How to Install USB Drivers in Windows 98


While the newest versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system support plug and play devices that automatically install device drivers, older versions such as Windows 98 do not. Users of Windows 98 will find that they have to install device drivers for all USB devices or the devices simply will not work. Installing USB drivers in Windows 98 is not a painful process, provided you follow the correct steps for getting the job done.

  • Unplug your device from the computer. Most device drivers will not correctly install if the device is currently plugged in.

  • Insert your CD containing the USB driver into the CD-ROM drive. If you do not have the disc, then download the driver from the manufacturer's website.

  • Click "Start > Settings > Control Panel." Double-click the "Add New Hardware" icon.

  • Click "Next," then click "No." Click "Next" again.

  • Click the type of hardware that requires the USB driver. If you are installing a flash drive, for instance, then select removable hard drive. Click "Next."

  • Click the "Have Disk" button to indicate that you have the USB driver on hand.

  • Click "Browse" and navigate to your CD-ROM drive. If you downloaded the USB driver instead, then navigate to the location of the driver. Select the driver and click "OK."

  • Click the correct driver for your hardware and click "OK." Then click "Finish" to complete the process of installing USB drivers in Windows 98.

  • Plug in your device to test it out.

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