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8. Network Maintenance Annoyances > UPGRADING THE NETWORK

UPGRADING THE NETWORK

INSTALL NEW HARDWARE DRIVERS

The Annoyance:

Sometimes I read about updated drivers for network devices that will add features to the hardware, or fix a problem. To install a driver, do I have to uninstall the hardware and then reinstall it with the new driver I downloaded?

The Fix:

No, you don’t have to uninstall the hardware. All driver updates can be installed to existing installed hardware. The method differs by manufacturer. When you download new drivers, the web site should have instructions you can print, or the downloaded files will include a file named readme.txt. Most downloaded files are compressed into one file, which is usually a self-extracting file that has the extension .exe, or a zipped file with the extension .zip. (The latter requires WinZip software to extract—Windows XP has a zip file extractor built into the operating system.)


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