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The computer is composed of several hardware pieces and the peripherals like the display adaptors, motherboards, mouse, modems, printers and disk drives. The device drivers would not work properly unless they would communicate with operating system. For the system to communicate, recognize and control the device, special code known as device driver would be used.

For instance, if you have just bought a new printer then you will find that it comes along with installation disk. Installation program would contain the device drivers so that computer would recognize new device. The Windows would have several common device drivers that are preinstalled so that it need not be necessarily installed manually. The device drivers come in a large variety – universal, monolithic, Human Interface drivers, virtualization and Win32 driver model.

The monolithic drivers are very much common in the Windows 3.1. Such a device type would provide with all devices that are required for operation system that are included in all services, Application Programming Interfaces, hardware services, and the user interfaces. The Windows 95 has introduced the universal driver architecture that has provided a native basis driver service so that the hardware vendors would only require supplying certain driver codes for the hardware.

The universal drivers mainly contain the most of code that is required for entering the class of the devices. For instance, universal print drivers would allow a large variety of printers to the communicators along with programming systems. Certain specific printers would require some further instructions that are all included in the mini driver. The mini drivers are usually small in size and simple having some additional instructions.

Virtualization drivers are the 32 bit and are protected drivers. Such driver types are mainly used for managing the system resources in order to enable the stimulation sharing of the resources. For instance, it would allow various programs for using the resource or the device at same time. Acronym of the device driver is ‘VxD’ that refers to the generic virtual driver with ‘x’ representing driver type. For instance, VDD is generic virtual display type driver while the VPD would represent as generic virtual print driver.

Win32 driver model architecture is basically supported by the Windows 98. the architecture would contain set of input as well as output services that are used by the Windows 98 also Windows NT. It would allow developers for writing one single driver which would work on both of the operating systems.

The Human interface drivers would be used for the input devices which humans would use for interacting with computer like mouse, keyboard, joysticks, trackballs, game pads and pointers.

The Plug and Play would allow you to enable almost all automatic configurations of the device drivers that would allow operating system for detecting device and installing required device drivers on its own.

If you are a little curious about devices and the device drivers that are present on computer then you might consider using Device Manager for finding about the drives and make necessary changes. Go to Control Panel and then hit the Device Manager Key. It would list down all the devices that are present on the computer. Next, right click any of the device drivers and then choose properties. Here you would be able to explore various options and tabs so also update the device drivers if it is instructed for doing do from hardware manufacturers.

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