How to find Hardware ID to download the software drivers for your troublesome devices.

Before we start, please understand that finding the Hardware ID is not the first step instead should be the last step of your whole experience, so make sure you do the Windows update, OEM website research and finally the hardware ID. Also notice that installing incorrect driver software will cause instability and BSODs. Let’s start.

Step 1:

Open Device Manager, to do that you can either press and hold the Windows key and Pause Break key together or open Run Command and type devmgmt.msc to bring up the Device Manager screen.

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Step 2:


Now right click the troublesome driver and select Properties. I am using my soundcard driver for example for this purpose.

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Step 3:

Navigate to the Details tab on the top from the new pop up window.

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Step 4:

Under the Property field, you’ll have a drop down to choose; you need to choose Hardware IDs. This is a huge list, just press the keyboard alphabet H to get that selected easily, alternatively you can just choose through the options.

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Step 5:

Right click the first line and you’ll get an option to copy the Hardware ID of the device that you’re looking for:

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Step 6:

Now paste the copied information on Google and start searching for the Hardware ID on Google.

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Step 7:

This step is very important. This will determine the whole experience. Understand that any incorrect download of drivers will make you vulnerable for infections such as Malware, Virus, Keyloggers and much more. Choose what you download and where you download it from. Always look for developer websites from the list of search. would be a great place for people already having the discussion. Also, this is a risky process altogether so as I said, this is the last resort not the first step that you should be performing. Finally, after you download the correct driver, please make sure that you’re saving a copy of the driver software somewhere so you don’t have to repeat the process.

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Blue Screen of Death error codes and solutions.


Problem might be because of boot.ini corruption or caused by a damaged Hard Disk. To fix this error, one must run an hardware diagnosis and see if there's a hard disk failure. If not hard disk needs to be replaced.

0x00000024 - NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM:

Hard Disk Drive going bad.  Same as above, run a hardware diagnosis and see if that fixes the issue. If not, contact the manufacturer if this BSOD happens more than twice.


Possible memory issue. The RAM is experiencing an issue. A hardware diagnosis on memory needs to be run to identify the issue.


Windows cannot finda  boot device, typically after loading Windows files, the hard disk cannot continue due to corruptions in the HDD.


Sometimes caused by third party softwares, also caused by inserting new hardware that is not compatible with your computer. Most of these peoples occur when your Windows installs a driver that is not compatible with your hardware/software. First try uninstalling the software and if that doesn't help, try removing the hardware and then go to safe mode and uinstall the software.


Sometimes caused by third party softwares, also caused by inserting new hardware that is not compatible with your computer. Most of these peoples occur when your Windows installs a driver that is not compatible with your hardware/software. First try uninstalling the software and if that doesn't help, try removing the hardware and then go to safe mode and uinstall the software.


Sometimes caused by third party softwares, also caused by inserting new hardware that is not compatible with your computer. Most of these peoples occur when your Windows installs a driver that is not compatible with your hardware/software. First try uninstalling the software and if that doesn't help, try removing the hardware and then go to safe mode and uinstall the software.


Many reasons, can be caused by hardware issues on RAM, Video Card and/or Hard Disk Drive. Running a diagnosis will narrow the issue down.


corrupted RAM, caused basically because the RAM memory has been corrupted. Diagnosis will surely answer the inquiry.

0x0000004E - PFN_LIST_CORRUPT:

Same as above, except this message is direct. RAM has gone bad and needs replacement or diagnosis.


Caused by video card driver or possible corrupted video card. Download the latest driver from manufacturers.

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Wireless issues.

Wireless internet disconnects on a particular device? Well, there are a handfull of reasons why. This troubleshooting method focuses strictly on a particular disconnection. If your WiFi disconnects on only one laptop or smartphone, try the following troubleshooting method below:


Reason (And/or):


1. Wireless interference.

2. Distance from router.

3. Channels.


Understand that the interface looks different on each and every computer and doeesn't necessarily look the same.



On any Windows, press Windows key + R to bring up the Run command. In the run command, type CMD and this will bring up the Command Prompt,. After you open the command prompt, type ipconfig and press enter. You will see a bunch of numbers, focus on Default Gateway.


Default Gateway


(Number may vary)


Now, type this number on the address bar (On top where you type and you will be able to reach your rourter's admin page. Once here, you will be prompted for a password and username. Type: Admin/password and it might let you in, if not try finding this on the router (Sticker etched on Router). Now look for the option to split the connection between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequency. This will give you two wireless networks in your home after you make the change. While you do this, your internet will disconnect for few seconds. 


