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 The SHA-1 algorithm, however, has become less secure and has been superseded by SHA-2.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.

DriverFinder: Officially Windows 7 Compatible

Windows 7 compatibility iconDid you know that only those who have been officially certified by Microsoft can use the Windows 7 compatible logo you see on the left?

Sadly, a lot of people online misuse this image. They put it on their sites to try and pass off their software as something that has been tested and certified by Microsoft as perfectly usable for their Windows 7 operating system.

We here at DriverFinder do not believe nor support such tactics. We have submitted our software to the Microsoft Compatibility Center months ago and have been officially using the logo you see above since.

Please go ahead and click here to visit Microsoft’s Compatibility Center and see DriverFinder featured there as being 100% Windows 7 compatible for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. This is just one of the ways we ensure that our product works best for you. Please do check our Integrity Statement as well to see the many ways we ensure your safe and secure use of DriverFinder.

Thanks for your time!
DriverFinder Team

How to Control Driver Installation in Windows 7

People who have used Windows a bit longer are familiar with the concept of hardware and device drivers. Device drivers are critical software components that make sure your computer can communicate with all hardware devices.

As an example, without a printer driver,  your printer and computer cannot relate to each other and thus, you cannot print anything.

Now, by default, Windows supports a lot of hardware, but not ALL hardware. A lot of drivers are available for Windows XP, and the same is true for Windows Vista. Windows 7 now claims to support even more hardware by default, but that does not mean things will always work with the default drivers.

Controlling how devices are installed in Windows 7 can help solve driver problems. Instead of using the default drivers, you can instruct Windows 7 to handle device installation in a less automated way, giving you control about the specific driver to install.

Basically, you want to tell Windows 7 which drivers to use specifically and not just any ‘default driver’.

Firstly, open the Control Panel, and then select View devices and printers under the heading Hardware and Sound.

Now right-click your computer icon and in the pop-up menu, select Device installation settings, as shown below.

device driver installation

This will bring up the Device Installations Settings dialog box, which controls how the drivers from Windows Update are used on your Windows 7 computer.

Assuming you want to disable the use of drivers from Windows Update, change the default section from Yes, do this automatically (recommended) to No, let me choose what to do.

Next, select Never install driver software from Windows Update.

install device driver

Click Save Changes to save the new settings.

Do keep in mind that this should only be used if the driver that is installed by Windows Update is giving you problems and you want to manually install a different driver. Good luck!

>>> Download Windows 7 Drivers

DriverFinder Support for Windows 7

In keeping with its goal of always providing the best for its clients, DriverFinder is Windows® 7 compatible.

windows 7San Francisco, CA – December 3, 2009 — DriverFinder, the fastest, safest, and easiest way to update your device drivers, is Windows® 7 compatible.

People who want to upgrade to the latest Windows® 7 operating system, can do so knowing that they can easily find compatible drivers using DriverFinder. Further, the program can be used on both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

The 64-bit architecture allows users to address and use over 4GB of RAM (memory) in Windows®. With memory becoming cheaper and cheaper, more computers come with larger amounts of memory. As a result, 64-bit versions of Windows® 7 come pre-installed.

In the past, 64-bit versions of drivers have always been problematic due to limited use of these architectures in Windows® XP and Vista. Since Windows® 7 seems to be more easily adopted by users, hardware manufacturers are expected to provide more 64-bit driver versions.

And as such, you need a driver update utility such as DriverFinder to detect and find those 64-bit drivers for you.

Here are the other operating systems supported by DriverFinder:
Windows 2000, Windows XP (32- and 64-bit) and Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit).

About is the official website of DriverFinder.
DriverFinder is a product of DeskToolsSoft.

About DeskToolsSoft, Inc.
Although launched officially in 2009, DeskToolsSoft is backed by almost 20 years of experience in the IT industry. The company was established with one aim: to provide desktop utilities that do exactly what ‘it says on the box’; namely, to optimize computers on various, specific levels so that users get the most performance out of their machines. The DeskToolsSoft goal is not only to produce software to help clients with system maintenance but to produce software that UPLIFTS their computing experience.

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Windows 7 Driver Compatibility

When you choose to run the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, you can very well run into some compatibility problems. And this does not only apply to programs or applications installed on your PC, but to incompatible hardware devices as well.

Windows 7 supports more devices by default than Windows Vista, but not all manufacturers have teamed up with Microsoft to include their drivers with Windows 7.

Furthermore, hardware manufacturers often only update their drivers if they have new or recently released hardware. If THEIR hardware is the same, then they may feel no need to update their drivers because you have decided to upgrade your operating system to Windows 7.

As a result, a device installation may fail in Windows 7 as shown below.


In the Windows 7 Device Manager, the devices will be listed under the Other devices category.


So what do you do if you upgraded to Windows 7 and are now encountering driver incompatibility issues?

1) You can contact the hardware manufacturer and find out if they have a Windows 7 driver, or if they even plan to create one for your device! You can check the device properties for the hardware id to contact the manufacturer.


2) You can try a Vista driver for the device. It is said that Vista drivers will work in Windows 7. The technical architecture for both these Windows versions is very similar, so some Vista drivers MAY be used in Windows 7. You simply have to give this solution a try to see if it works I’m afraid.

3) Hell, why not try a Windows XP driver while you’re at it. Even a Windows XP driver can be tried under Windows 7. Especially for ‘simple’ hardware (many USB devices), this can work. If the driver is not accepted, try running the device driver installer in the Windows XP compatibility mode.

Now… if there really are no drivers for Windows 7, nor compatible older drivers and the hardware vendor indicates that they will not be created, I’m afraid it’s the end of the road for alternative solutions. You really need to replace the hardware with a Windows 7 compatible version.

Windows 7: Should you go for 32-bit or 64-bit?

When you upgrade to Windows 7, you have the choice between a 32-bit and 64-bit version. You may be tempted to go for the 64-bit version due to the increased RAM available but note that more drivers may be available or compatible with the 32-bit version!

Even in Vista, the 64-bit version has always struggled with device driver availability for many types of devices. So if you have a choice, consider your computer hardware before deciding. Checking in advance can save you a lot of headaches. Remember, 32-bit drivers CANNOT be used in 64-bit versions.

One of the reasons drivers for 64-bit versions are not always available is that all kernel mode drivers need to be signed. Unsigned drivers are not accepted. For mode details on driver signing, visit the Microsoft website.

Resources for Windows 7 Compatibility

The Microsoft Windows 7 Compatibility Center is the first place to look to check if your device is really compatible with Windows 7, or not.

For specific hardware compatibility questions, you can also try the Microsoft forum.

Many hardware and computer manufacturers have their own information on whether or not their devices are compatible with Windows 7. Check the manufacturer’s websites for details.

>>> Download Windows 7 Drivers