorials 29.IPv6 UNICAST ADDRESSES tutorials 30. IPv4 Address can be assigned by following types tutorials 31.Implementing Name Resolution tutorials 32. Trouble Shooting Network Connectivity tutorials 33. Implementing Wireless Security tutorials 34.Wireless network Technologies tutorials 35.What is Wireless Broadband tutorials 36.IEEE 802.11 tutorials 37.Wireless Network Configuration tutorials 38. Security Types tutorials 39. Implementing Network Security tutorials 40.Configuring Windows Firewall tutorials 41.Ports and Application tutorials 42.Important Application, Protocol and Port Number tutorials 43.Configure Inbound and Outbound Rules tutorials 44. Securing Network traffic tutorials

Device Driver in Windows 7 tutorials

  • A device Drive is small Program written by hardware developers that allows hardware to communicate with particular operating system of computer.

  • Device Driver designed for 32 bit do not work with 64 bit Operating System and same way 64 bit drivers do not works for 32 bit.

  • Driver signing - when a device and driver pass Microsoft rigorous test in lab, Drive is digitally signed. Digital signature means that driver has met testing, it is stable, reliable and it is not altered after it is digitally signed. Signature file is stored as a .cat file in same location as the driver file.

  • Driver Store is a driver repository in Windows 7.

  • Windows drivers are stored at « systemroot\System32\DriverStore» folder.

  • During hardware installation if right drive is not found, Windows uses Windows Error Reporting to report an unknown device. You can usually find unknown device at Device Manager. Once you see any such unknown Device, you can then load drivers from different location.

  • Device metadata system provides process for defining and distributing device metadata packages. These packages include XML documents that specify properties of device and its function.

  • You can use Pnputil.exe tool to add driver manually.


Installing Device and Drivers

  • Since Windows 95, windows have supported Plug and Play devices and driver installation.

  • By plug and play means, device must contain driver and information to

  • get uniquely identified,

  • Identify the driver that supports it.

  • Allows software to install it,

  • Specify the services it provides and resources it requires,

  • To install driver successfully device must have drivers software with Windows, or Windows Update or User must have driver available in some media (CD, DVD, Pen Drive, network storage and so on).

  • When a user install a device, Windows detects it, and then ask the Plug and Play service to make that device operational.

  • Plug and Play queries the device and searches the driver store for a driver, if driver package is found, it copies the device driver files from the driver store to %systemroot%\windows32\drivers, and then updates the registry if needed.

  • If matching drivers are not found in the driver store, Windows searches for a matching driver by searching at

  • Folders specified by the Device Path registry entry.

  • The Windows Update website.

  • Manufacturer’s website that is provided after the system prompts the user.

  • Windows also checks that the driver has a valid digital signature. If digital signature certificate not found, Windows prompts the user for confirmation.


Driver Detail, Update Driver, Roll Back Driver, Disable, Uninstall.

  1. Right click on My Computer – Properties – Device Manager – Select device – right click on it and choose Driver

  2. It gives following five options.

  3. Driver Detail - Button will give you names of driver loaded and files location.

  4. Update Driver you can resolve many problems and add new functionality by installing latest updated driver. When you click this button, it gives you choice to select driver automatically, or you can browse computer and install software from media like CD, DVD, Pen drive or network Storage.

  5. Roll Back Driver This button is available only if you update from old to new driver. After installing updated version of driver, if you notice problems, malfunction or any hardware issue, you can roll back it to previously installed driver. By doing roll back, it may cause loss of new functionality.

  6. Disable this option is used to disable a device. Disabling the device will cause it to stop functioning. However drivers are not removed, so in future if you want you can enable the device easily as drivers are available.

  7. Uninstall this option will uninstall the device from system and it removes driver. In future if you need to install device again, you need to install drivers again.