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How To Find Old Drivers?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals

Joel from Solomons writes:

Where can I get drivers for old devices designed for windows 98?

To find drivers for older versions of an operating system the best bet is to try to find the manufacturer’s website and search there. If you cannot find them on the manufacturers website (or the manufacturer isn’t in business anymore) your next best bet is to turn to Google. The best way to search is to include either the manufacturer part number or unique hardware identifying numbers, plus Windows 98 and driver.

For example, Google search:

“hp laserjet 4l” + “driver” + “windows 98″

This will search for HP Laerjet 4L and driver and Windows 98 all in the result. If you just type “HP Laserjet 4L driver Windows 98″ you may get a lot of results that mention HP driver or HP Windows or Laserjet Window,s but not exactly what your looking for.

Note: Make sure to run any older driver you may download through a virus scanner first, as some nefarious websites will use the lure of a working driver for an older product to convince someone to bypass this important security step.


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2 Responses to “How To Find Old Drivers?”

  1. Jack Murphy says:

    This article reminds me of my fruitless search for a webcam I bought on sale and never used. I threw it into a box. I could not find any source that had a download for a driver that would work on Windows 7. When I was to order your current webcam I called your site and was told that the operating system does the driving these days. [That might be an issue for you to write about.] I am happy to report that my gmail’s Google Plus took my picture right away without any problem. I haven’t found someone to match me at the other end yet, but I am sure I will. I enjoy WS’s tips articles and the site in general. Thanks. Jack Murphy

  2. Mindi Passaretti says:

    Great post, Jake. Website publishers so often focus all of their energies on building and publishing the site and neglect to consider how they’ll drive traffic to it after launch. Good comments about making connections with individuals who are more likely to be interested in the website; it takes time and effort, but it’s so necessary for the vast majority of websites that can’t expect to generate buzz simply by their existence.

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