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What are ".rar" and ".zip" files and how do I use them?


Installing drivers

Easy Driver Pro always recommends viewing the ReadMe before installing any driver for specific installation instructions or known issues. Readme can be found in the compressed driver installation file or driver installation directory.

Downloaded drivers will either be self-installing, self-extracting or in a compressed format (.zip, .rar, or another format). For compressed files, Easy Driver Pro will attempt to automatically open the file with your computers default compression utility. If you do not have a compression utility associated with the file, you will be displayed an Open With window, when you see the Open With window you know that you need to download a compression utility to uncompress the file.

NOTE: Some drivers require a machine restart. PC Easy Driver Pro recommends installing one driver at a time and restarting your computer after each driver install.

The following companies have free/trial downloads for uncompression software:

Installing a Driver (New Scan)

  1. Download a driver.
  2. Click Open after the download completes.

Installing a Driver (History)

  1. Open Easy Driver Pro. (Click Start, click Programs, expand Easy Driver Pro and then click Easy Driver Pro.)
  2. Click History.
  3. Click the driver in the grid you want to install.
  4. Click Open.

What are the technical requirements?


Easy Driver Pro System Requirements:

20 MB hard drive space
Operating System: Windows 2000 / NT / XP / 2003 / Vista / Windows 7


What is a driver?


A device driver is a software program that manages communication between your computer and a hardware device. Devices like keyboards, mice, disk drives, and printers all use a software driver to interact with the operating system and other software applications.

When you buy an operating system like Microsoft Windows 7, many device drivers are built into the operating system. However, if you buy a new type of device that the operating system did not anticipate, you'll have to install a new device driver. A device driver essentially converts the more general input/output instructions of the operating system to messages that the device can understand. 


Why do I need to update my drivers?


Your operating system requires drivers to run practically every hardware device associated with your PC. Many device drivers are updated several times a year. Running Easy Driver Pro on a regular bases means that your computer and hardware devices are always running at their best.


Why should I backup my drivers?


Easy Driver Pro gives you the ability to easily create a backup of your device drivers. You can select to backup all drivers, a selection of drivers or just an individual driver.

Having an emergency backup containing all of your device drivers can save you hours if ever have to reinstall your operating system. We recommend creating regular driver backups.

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