Software & Apps Windows Windows 7 Drivers Download the latest Windows 7 drivers for popular hardware by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on November 19, 2020 reviewed by Jerrick Leger Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jerrick Leger is a CompTIA-certified IT Specialist with more than 10 years' experience in technical support and IT fields. He is also a systems administrator for an IT firm in Texas serving small businesses. our review board Article reviewed on Feb 17, 2020 Jerrick Leger Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email After installing Windows 7, you may need to download the latest Windows 7 drivers for some of the hardware in your PC. Windows 7 is one of Microsoft's most popular operating systems, so most manufacturers regularly release Windows 7 driver updates for their products. Updating to the latest Windows 7 drivers may help keep your PC running at its best. As of January 2020, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 7. We recommend upgrading to Windows 10 to continue receiving security updates and technical support. Need help to install a Windows 7 driver? See How to Update Drivers in Windows. Another alternative is a dedicated driver installer tool. 11 Free Programs That Will Help Update Drivers in Windows Below is an alphabetical list of Windows 7 driver download links for 21 major hardware manufacturers, from Acer to VIA. See the very bottom of this page for a quick list of the most recently updated Windows 7 drivers. Please let me know if this page needs to be updated. Acer Drivers (Desktops and Notebooks) Windows 7 drivers available for Acer desktops or notebooks can be downloaded via Acer's Service and Support site, linked above. Acer provides many custom Windows 7 drivers for their PCs and laptops but much of the hardware will be installed using the default drivers in Windows 7. AMD/ATI Radeon Driver (Video) The latest AMD/ATI Radeon Windows 7 driver is the AMD Adrenalin 20.45 Suite (Released 2020-11-18). This Windows 7 driver from AMD/ATI contains the entire Catalyst suite including the ATI Radeon display driver and the Catalyst Control Center. This Windows 7 driver is compatible with most AMD/ATI Radeon HD series GPUs, including the R9 series and newer HD series chips. There are 32-bit and 64-bit versions of this Windows 7 driver available, so be sure to choose the right one. ASUS Drivers (Motherboards) ASUS Windows 7 drivers can be downloaded via ASUS's support site, linked above. ASUS has made available Windows 7 drivers for most of their motherboard lines including those based on AMD, Intel Socket 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, and more. I did a quick spot check on several of ASUS's motherboards and all of them showed both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 drivers. ASUS also manufactures servers, workstations, notebooks, and other computer peripherals, but they are most known for their motherboards. You can look for Windows 7 drivers for your non-motherboard ASUS product on their website. If you're wondering if your "older" ASUS motherboard has Windows 7 drivers, ASUS keeps a list here: Windows 7 Compatible ASUS Motherboards. BIOSTAR Drivers (Motherboards) BIOSTAR Windows 7 drivers are listed on BIOSTAR's download page, linked above. BIOSTAR lists many of their motherboard lines as passing WHQL testing with Microsoft, including those based on Intel 1155, 1366, 1156, 775, 478, and AMD AM3+, FM1, AM3, and AM2+ designs. Many BIOSTAR motherboards may have passed certain Windows 7 tests but that does not mean that Windows 7 drivers are available from BIOSTAR. However, the motherboards listed should work as expected with standard Windows 7 drivers. C-Media Drivers (Audio) Windows 7 drivers for products based on C-Media's audio chipset are available via their driver download page, linked above. A lot of the drivers available for C-Media products appear to have been tested on the latest RC build of Windows 7, not the final version, but they should still work fine. Windows 7 drivers are available for CMI8788, CMI8738, CMI8768, CMI8768+, CMI8770, and CMI8787, but Windows 7's built-in drivers might work best. The Windows 7 drivers linked to here are directly from C-Media. A C-Media chip may be a part of your sound card or motherboard but it's possible there's a Windows 7 driver that's a better fit for your sound device from your actual sound card or motherboard manufacturer. Compaq Drivers (Desktops and Laptops) If any Windows 7 drivers are available for Compaq computers, they can be downloaded via HP's standard support site, linked above. Compaq is now part of HP. Compaq's newer computers typically come with Windows 7 installed and, of course, have Windows 7 drivers available. HP's site may have Windows 7 drivers listed for older Compaq computers as well. Creative Sound Blaster Drivers (Audio) The most current Creative Sound Blaster Windows 7 drivers are listed on Creative's Driver Availability Chart, linked above. Creative has made available Windows 7 drivers for many of their popular Sound Blaster products including