Troubleshoot driver after installation of Windows 8.1

Now your Windows 8.1 is ready to be used. But there is perhaps some final details to be resolved.One of the first is to make sure that all your hardware is fully recognized by the new operating system. To do this, you must make sure to install the correct drivers, those who are fully supported by Windows 8.1 and which will help you get the most out of your hardware.

Why is my old hardware is not recognized?

It's always the same problem that comes with each new version of Windows: Microsoft has asked manufacturers to update the drivers for their hardware, but some feel they are too old to still be supported. Besides the fact that Redmond itself operates a small cleaning base drivers, so as not to overload. To verify that your hardware is properly recognized or not, click the help button on theStart button in Windows 8.1 and select the Device Manager feature.

How can I fix a nuisance pilot?

As shown in the capture below against a driver problem varies. First attach to a conflict due to a SATA 6 Gb / s (Marvel 91xx) controllers. Even the hardware is working properly, it does not work at full capacity and its efficiency is in this case equivalent to the SATA 3 Gb / s. To solve it, it's pretty simple: Windows could not find the drivers in its database, so you have to go to the website of the manufacturer of hardware (Marvel) or that of the motherboard (Asus) . Then simply download the drivers dedicated to Windows 8 (no need to be certified 8.1), and then install them.

Will he has another solution?


But what if the drivers are not available on the manufacturer's website? Consider a second example here it is a printer (in our example, Desktjet F2400). From the Device Manager, double-click the unsupported hardware. Then go to the Driver tab and click Update Driver. Above all, do not select the Recher a driver update automatically option. Instead, choose the Find a driver on my computer.Then click the Select function from a list of device drivers on my computer. Windows will then increase its own database drivers via your internet connection. You should therefore make a list of drivers provided much more than the default. And in our case, printer appears indeed. Note that if the exact model of your printer is not listed, you can use a closer model. There is a strong probability that the drivers in question operate perfectly with your own style.

Upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8

And here is the easiest of all migration: Update Windows 8.0 to Windows 8.1. There is nothing really complicated, but two cases are possible: either operate the DVD supplied by Microsoft, or to apply to Windows Update. This option is not yet activated, see as runs the update using the Windows installation DVD 8.1.

Q: Do I necessarily create a disc or an installation key?

A: This is not mandatory. It is quite possible to unpack the ISO of Windows 8.1 on a system partition or an external drive without using a key to boot. Then just double-click the Setup icon to execute the update. However, a key or a DVD installation can be useful in case of system crash, because they are so hard to restore. Better to create one using the tool USB / DVD Download Windows 7 (do not be intimidated by the "Windows 7" label, this program works with all editions of the OS). A small point to remember: for the 64-bit edition of Windows 8.1, you will have a key of at least 8 GB. Once created, insert the disc or USB key in the computer, and double-click its icon via Explorer.

Q: So it is not necessary to restart the computer?


A: No, you do not need to restart the computer and ensure that it starts well on the key or the installation DVD. Anything can happen directly from Windows. Installation module offers three choices: keep the Windows settings, personal files and applications / keep only personal files / not keep anything. Go to the first, of course. It saves you from having to reinstall all the software you use every day. After a few minutes of installation and after a reboot, you are in possession of a brand new Windows 8.1.

Switching from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

Migration from Windows 7 is a little simpler than Windows XP or Vista. Microsoft has finally decided to facilitate the updating, integrating an update tool for Windows 7 on the Windows DVD 8.1. The update allows to keep personal documents, without first putting on an external medium. But beware: you will still reinstall hand all the software you use every day in Windows 7. Here's how to do so.

Q: How do I create an installation key Windows 8.1?

R: Insert the disc or USB that contains Windows 8.1. If you do not have the original DVD, but you have the full ISO of Windows 8.1, use the application tool USB / DVD Windows 7 download . Launch the Tool application USB / DVD Download Windows 7, and click Browse. Head to the directory containing the Windows Installer 8.1 and has a file extension. ISO. Then select the USB key destination, where you will save the installation of Windows 8.1 files. Wait a few minutes before the key is created.

Q: What precautions should I take before I start?

A: In theory, no. During migration, the installation of Windows 8.1 tool will not format your C: partition, it will just simply reinstall over the new OS. However, if you want to exercise extreme caution, you can always copy all of your personal files (stored in libraries documents, images, videos, etc..) On external media. Do the same for the configuration of your browser, especially if you are not using Internet Explorer. Make a backup with MozBackup if you use Firefox, or use the synchronization tool integrated with Chrome if it is your primary browser. Finally, same for your emails: keep them with MozBackup (again) if you usually use Thundebird or via export messages and contacts function integrated to Outlook, Windows Mail, etc..

Q: how to start installing Windows 7?


