Windows XP may be old, but it’s still going strong. Regarded as the most reliable and user friendly of all the Windows versions, it still enjoys daily use on millions of computers worldwide. The upcoming Windows 7 release may overtake the popularity of Windows XP, but for those using it, there is currently no reason to change.
The same may not be said for computer system hardware. Constant innovation and updates drive the PC hardware market to continue to advance apace. With newer applications demanding newer hardware, or newer hardware enabling more powerful applications, progress keeps the market moving forward. While Windows can handle these changes and applications quite well, your hardware can’t always keep up.
Upgrading a sound card is one such undertaking that most computer users will complete at least a few times in their lives. The sound card is one of the cheaper computer components to upgrade. It is also one of the ones that can make the most difference to some setups. Sound heavy users like musicians or animators will want to keep on the bleeding edge of sound cards and will upgrade often. Average users won’t need to do it nearly as much. It is one of the more straightforward things you can do to upgrade a PC, and we shall discuss is further here.
When upgrading sound and graphics cards the first thing to do is remove the drivers for the current one. Go to Control Panel then Device Manager, right click on your sound card and select Properties. Choose the tab called Driver and you should see a button on the bottom left called Uninstall. Click this and follow any instructions on screen to remove the driver from your system. We do this before changing cards in order to give the new card a clean slate to work from. Cards from different manufacturers are incompatible with each other so won’t be able to use each other’s drivers.