How to Add New Hardware Using Windows Vista - dummies

How to Add New Hardware Using Windows Vista

By Andy Rathbone

Thanks to Plug and Play technology, when you plug something into your PC’s USB port, like iPods, cameras, or scanners, Vista almost always recognizes it and leaves it ready for action. But if Vista doesn’t recognize something, you need to know how to add new hardware using Windows Vista’s Add Hardware Wizard.

  1. Choose Start→Control Panel and click Classic View on the left.


    The Classic View shows all your icons — this is a hidden route to the Add Hardware icon.

  2. Double-click the Add Hardware icon, click Continue (if prompted), and then click Next to let the wizard search for and install the hardware automatically.

    The Add Hardware Wizard introduces Windows Vista to whatever part you’ve plugged into your computer — if Vista recognizes one.

  3. If Windows Vista locates your new part, select the newly installed part’s name from the Windows Vista list and click Finish.

    Just follow the rest of the wizard’s instructions to complete the installation. You might need to restart the computer before you’re finished.

  4. If the wizard doesn’t find your new part, click Next and follow the instructions.


    If you get lucky, the device’s name will be in the list of available devices to load. Just click the device and follow the instructions from there. However, if Windows can’t locate your newly installed part automatically, contact the device’s manufacturer and ask for a Windows Vista driver. (Drivers are often downloadable from the manufacturer’s Web site.)