Installing Audio Drivers In Windows XP

Windows XP is still used by a vast majority of people in the world even after Microsoft ended the extended support provided to the operating system. It is necessary to update the drivers once in a while so that the devices function perfectly. Here we list simple instructions for updating the audio device installed with your system.


  • Move the mouse pointer to the left bottom corner of the desktop and then click on the Start menu button found there. When the Start menu button appears on the screen, click on the Control Panel tab found in it for launching the Control Panel window on the screen.
  • When the Control Panel window appears on the screen, look for the option labeled as Hardware and Sound and click on it when found. Select the option labeled as Device Manager found under the tab labeled as Devices and Printers.
  • According to Windows help forums, you will be now able to see the Device Manager window on the screen, look for the option labeled as Sound, video and game controllers in the window and then click on the delta symbol found beside it for expanding the list.
  • Now you will be able to find all the devices that are related to sound, video and game controllers installed with the computer on the screen. In the list, you will be able to see your sound card if you scroll down through the populated list.
  • Select the audio drive when found and right click on it. From the context menu that appears on the screen, click on the option labeled as Update Driver Software to update the driver software of the audio device.
  • If Windows asks you for confirmation, Windows help centre advises you to grant permission to search and install the latest drivers for the audio device installed with your computer.
  • Alternately, you may also choose to install the audio driver manually by visiting website of the manufacturer of the audio device and downloading the latest driver from the website.

Make sure that you have installed the correct driver for the device or the system may crash when you try to use the audio device. If you have installed a wrong driver for your audio device, remove the driver update from the system and install the correct version of the driver update on your system to get the maximum out of the audio device.

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