For whatever reason, you can update drivers easily.
There are two ways you can update the drivers: manually & automatically.
That said, the latest posts (in the last few hours) on the aforementioned Microsoft forum claim that the problem has been resolved by the software giant, with the expired file getting refreshed when checking for updates, and the process now working successfully.
There’s been no official announcement or acknowledgement from Microsoft yet, though, so your mileage could vary – but we’d certainly hope that a fix would have been quickly implemented.
And indeed the OS conspiracy theorists out there are (naturally) convinced that Microsoft is purposely letting things slip with Windows 7/8, in order to cajole folks into upgrading to its newest platform.
While clearly that isn’t the case, these incidents do demonstrate a worrying lack of attention to detail from Microsoft.
That freebie has since expired and people must now pay 9 for the Home edition or 9 for the Pro edition -- with the exception of assistive tech users.
Here's how to get the upgrade at no charge: From a Windows 7 or 8.1 device, go to the webpage entitled "Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies." Click on the Upgrade now button. Microsoft then displays a series of screens that take you step by step through the setup process.
Well, why stick with Vista, when you can upgrade to Microsoft's new release, Windows 7? The first 4 steps are optional, but strongly recommended.
Note: It is important that you do not shut your computer off or allow it to run out of battery during the update process.
Doing so can cause a corruption of the operating system, which can often only be fixed by reformatting the computer.
For instance, if you wish to update “Realtek High Definition Audio” driver, double-click Sound, video and game controller branch then you’ll see the “High Definition Audio Device” under this branch.
Then right-click the device name and select Update Driver Software…