The instructions given on the manufacturer's website should tell you if the drivers you're downloading are configured this way.If so, there's no reason to continue with these steps - just run the program and follow any instructions.This tutorial will also serve perfectly well as a walkthrough for installing any kind of driver like a video card, sound card, etc.

Long story short: If nicely named folders exist, get your way to the one that makes the most sense based on your computer.

If you're not that lucky, don't worry about it, just navigate to the folder with the extracted driver files.

Try looking in another folder within the extracted drivers. Couldn't find an INF file in any folder from the extracted driver files? Important: Only one compatible driver is listed in my example above.

The driver download may have been damaged or you may not have extracted them properly. However, you may have multiple drivers listed that Windows 7 sees as compatible with the hardware you're updating the drivers for.

It's important to download a driver directly from its source so you're sure you're getting the most valid, tested, and recent driver possible See How To Find and Download Drivers From Manufacturer Websites if you need help.

As you can see in the screenshot above, I've visited Intel's site to download the driver for my Intel-based network card.[1] The name of this screen will be different depending on the kind of hardware you're updating the drivers for.A more generic drop-down box and/or the shortcuts on the left to navigate to the folder with the extracted driver files that you created in Step 2.So before you can update the drivers for a specific piece of hardware, you have to extract the files from the download you completed in the previous step.Windows 7 has built-in compression/decompression software but I prefer a dedicated program like the free 7-Zip, mainly because it supports so many more formats than Windows 7 does natively.Updating drivers in Windows 7 should take less than 15 minutes for most kinds of hardware.