A: Windows 7, no need to reboot the system to deploy Windows 8.1. You can do it directly from the desktop. Insert the USB key or DVD you created (or the original disc if you acquired in box) and let yourself be guided by the automatic installation of the OS. Remember however that this manipulation as long as they have an equivalent version of the two OS: Windows 7 32-bit Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 7 64-bit. Otherwise, you will need to restart your PC using the key or the installation DVD, and reformat the partition on which Windows 7 is installed. Finally, once the system is set up, you must reinstall all of your programs, including the Office suite if you use it.

Switching from Windows Vista to Windows 8.1

To migrate from Vista to Windows 8.1 , it will have you perform the same operations as we have seen in Windows XP. Indeed, it is not possible to switch easily from one OS to another, it is imperative to reinstall everything and take care in advance to save all the precious data. Please have therefore an external storage device (USB key or hard drive, or why not, one or more blank DVDs) and follow the recommendations below. Everything should be fine, and you should put away all your documents and settings, without loss of essential information, do not worry.

Q: what to do I start?


A: The easiest step is to save all your personal documents directly to an external hard disk to find them once Windows 8.1 installed. Open Explorer (press [CTRL] + [E]) and select all elements Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos, Contacts and Favorites. Copy them to an external device such as a USB drive, a big stick or an optical disk (DVD or Blu-Ray). This is your main data already available at the shelter. Once Windows 8.1 installed, you can simply copy them from the external medium to the same elements Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc. (it is not, strictly speaking, records, but rather shortcuts).

Q: What should I do to shelter my preferences and my Chrome history?


R: in Chrome, the operation is very simple in Vista: the browser has indeed a tool for automatic synchronization between different devices and different versions of an operating system. It is simply to create a free Google account, and identify Windows Vista. Therefore, when you install Chrome on Windows 8.1, and identifying you again, you will get all your history and your preferences. To do this, simply go to the address chrome :/ / settings / syncSetup from your browser.

Q: If I use Firefox, then I also get my settings?


A: Firefox, it is recommended to use a third party program that will allow you to actually record everything. His name? MozBackup . Download and install the application in question, and then open it. Choose Backup features a profile> Mozilla Firefox (fr), and press the Next button. Then go on the Browse button and specify a destination folder. There must be a file that is not on C:. Then choose a directory on a disk or external USB drive. Press twice on the Next button, and voila. Finally, if you use Thunderbird for email, repeat the same operation, but this time choose the Backup function profile> Thunderbird (en).

Q: but with Internet Explorer, I can save my data?


A: Microsoft IE, same thing in Mozilla Thunderbird: although it is possible to save your favorites, for more opportunities, you will need to use a small additional backup software. Do not worry, it is very easy to use. Download and install the application BackRex Internet Explorer Backup . Upon opening the program in question, press the Next button and make sure that the Backup function is selected.Press Next and then press the Browse button function. Select a destination folder in which all your preferences, your history and favorites will be saved. Once Windows 8.1 set up, it will then be sufficient to use the same software (BackRex Internet Explorer Backup) to restore all your IE settings.

Q: I lose all my emails when migrating to Windows 8.1?


A: No, do not worry: it is quite possible to save all your messages in Vista, as well as your account settings, so you can find in Windows 8.1. If you use Thunderbird, use MozBackup, as we have seen a little higher. In Outlook, everything is planned. Simply go to the File tab and select Options functions, Advanced Options, and then Export. Then go on the Export data to a file, then select Outlook Data File (. Pst). Save everything on an external drive. And you can put away your old messages, contacts, calendar, etc.. Note that this option is also available in all other mail clients Microsoft (Expess Outlook, Windows Mail, etc..). Once you have installed Windows 8.1 and Outlook, you only have to use the Import function and specify the external drive as a source directory.

Q: I am ready to implement Windows 8.1?


A: Yes, once all your data and email accounts saved, it'll just set up Windows 8.1. A final step is to create a disc or a startup key, if you do not have a DVD version of the OS and you just downloaded. To do this, get the free application tool USB / DVD Download Windows 7 . Install and run it. Head to the Browse button and select the file containing large install Windows 8.1 (it must have an extension. ISO). Select the USB drive on which you want to save Windows 8.1 and which serves to restart the PC. For the 64-bit edition OS, you need a key of at least 8 GB, 4 GB device is not sufficient once formatted. For 32-bit Windows version 8.1, however, a key 4 GB is sufficient.

Q: how to restart my PC with the USB?

A: you have created a boot USB key or simply do appeal to classical DVD of Windows 8.1, you must now start your PC from the same storage media. To do this, restart your computer and enter the BIOS or UEFI (F2 or Delete from power). Look for the function to manage the order of boot devices, and place the USB key or DVD first. Restart your PC: Windows 8.1 installation can begin.

