After manually reinstalling Microsoft Windows operating system on your Dell laptop or desktop PC, you must also reinstall the Dell device drivers and applications in the correct order for your computer to work properly. Device drivers should be updated when you have reinstalled the operating system using either CD, DVD or a USB key or when you are facing any issues like Wi-Fi or other network issues, video/graphics issues or audio/sound issues etc,.
We also recommended that you install or update the device drivers if you have performed a factory reset of your Dell PC using Dell Backup and Recovery or other factory reset methods. This will ensure that you have the latest device drivers installed on your PC and ensure that the devices function optimally.
For more information, refer to the Dell knowledge-base article Drivers and Downloads FAQ.
|Driver or application name||Category||What it does|
|1. BIOS||BIOS||Update the BIOS firmware.|
|2. Dell System Software||System Utilities||Provides critical updates and patches for the operating system.|
|3. Chipset driver||Chipset||Helps Windows control system board components and controllers, such as USB ports and other internal components.
The chipset software installs the Windows INF files. The INF files provides the operating system with information about the hardware on the PC. This allows the operating system to show the correct name for that hardware in Windows Device Manager.
Note: The chipset software does not install drivers for AGP or USB. Installing the chipset driver will not resolve issues with AGP or USB on the PC.
|4. PCMCIA and/or Smartcard drivers||Security||Enables PCMCIA and Smartcard slot capability.|
|5. Intel Matrix Storage Manager||Serial ATA||The Intel storage driver is only applicable to Intel chipset computers.|
|6. Audio driver||Audio||Enables and enhances the audio controller.|
|7. Video driver||Video||Enhances video performance.|
|8. Network interface card or Ethernet drivers||Network||Enhances the network controller for internet or network access.|
9. ControlPoint System Manager, ControlPoint Security Manager, and ControlPoint Connection Manager
Note: This driver is only needed for some Latitude laptops, and depending on your system configuration, you might not need to install all three parts
|Control Point||The Dell ControlPoint (DCP) controls power management for some Dell Latitude laptops. ControlPoint System Manager controls power management and ambient light sensor settings, ControlPoint Security Manager controls security features, and ControlPoint Connection Manager controls wireless connection profiles.|
|10. Dell Quickset||Application||Controls power management and ambient light sensors.|
|11. Wireless network drivers||Network||Enables and enhances the wireless network controller.|
12. Bluetooth drivers
Note: If this driver is not available, then your computer doesn't have Bluetooth capability. Continue to the next driver on the list.
|Network||Enables and controls Bluetooth connectivity.|
|13. Mouse, keyboard, touchpad and input device drivers||Mouse, Keyboard & Input Devices||Enhances pointing device features.|
|14. Intel vPro or AMT (if available)||Chipset||Enhances system manageability.|
|15. Dell wireless mobile broadband card drivers (if available)||Network||Enables wireless broadband connectivity.|
|16. Modem drivers (if available)||Modem/Communications||Allows dial-up capability.|
|17. Dell Digitech touch screen driver (if available)||Mouse, Keyboard & Input Devices||Enables touch screen input on select Dell laptops.|
Article ID: SLN148687
Last Date Modified: 06/27/2017 02:58 PM