An Explanation Of Windows Hardware Installation

How To Install, Uninstall And Diagnose Hardware

This category will teach you how to install hardware in general, by using some common hardware as examples, so that you see how easy installing hardware really is once the process has been explained and shown to you. After some time you should begin to realize that installing hardware is just a matter of plugging it in, waiting for Windows 10 to detect it, and then installing its driver (hardware installation) file(s) if necessary. This category will also teach you how to Disable Hardware and Remove Hardware the safe way amongst other things.

Hardware is split into two sections these days. Plug & Play and Plug & Detect, both described below.


Plug & Detect is the method whereby you plug in a piece of hardware, Windows 10 detects it, but you have to install it. You install it using the driver file(s) from the Installation Disk (CD/DVD) that came with the hardware. And if you do not have an installation Disk (CD/DVD) you can always go to the hardware manufacturer's website to see if you can download the driver file(s), as well as any other software for the hardware.


Plug & Play is the method whereby you plug in a piece of hardware, Windows 10 detects it and then installs it for you. Windows 10 can install the necessary driver file(s) for you as it already has the driver file(s) on the computer. This could be because Windows 10 is already supplied with them or because you have installed the hardware before, using the Plug & Detect method, and then uninstalled the hardware. Depending on the uninstallation method the driver file(s) could of been completely removed from the computer or just from the hardware's driver folder. If the latter happened Windows 10 would still have a copy of the driver file(s) in its own driver folder, which it could use to re-install the hardware without the aid of the Installation Disk (CD/DVD). Hence why I show you how to use the Hardware Wizard so you can locate your hardware's driver folder as well and re-install hardware yourself.

Read the Installing Software section, if you have not already, as it gives advice on uninstalling and reinstalling software in general.