Didn't work? See how far are you from the router, closed doors, thick walls and many more stops your wireless from transponding to your devices. Be on high alert. Alternatively you can also play around with changing the wireless channels. Best channels are 1, 6, 11 and for 5ghz it is 146 and 161.

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Automatic restarts

Have you ever experienced the computer shutting down abruptly while working on it? There is quite a lot of computers facing this problem when it's set to restart on system failure. An effective option to cover up the issue would be to disable the automatic restart option and ofcourse its recommendable.

In Windows 7, click on Start then right click on Computer and choose the option ‘Properties' from the menu. In the Properties window, choose the option Advanced system settings from the menu on the left hand side. In the new window that pops-up, choose the tab Advanced and click on the button Settings under the option Startup and Recovery. Again a new window would pop-up; uncheck the box next to ‘Automatically restart' that you will find under System failure.

In Windows 8/8.1/10, press Windows key + X then click on Control Panel from the menu. In Control Panel choose System Maintenance and System. In System, click on Advanced System Settings and choose the Advanced tab. In Advanced tab click on Settings button which is under Startup and Recovery. In the new windows unselect the check box next to Automatically Restart that you will find under System failure.
Also the Windows Memory Diagnostic can be run to check on the issue. Click on the "Start" button and then click on "Memory".

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BSOD - Blue Screen of Death

Blue screen of death (BSOD) is one among the common occurring serious issues in windows computer. A stop error as such can be caused when the operating system stops working abruptly. Both hardware and software could cause this problem.

Try the following steps to check the issue:

If computer turns on to home screen, try system restore as it had resolved the issue in most cases. While performing system restore make sure you choose a date in which the computer was working void the BSOD issue. If it's a Windows 7 computer, click on Windows icon and in the search box type System restore or Press Windows key + R to open the Run window and type rstrui.exe(works for windows 7/8/8.1/10) to open the system restore window. Once the window is open, proceed further with the on-screen instructions.

If computer doesn’t enter the home screen, try to boot the computer in safe mode by accessing the advanced boot options and proceed with System restore.

Find below the 4 most common BSOD errors and possible solutions:

a. Error code 0x000000D1
This error mostly occurs on the Windows 7 Service pack 1 version of operating system. Microsoft has released a hotfix for this is issue and its available on their website in the following link.

b. Error code 0x0000000A

Majorly this issue occurs due to incompatible drivers or when drivers use an incorrect memory and it occurs mostly in Windows XP Operating system. First step you have to try whenever the issue occurs is to use the Windows Error Reporting Tool which pops up after this error message. When it fails to recover from the issue, try the advanced troubleshooting steps from the following link.


c. Error code 0x00000050

This issue occurs on Windows 7 Operating system computers and its due to the pool corruption occurs in the sys file called srvnet.sys file. A hotfix file is available on the microsoft's support website. The file can be downloaded from the following link.


d. Error code 0x000000C2

The reason for this problem often comes up due to a bug in software or drivers. It's relevant to the remote desktop service on the computer. Microsoft has a hotfix available for this error code and its available in the following link.


Also check the link below to verify the code and its reasons in the following link:



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404 Page not found

A 404 error while trying to reach a website/webpage means the page you are trying to reach is unavailable on the server. These error messages could be customized by the website owners, many are delivered in a creative way. This error message is not restricted to any platforms of operating system or browsers.

                Usually this error occurs when the websites URL has errors while typing or the particular webpage is moved or removed which should be known to the user. Also, when a website moves its page and if the old link is not re-routed to new page, this error could occur. Sometimes the requested file or webpage could be down for maintenance, upgrades or other reasons. 

These are the following steps that could be tried to verify the issue:

                    Refresh the webpage by clicking on refresh icon on the respective browsers or by tapping ‘F5’ function key.

                    Verify the website URL for spelling errors

                    Search for the webpage in search engines which would help you to re-verify on spelling errors or it could possibly re-direct you to the new webpage

                    Try to clear your browser Cache. If you can access that particular webpage from other devices that are connected in the same network, then try to clear out the Cache and Cookies on the browser.

                    If the website is accessible from other networks but not in a particular one, then try to change the DNS servers.

                    If all steps fail, contact website to validate the information.

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Slow computer performance

When the computer isn’t working at its usual optimized speed, responds slower than expected or does not respond at all, then, your computer is facing an issue as we call it ‘Slow Performance’ issue. The root cause can be a number of reasons, however, try the following steps to identify and fix the issue.