Windows 7 Drivers

Windows 7 drivers are needed for the hardware in a computer to function. Drivers, or device drivers, enable the operating system to communicate with all devices.

Although many users have upgraded to Windows 10, there are also still a lot of computers that are running Windows 7. Reasons might be personal preference, software compatibility, or hardware restrictions.

Windows 7 included drivers

With the evolution of Windows versions, Microsoft has added support for more hardware with each version of Windows. As a result, Windows 7 supports a lot of hardware directly.

Even if devices are not immediately recognized in Windows 7, it is often possible to get Windows 7 drivers by running Windows Update.

But even after running Windows Update, there still may be unsupported devices in Windows 7. Some devices do not have Microsoft-certified drivers and as a result, are not included in the Microsoft update catalog. Microsoft refers to tested and signed drivers as WHQL drivers. This means Windows Hardware Quality Labs, a set of tests and certification for hardware drivers.

Important to keep in mind with Windows 7 drivers is that Microsoft has stopped adding Windows 7 drivers. So support for newer hardware might be limited if available.

Where to find Windows 7 Drivers

So what if you are left with devices that are not recognized or not working in Windows 7? Where do you find the required drivers?

The first place to look is the support site for the computer brand. Check PC your brand and model at the back or bottom of your PC. In general, there is a label with detailed information.

You can also type “msinfo32” at the Run option in the Start menu to get the system details.

Windows 7 System Information

The System Information tool will show the system manufacturer, system model, and architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).

Using this information it is possible to check for Windows 7 drivers on the manufacturer’s website.

If Windows 7 drivers are not available, you can also try Windows Vista drivers, as they are often compatible.

The benefit of this method is that manufacturers offer full installers for the Windows 7 drivers, including any required, or recommended extra software. Although the extra software is not always required, it can offer options to tweak, or enable, device features.

If the PC manufacturer does not offer Windows 7 drivers for your computer, the next step is to check the device manufacturer’s website (e.g. Intel, Realtek, Nvidia). If you know the details for the hardware component, you can check for Windows 7 drivers there.

Cannot find the Windows 7 driver

Still cannot find a driver for Windows 7 for your device? As mentioned before, check if Vista (or even Windows 8) drivers are available. It is possible these work on Windows 7 as well.

If no drivers are available, the next step is to search for Windows 7 drivers based on the hardware ID (or compatible hardware ID) of the devices. These are unique identifiers for each device.

Use the Device Manager to check the Properties of a device using the Details tab.

Windows 7 Drivers - hardware ID

With this information, you can try and find a driver online. In this case, you are looking for a Windows 7 driver that is not necessarily from the same computer manufacturer. For example, Dell might offer Windows 7 support for a device that is not supported by Lenovo.

Always be careful to only download drivers from reputable sources. There are many sites that include extra software or links in driver downloads.

Use DriverFinder to find Windows 7 drivers

If manual searching for a Windows 7 driver is not giving any results, you can try DriverFinder. DriverFinder is a program that does the searching for you. Using the computer, device, and Windows version information, the program locates drivers for your devices.

The benefit of using DriverFinder is that it uses a proprietary repository of drivers. Driver and device information from Microsoft and most PC and hardware manufacturers is included to find the right driver for your Windows 7 PC.

And unlike many other solutions, DriverFinder provides full installers when available (not stripped down driver with essential files only – INF, SYS, and CAT files).

To try it, download DriverFinder and install the program.

Lenovo Webcam Driver for Windows

Most Lenovo notebooks and laptops come with integrated webcams. As such, it’s important to install the correct Lenovo webcam driver for Windows.

Different Lenovo devices use different webcams. This means they require require different drivers too. Depending on the Windows version installed on your device, drivers may be included with Windows itself – or require a separate download and install.

Lenovo uses multiple hardware vendors for integrated webcams. So depending on your device model, you might need a Realtek, SunPlus, LiteOn, Chicony, Vimicro, or Ricoh camera driver. Lenovo itself will refer to the camera as an Integrated Camera driver, Easy Camera driver, or even just USB Camera driver.

Manual: Download Lenovo Webcam Drivers from Lenovo PC Support

To download drivers for your Lenovo ThinkPad, IdeaPad, Yoga, or other portable device from the Lenovo Support site, follow these steps.

  1. Open a web browser.
  2. In the URL, type “pcsupport.lenovo.com” and press Enter.
  3. Wait for the support site to load. The URL should redirect to your localized version of the Lenovo support website. If not, you can change the country and language in the top-right corner of the website.
    Lenovo PC Support site
  4. Next, enter the device model in the search box, or click the Detect Product or Browse Product to locate the support page for your Lenovo device model.
  5. On the device support page, select the Windows version.
    Lenovo Select Windows Version
  6. On the updated page, click the Drivers and Software link (1) on the left-hand side, then select Manual Update (2) and pick the driver category.
  7. Click the symbol (3) to show the files, and then click the download button (4).
    Download Lenovo Webcam Driver
  8. Once the download is complete, execute the downloaded file to install the Lenovo webcam driver.

