Installing and uninstalling drivers in Windows typically goes without any notice or notification. The driver installer merely uninstalls the existing driver and installs the new driver without any notice or notification. In doing so the driver update utility also removes or installs any drivers that were installed when the original drivers were installed. Some drivers depend on other drivers and are not installed until they are manually uninstalled. This in turn can cause stability problems. It is recommended that before you install or uninstall drivers, that you make sure that the device is functional and stable.
From the article: Once you have downloaded your new driver, you'll need to install it. In Windows, use a built-in utility called Device Manager, which allows you to see all of the devices recognized by your system, and the drivers associated with them. From Wikipedia: The Device Manager is a command-line device manager tool included with Windows operating systems. It enables users to view information about and control devices on a computer. In Windows 8, the Device Manager is integrated within the Control Panel; in previous versions of Windows, it can be accessed by launching the Start menu, and then pressing the View Devices and Printers button in the bottom-left corner. From PC World: In Windows 7 and earlier, Device Manager was part of the Control Panel. In Windows Vista, it was available as a separate tool under the System control panel. In Windows 8, it is integrated into the Control Panel. So, the Device Manager and the Control Panel are two entirely different things. One is going to be even on Linux. A better way of installing hardware devices is to use /etc/modules.conf instead. You can create and edit that file with your favorite text editor. See this article. From the article: The modules configuration file (/etc/modules.conf) is a configuration file used to prevent automatic loading of certain modules at boot time. By listing out the various kernel modules that you want loaded when the system starts up, the kernel itself does not attempt to load them automatically. In your case, you would create /etc/modules.conf and put this in it. 3d9ccd7d82