Finding drivers for your Dell system using the hardware ID from Device Manager.
Updating drivers using hardware ID.
The hardware id for a device in Windows can be found in the Windows Device Manager. To check the hardware id for a device, follow these steps:
Open the Device Manager from the Control Panel. You can also type "devmgmt.msc" at the Run option in the Start menu.
- In the Device Manager, right-click the device, and select Properties in the popup menu.
- Select the Details tab.
- Select the Hardware Ids in the dropdown list.
There can be multiple hardware ids for a device. The top one is the most specific identifier, and going down, the identifiers are more generic. The reason this is done is to allow a device driver to be selected based on a match to any of these hardware identifiers.
The hardware manufacturer in this example is Realtek, which is identified by VEN_10EC.
A hardware ID is typically in the form of <BUS>\<VENDOR ID>&<Device ID>&<Additional IDs>.
The Vendor ID is indicated by the four characters after VEN_.
The Device ID is indicated by the four characters after DEV_.
The hardware ID is available for devices in which drivers were already installed, for unknown devices and not recognized devices.
You can also use the hardware ID for a device to find drivers for that device by searching the Microsoft Update Catalog
If you did not find a device driver in Microsoft Update Catalog, you can search for the Device ID to find the drivers through any search engine.
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