Automated: Find and Download Lenovo Webcam Drivers Using DriverFinder

If you cannot find the webcam driver for your Lenovo device, you can use DriverFinder to find the driver for you. DriverFinder automatically scans your computer devices (working or not working) and finds the right driver for your device and Windows version.

Using a third-party application can be very useful, especially when Lenovo doesn’t support your device anymore nor the Windows version you have installed your device.

Simply download the DriverFinder program installer and execute the downloaded file to install the program. Activate the program after installation, and then run a scan (click the Start Scan button).

DriverFinder Start Scan

DriverFinder will show a list of devices found in (or connected to) your computer and a list of suitable drivers for download.

Click the Download button for the Lenovo Webcam and install the driver.

Troubleshooting: Lenovo Webcam Problems

If your webcam still not working after you’ve downloaded and installed the appropriate driver?

Here are some quick troubleshooting tips to get your Lenovo webcam to work.

  • Make sure nothing is blocking the device. Some devices have a protection/privacy slider. (It’s also possible that someone put a protection sticker on it for privacy reasons.) Remove it.
  • Use the Fn key on your keyboard to turn on the webcam device. This is not applicable to all devices. Just check your keyboard for a camera symbol (in most cases it is F8).
  • Both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have Privacy Settings that can prevent access to the webcam. Settings -> Privacy -> Camera: Let Apps use my camera should be On.
  • After installing the driver, the device should automatically start using the driver. If not, it can help to run a Scan for hardware changes in the Device Manager (in the Action menu). This option is not available in all Windows versions.
  • In Device Manager, right-click the camera device and in the popup menu, select Uninstall. Reboot the device and the camera should get reinstalled. This resets the driver configuration, and can help fix the issue.

 

News: Microsoft Restricts Windows 7 Driver Updates

Last week, on June 17, 2021, Microsoft has stopped accepting driver submissions for Windows Update for Windows 7 SP1 (and Windows Server 2008). As a result, there will be no more new Windows 7 drivers released through Microsoft Windows Update for your Windows 7 laptop or PC.

Of course, Microsoft already discontinued support for Windows 7 last year, in January 2020. So now the driver updates have also stopped.

The main reason for this step is security. Microsoft was using a Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-1 ) trusted root certificate to allow signed drivers to be submitted for Windows Update. The SHA-1 algorithm, however, has become less secure and has been superseded by SHA-2. Microsoft has expired the SHA-1 trusted root certificate authority and will only allow SHA-2 signed drivers into Windows Update.

The switch from SHA-1 to SHA-2 was effective from May 9, 2021. All SHA-1 signed content is removed from the Microsoft Download Center.

Windows 7 Driver Updates

What is the Impact on You?

If you have a Windows 7 PC, you will no longer receive driver updates via Windows Update.

It also means that if you reinstall a fresh copy of Windows 7, you might not be able to get all the necessary drivers you need automatically.

Manufacturers can still submit drivers for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 through the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program for now, but these will only be available to customers that use Volume Licensing and participate in the Extended Security Program.

Manually locating and manually installing drivers in Windows 7 remains possible though.

[More details on this Microsoft change can be found here.]

Windows 7 Driver Update Alternative

If manually searching, downloading, and installing drivers is not your thing… you can always use DriverFinder to help you.

The DriverFinder database contains ‘legacy drivers’.

Legacy drivers are drivers that are ‘older’ than the latest Windows OS version. Since we’re now on Windows 10, Windows 7 drivers can be considered legacy drivers.

By the way, drivers in the DriverFinder database are sourced DIRECTLY from hardware manufactures so rest assured that the right Windows 7 driver update is recommended.

Here’s how you can still have Windows 7 driver updates via DriverFinder (no manual searching!).

  1. Download the DriverFinder program.
  2. Get a license and Activate the program.
  3. Run a Driver Scan.
  4. Download the Windows 7 driver recommendations from the scan results.
    Download Synaptics Touchpad driver using DriverFinder
  5. Run the driver installer(s) provided to install the driver.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Drivers for Windows

Install the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 drivers in Windows to enable your audio interface to connect with your PC through a USB port. This makes recording from an instrument or from a microphone to your Windows computer possible.

The Focusrite scarlett 2i2 is a popular and long term favorite with musicians. Now in its 3rd generation, the audio interface features high quality microphone and instrument inputs and a USB 2.0 port for PC connections.