their X-Fi, Sound Blaster Live, Audigy, and more. Some Windows 7 drivers by Creative may be in beta. Please be aware that beta drivers may not always work properly and you should update as soon as final versions become available. This page also links to Windows 7 drivers for other devices from Creative including MP3 players, speakers, headsets, webcams, and video cams. Dell Drivers (Desktops and Laptops) Windows 7 drivers for Dell desktop and laptop computers can be downloaded via Dell's standard support site, linked above. Dell also keeps a list of their older computer systems that they have successfully tested with Windows 7: Microsoft Windows 7 Compatible Dell Systems. eMachines Drivers (Desktops and Notebooks) Any available Windows 7 drivers for eMachines desktop or notebook computers can be downloaded via eMachines' support site, linked above. To see if your eMachines laptop or desktop PC is compatible with Windows 7, visit the link provided above and select the product Group, then Series, and finally the model number from the Products list. If "Windows 7" is an option under the Operating System choices then your PC should support Windows 7. If no drivers are listed for Windows 7, even though eMachines says your PC supports it, it just means the built-in drivers available in Windows 7 will suffice for your computer. In other words, after installing Windows 7, you shouldn't need to update any of your drivers. Gateway Drivers (Desktops and Notebooks) Windows 7 drivers for many Gateway desktops and notebooks are available via Gateway's support site. According to Gateway, their only advice for compatibility with Windows 7 for older computers is to check the minimum system requirements for Windows 7 and compare to your PC. The built-in drivers that Windows 7 provides will likely work for the majority of Gateway hardware manufactured before 2009. Otherwise, Gateway will likely provide their own Windows 7 drivers via their support site. HP Drivers (Desktops and Laptops) Any available Windows 7 drivers for HP desktop, laptop, and tablet computers can be downloaded via HP's standard support site, linked above. Many of HP's desktop and laptop PCs have Windows 7 drivers available. HP has also published valuable information about the availability of HP printer and scanner drivers in Windows 7 (see the HP entry below). HP Drivers (Printers and Scanners) The best way to get Windows 7 drivers for individual HP printers and scanners is to visit HP Support, linked above. Enter your product information on their support page to find Windows 7 drivers for your HP Deskjet, Officejet, Photosmart, LaserJet, Designjet, or Scanjet imaging device. From this page, you can see if your specific HP printer or scanner will work from a built-in Windows 7 driver, via an update from Windows Update, or from a Windows 7 driver downloaded directly from HP. Intel Drivers (Motherboards) Windows 7 drivers for Intel motherboards can be downloaded via Intel's support page, linked above. A quick check showed 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 drivers. The few motherboard driver download pages I looked at showed Windows 7 drivers for Intel's integrated video, audio, Ethernet controller, and more. Intel also keeps a short list of motherboards, released around the time Windows 7 was released, that fully supported the operating system. Intel Chipset "Drivers" (Intel Motherboards) The latest Intel Chipset Windows 7 "driver" is version 10.1.18383 (Released 2020-05-07). Technically, these are not Windows 7 drivers. This update is actually an INF file update, which helps instruct Windows 7 how to identify and work properly with Intel chipset hardware like USB, Core PCI, and other integrated hardware. This update applies to both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. The page linked to above also lists the Intel chipsets currently compatible with this update. Do not install this update on a motherboard with a chipset that is not listed. Lenovo (Desktops and Laptops) Windows 7 drivers for Lenovo desktop and laptop computers can be downloaded via Lenovo's support site, linked above. Windows 7 specific questions can be asked on Lenovo's Windows 7 discussion board. This is a great resource if you're having trouble finding Windows 7 drivers for your Lenovo product or having issues installing a driver. Lexmark Drivers (Printers) Current information on Windows 7 drivers for individual Lexmark printers is available from the list on Lexmark's site, linked above. From this page, you can see if your specific Lexmark printer will work best with the built-in Windows 7 driver, with the latest Windows 7 driver downloaded directly from Lexmark, or with the latest Windows Vista driver, also available from Lexmark. Several Lexmark small business and home office all-in-one and inkjet printers are listed separately from those linked above. Microsoft Drivers (Keyboards, Mice, Etc.) In addition to creating operating systems like Windows 7, Microsoft also produces hardware like keyboards, mice, game controllers, webcams, and more. Microsoft hardware products with Windows 