Going from Windows XP to Windows 8.1

Migration from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 is not really under Microsoft. According to Redmond, the left at the time of XP computers are not equipped to Windows 8.1, which is not quite true. If your PC is equipped with enough memory (at least 1GB), a basic CPU (1 GHz frequency) and a nice hard drive (at least 20 GB), you may qualify for Windows 8.1. In addition, Microsoft probably tend to forget, but many users have changed their machine by changing the processor sometimes, sometimes the hard drive, and Windows XP kept for convenience. Consequently, it is not because your PC is running "again" in Windows XP, it is not suitable for Windows 8.1. However, as nothing is provided to facilitate the migration, you should backup everything before installing Windows 8.1 on your computer.

Q: What are the items that I have up?

A: migration from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 is not actually required by Microsoft. According to Redmond, the left at the time of XP computers are not equipped to Windows 8.1 , which is not quite true. If your PC is equipped with enough memory (at least 1GB), a proper CPU and a nice hard drive (at least 40 GB), you may qualify for Windows 8.1. In addition, Microsoft probably tend to forget, but many users have changed their machine by changing the processor sometimes, sometimes the hard drive, and Windows XP kept for convenience. Consequently, it is not because your PC is running "again" in Windows XP, it is not suitable for Windows 8.1. However, as nothing is provided to facilitate the migration, you should backup everything before installing Windows 8.1 on your computer.

Q: how to save my settings and my history in Google Chrome?

A: If Chrome is your main browser, you will not have much to do. Simply enter your Google account (Gmail, Google+ etc..) To retrieve all parameters of the Chrome browser. This includes passwords, open tabs, browsing history, favorites, etc.. Synchronization settings from one computer to another, or to another Windows, is available at: chrome :/ / settings / syncSetup .

Q: Firefox, how do I proceed?

A: Firefox also includes a backup / synchronization, but there are easier and certainly more complete, especially if you also want to save your messages in the same time. Download the free app MozBackup and install. Launch the application and select a profile functions Backup and Mozilla Firefox (en). Press the Next button, then click the Browse function and select a directory where your preferences will be saved Mozilla (so do not choose C:, but a disk or external drive).Press Next, then Next button again. . Finally, if you use Thunderbird as a mail client, repeat the same operation, but this time selecting a Backup profile> Thunderbird (en) on the first window.

Q: And if not with Internet Explorer, how I save?

R: with IE, it's almost the same thing: it is possible to save your favorites via the embedded option (File> Import / Export), but there is still more complete. The right software is called BackRex Internet Explorer Backup and can be downloaded free. Obtain and install it. At first launch, click Next, and then select the Backup function (enabled by default). Press the Next button, then click Browse and choose a destination directory different from C: (you can pick up your key or external hard drive used previously). Click Next and leave Internet Explorer xx.0 highlighted. The backup starts.

Q: How can I put away my emails?

A: If you use Thunderbird, use MozBackup as described above. With Outlook, everything is provided: an export function is integrated effect software, no need to use a third party program. In Outlook 2010, for example, click File> Options> Advanced> Export Options. Then select the Export data to a file and file Outlook (. Pst) data. This function allows you to save all of your emails, but also your contacts, calendar items, etc.. Once Windows 8.1, then you just have to reinstall Outlook, and this time select the option Import advantage of another program or file.

Q: Can I finally install Windows 8.1?

A: If you backed up your most important data, it's time to set up Windows 8.1. You can not install the new OS directly from Windows XP. On the one hand because there is a very high chance that your Windows XP is 32 bits, and you want to switch to 64-bit. So, it is necessary to start from scratch.And secondly, because even with a 32-bit edition of Windows 8.1, it just does not work (see screenshot below cons). You must restart your PC and make it embarks on the key or USB drive containing Windows 8.1.

Q: how do I create a bootable Windows 8.1?

R: first get the tool USB / DVD Download Windows 7 . Install it. Perhaps you will also retrieve and deploy software . NET Framework 2.0 (or . Net Framework 3.5 , it works well), and the control API v2.0 picture . Then run the tool USB / DVD Download Windows 7, and in the Source File field, click Browse and select the ISO of Windows 8.1. Then select the USB drive on which you want to save the Windows Installer 8.1 files. Note in passing that for the 64-bit edition, you need a key of at least 8 GB

Q: And finally, how do I install the new system?

A: It only remains for you to restart your computer, ensuring it starts well on the USB key that you just created. To do this, go into the BIOS or UEFI your machine, look for the function regarding the priority of devices at startup. Make sure it is the USB key that starts first. Some even allow BIOS to temporarily boot from a USB device, then back to normal the next start (the internal hard drive then becomes priority).