The Focusrite Control software allows you to record and play back your music on a computer.

Install the Focusrite Control Software

Installing the control software will install all the necessary requirements in your Windows computer. This includes the USB drivers (PCIe drivers for other Focusrite controllers are also included).

Here are the steps to install the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 drivers by installing the control software.

  1. Open the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 webpage in a browser.
  2. On the website, click SUPPORT in the top menu, and then select DOWNLOADS.
    Focusrite Support
  3. In the DOWNLOADS page, click the Pick your product by rage drop-down list, and then select the Scarlett 2i2 edition you have.
  4. Under the SOFTWARE section, click the DOWNLOAD button (for the Windows option) to get the Focusrite Control software installer.
    Download Focusrite Control Software
  5. After downloading and saving the file on your computer, execute the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
    Install Focusrite scarlett 2i2 drivers

Automatically Find and Install Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Drivers using DriverFinder

When you only need the USB drivers to be installed, either because they are missing, or you want the latest version of the USB drivers, you can use DriverFinder.

  1. Download and install the DriverFinder software.
  2. Acquire a license for the application and activate the software.
  3. Run a Scan to check for updated drivers.
  4. Download and install the recommended Foscusrite Scarlett 212 driver updates.

The benefit of this approach is that ALL your device drivers can get updated! The USB controller drivers and other audio drivers are also checked and updated when required.

Error Message: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 No Hardware Connected

When you start the Focusrite Control software, you might see a black screen with the message “No Hardware Connected”.

Focusrite No Hardware Connected

Firstly, ensure the drivers are correctly installed. If necessary, open the Device Manager, uninstall the device and then reinstall the drivers. You can find the Focusrite USB Audio device under Sound, video and game controllers.

Secondly, check all connections. All physical connections need to be properly attached. Try a different port if you can.

For the USB audio interface, it is important to connect the USB cable from the Scarlett 2i2 directly to the computer. The USB port needs to be USB 2.0 or higher. It is also important to be aware that the device is powered through the USB port. So connect the USB cable to a USB port directly on the PC motherboard (back of the computer for most desktops). For laptops, it is recommended to plug the laptop to its power cord.

Do not use a USB hub unless it is really required. And if you do, make sure it has a separate power supply, to ensure it can feed the Scarlett 2i2 USB interface sufficient power.

Lastly, make sure you selected the right version of the Focusrite software. The latest Control software will not detect older versions of the Scarlett audio interface.

 

Install an AOC Monitor Driver in Windows

Is your AOC monitor not recognized by your PC? Then you need an AOC monitor driver for Windows.

Monitor drivers in general are the same across Windows versions. Drivers for Windows 7 will work in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 as well. In many cases even older drivers will work fine. The reason for this is that monitor drivers only contain information about the monitor’s characteristics, like supported screen resolutions and color profiles. So a change in Windows versions does not mean  your monitor is no longer usable.

In this article we’ll explain where you can find drivers for your AOC monitor and how to install it.

Manually Install a Monitor Driver for Your AOC Monitor Model

  1. The first step is to identify your AOC monitor model. Simply look at the back of your monitor for the type indication.
  2. The next step is to find and download the appropriate AOC monitor driver. Go to the AOC driver download site. Enter your AOC monitor model number in the search field and click the search icon (1).
    AOC monitor driver
    If you are not able to find the AOC monitor model using the search bar, you can locate it by browsing the size options below the search option (2).
  3. Next, click on the monitor icon on the webpage to download the driver file. Depending on the browser you use, you might need to choose a download location and confirm the file save operation.
    Download AOC monitor driver file
  4. The downloaded file is a ZIP file. Extract the contents to a folder and then manually install the  AOC monitor driver in Windows.
Instructions: Don't know how to install monitor drivers? Click here to manually install a monitor driver in Windows 10. The instructions apply to most Windows versions, due to the nature of this type of driver.

Automatically Install a Monitor Driver for Your AOC Monitor Model

If you are finding it difficult to find the right driver for your AOC monitor, you can try our DriverFinder program. The program automatically identifies all hardware on your computer, including your monitor, and finds the right driver for it.

The licensed version of DriverFinder includes free technical support to help you install the drivers if you face any problems.

A side-benefit of this approach is that DriverFinder will enable you to update all your device drivers. So not only will your AOC monitor be properly supported by Windows, you will also have up-to-date graphics card drivers!

After installing the AOC monitor driver, Windows should now properly recognize your monitor. You can set the optimal resolution for your screen and rely on colors being correctly displayed.


I hope you enjoyed reading this article.
If you’re still having monitor issues, feel free to get in touch and I’ll do what I can to help you!