I have just downloaded updated drivers for my soundcard. I am hesitating with the installation because I have never done it before. Are there any pitfalls ahead ? or is it straight forward. Any instructions would be gratefully received.
hi hazelnut nick is quite right it what he says about un-installing your sound driver or you could just click update your driver and click update from a list of where you have stored it this is sometimes a better way of updating a driver as it leaves a good driver in place and lets windows decide if your new driver is better [signed etc]and the correct one not only just for your sound-cards benefit but also your motherboards benefit as there is a lot of customization that goes on within the computer industry
It's also recommended that you close all running programs before installing. Open all the programs running in the tray in the bottom right hand corner, and select "Close" or "Exit" (or right click them and select "Exit". Use Ctrl+Alt+Delete and close everything but Systray and Explorer (I don't knw if there's anything else to avoid in XP) for anything still running that you can't close.
Having said all that, I only close scanners and monitors such as Virus scans when I update.