Driver software programs give Windows instructions on how to use your computer's various components. Installing drivers on computer brands other than HP may require you to sort through dozens of CD-ROMs. Fortunately, all HP computers include a recovery partition from which you can easily extract the necessary drivers.
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Close any open programs on your computer. Click "Start" and select "All Programs." Find the "Recovery Manager" folder in the list of programs and select "HP Recovery Manager" inside the folder (this application installs drivers located on the HP recovery partition and is automatically installed on all HP computers). Depending on which version of Windows you are using, and the computer's settings, a dialogue box may appear asking for administrator permissions. Click "Allow" if this happens.
Select "Advanced Options" once the software loads. Choose "Hardware Driver Re-Installation" and click "Next."
Choose the hardware drivers you want to install. The recovery partition has drivers for all the parts in your computer, including the video card, audio devices and network cards.
Install the drivers by following the on-screen instructions. Click "Finish" to close the program when you are done. Restart the computer if prompted to do so.
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