7 drivers are listed on their Software Downloads page, linked above. Some of the most up to date Windows 7 drivers for Microsoft hardware may still be in beta. Please be aware that beta drivers may not always work properly and you should update as soon as final versions become available. Microtek Drivers (Scanners) Windows 7 drivers for Microtek scanners are available for many recent models and are downloadable from the link above. At this time, it looks like Windows 7 drivers are available for several newer ScanMaker and ArtixScan models. Windows 7 64-bit drivers are only available for a few ArtixScanDI scanners from Microtek. Microtek has no plans to release certified drivers for many of their older but extremely popular scanners. However, according to Microtek, many of their Windows XP 32-bit drivers work perfectly well in Windows 7, including those for popular models like the ScanMaker 4800, 4850, 3800, and more. NVIDIA GeForce Driver (Video) The latest NVIDIA GeForce Windows 7 driver is version 457.30 (Released 2020-11-09). This Windows 7 NVIDIA driver is compatible with the NVIDIA TITAN series and GeForce 10, 900, 700, and 600 series desktop GPUs, as well as GeForce MX100, 10, 900M, 800M, 700M, and 600M series notebook GPUs. NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA Surround, and NVIDIA Update are all included in this single driver suite. There are Windows 7 32-bit drivers and 64-bit drivers available from NVIDIA. Take care in choosing the correct one for your system. These NVIDIA GeForce drivers are directly from NVIDIA — the GPU manufacturer. An NVIDIA GeForce GPU may be a part of your video card or motherboard but NVIDIA only created the GPU. This means that it's possible there's a Windows 7 driver that better fits your hardware available from your actual video card or motherboard manufacturer. Realtek AC97 Driver (Audio) The latest Realtek AC97 Windows 7 driver is version 6305 (Released 2009-09-07). This download contains both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of this Windows 7 driver. The Realtek AC97 drivers linked to here are directly from Realtek—the chipset manufacturer. The AC97 chipset may be a part of your sound card or motherboard but Realtek only created the chipset. This means that it's possible there's a Windows 7 driver that better fits your hardware available from your actual sound card or motherboard manufacturer. I've listed various Realtek drivers separately because of their individual popularity. Realtek High Definition Driver (Audio) The latest Realtek High Definition Windows 7 driver is version R2.82 (Released 2017-07-26). Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of this Windows 7 driver are available. These Realtek High Definition Audio drivers are directly from Realtek — the chipset manufacturer. The High Definition Audio chipset may be a part of your sound card or motherboard but Realtek only created the chipset. This means that it's possible there's a Windows 7 driver that better fits your hardware available from your actual sound card or motherboard manufacturer. I've listed various Realtek drivers separately because of their individual popularity. Sony Drivers (Desktops and Notebooks) Any Windows 7 drivers for Sony desktop or notebook computers can be downloaded via Sony's eSupport site, linked above. Sony has an Upgrade page with information about Sony PCs and Windows 7, including a handy tool to see what Windows 7 drivers and other information is available for your specific Sony computer. Toshiba Drivers (Laptops) Windows 7 drivers for Toshiba (now called Dynabook) laptop computers can be downloaded via Toshiba's standard support site, linked above. You can view a list of Toshiba Windows 7 drivers by searching the model number of serial number on their Dynabook and Toshiba Drivers & Software page and then refining the search to Windows 7. Toshiba also has a roundup of various Windows 7 information on their Forums page. Toshiba also has a list of laptops released between 2007 and 2009 that support Windows 7: Toshiba laptop models supported for use with Windows 7. VIA Drivers (Chipsets) Windows 7 drivers for products based on VIA's Ethernet, audio, graphics, USB, and other chipsets are available via their standard driver download page, linked above. To get started, choose Microsoft Windows for Step 1 and then Windows 7 for Step 2. The Windows 7 drivers linked to here are directly from VIA — a chipset manufacturer. A VIA chipset may be a part of your motherboard or other hardware but VIA only created the chip, not the complete device. This means that it's possible there's a Windows 7 driver that's a better fit for your hardware available from your actual device manufacturer. Recent Windows 7 Driver Updates 2020-11-18: AMD/ATI Radeon Adrenalin v20.45 Released2020-11-09: NVIDIA GeForce v457.30 Released2020-05-07: Intel Chipset v10.1.18383 Released2017-07-26: Realtek HD Audio R2.82 Released Can't Find a Windows 7 Driver? Try using a Windows Vista driver. Windows Vista drivers will often work in Windows 7 because of the similarity between the two operating systems.