The best way to fix your PC to run at peak performance is to update your drivers. If your system is slow, unresponsive or crashes often, the problem may be with your drivers. Sometimes, after upgrading to a newer operating system such as Windows 10, problems can occur because your current driver may only work with an older version of Windows. To download and update your drivers, follow the instructions below.
Tech Tip: Updating drivers manually requires some computer skills and patience. A faster and easier option is to use the Driver Update Utility for ESS to scan your system for free. The utility tells you which specific drivers are out-of-date for all of your devices.
To get the latest driver, including Windows 10 drivers, you can choose from a list of most popular ESS downloads. Click the download button next to the matching model name. After you complete your download, move on to Step 2.
If your driver is not listed and you know the model name or number of your ESS device, you can use it to search our driver archive for your ESS device model. Simply type the model name and/or number into the search box and click the Search button. You may see different versions in the results. Choose the best match for your PC and operating system.
If you don’t know the model name or number, you can start to narrow your search down by choosing which category of ESS device you have (such as Printer, Scanner, Video, Network, etc.). Start by selecting the correct category from our list of ESS Device Drivers by Category.
Need more help finding the right driver? You can request a driver and we will find it for you. We employ a team from around the world. They add hundreds of new drivers to our site every day.
Tech Tip: If you are having trouble deciding which is the right driver, try the Driver Update Utility for ESS. It is a software utility that will find the right driver for you - automatically.
After you download your new driver, then you have to install it. To install a driver in Windows, you will need to use a built-in utility called Device Manager. It allows you to see all of the devices recognized by your system, and the drivers associated with them.
In Windows 10 & Windows 8.1, right-click the Start menu and select Device Manager
In Windows 8, swipe up from the bottom, or right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose "All Apps" -> swipe or scroll right and choose "Control Panel" (under Windows System section) -> Hardware and Sound -> Device Manager
In Windows 7, click Start -> Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Device Manager
In Windows Vista, click Start -> Control Panel -> System and Maintenance -> Device Manager
In Windows XP, click Start -> Control Panel -> Performance and Maintenance -> System -> Hardware tab -> Device Manager button
Locate the device and model that is having the issue and double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.
Select the Driver tab.
Click the Update Driver button and follow the instructions.
In most cases, you will need to reboot your computer in order for the driver update to take effect.
Tech Tip: Driver downloads and updates come in a variety of file formats with different file extensions. For example, you may have downloaded an EXE, INF, ZIP, or SYS file. Each file type has a slighty different installation procedure to follow.
If you are having trouble installing your driver, you should use the Driver Update Utility for ESS. It is a software utility that automatically finds, downloads and installs the right driver for your system. You can even backup your drivers before making any changes, and revert back in case there were any problems.
Try it now to safely update all of your drivers in just a few clicks. Once you download and run the utility, it will scan for out-of-date or missing drivers:
When the scan is complete, the driver update utility will display a results page showing which drivers are missing or out-of-date. You can update individual drivers, or all of the necessary drivers with one click.
For more help, visit our Driver Support Page for step-by-step videos on how to install drivers for every file type.
|ESS Driver Update Utility||DriverFinderInstall.exe||269 KB||161,750||Free Download >>|
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|ESS Maestro2 PCI AudioDrive (WDM) Driver||es1968_xp_vist... ver.zip||270.6 KB||5,831||Free Download >>|
|Riptide PCI Audio Legacy Resources Driver||HP_4450_Factor... n98.zip||9.1 MB||17,062||Free Download >>|
|ES1869 Plug and Play AudioDrive Driver||ES1869Fxp.zip||660.4 KB||11,243||Free Download >>|
|ES1938S Driver||ess1938.exe||851.5 KB||2,028||Free Download >>|
|ESS Allegro-1 Device Manager Driver||Ess1989s.zip||6.1 MB||15,882||Free Download >>|
|ES1978 Maestro-2E Driver||M2E_XP2080_sign584363.zip||2.2 MB||3,830||Free Download >>|
|ES1938/ES1946 (ES1969) Driver||ES1938_1946_XP... 162.zip||54.2 KB||1,593||Free Download >>|
|ES1688 AudioDrive Driver||1688_v1087.zip||652.7 KB||2,076||Free Download >>|
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|ES1868 Driver||215A.zip||327.3 KB||745||Free Download >>|
|ESS Allegro MPU-401 Compatible (WDM) Driver||allegro_1_xp.zip||290.1 KB||11,574||Free Download >>|
|ESS ES1946_1938 PCI AudioDrive (WDM) Driver||ES1938_1946_XP... 162.zip||54.2 KB||38,847||Free Download >>|
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|ESS ES488 AudioDrive Driver||ES1688_Driver_... ed_.zip||621.4 KB||1,550||Free Download >>|
|ESS Maestro2E Sound Blaster Compatible (WDM) Driver||M2E_SE2046_sign_31156.ZIP||2.0 MB||238||Free Download >>|
|ess1938 Driver||essolo-1.exe||1.4 MB||1,983||Free Download >>|
|ES1869 Plug and Play AudioDrive Driver||18691317.zip||88.4 KB||2,104||Free Download >>|
|ESFM Driver Driver||n/a||Esfm.drv||21.0 KB||196||Free Download >>|
|ES1868 Plug and Play AudioDrive Driver||1868w95.zip||72.4 KB||665||Free Download >>|
|ES1869 Plug and Play AudioDrive Driver||18691317.zip||88.4 KB||6,492||Free Download >>|
|Terratec Ess1938 Pci Driver||Oemsetup.inf||20.8 KB||182||Free Download >>|
|ES1968 Driver||ES1968PCI.arj||8.5 MB||515||Free Download >>|
|ESS SOLO-1 PCI AudioDrive Driver||esssolo.exe||224.4 KB||3,491||Free Download >>|
|ESS ES56CVH-PI Data Fax Modem Driver||m2em_98se_048.zip||1.9 MB||1,501||Free Download >>|
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|ESS Allegro PCI Audio (WDM) Driver||ESS_Allegro_PC... ver.zip||2.8 MB||89,134||Free Download >>|
|ESS 1969 PCI AudioDrive (WDM) Driver||ESS_1969_PCI_A... ver.zip||4.8 MB||58,666||Free Download >>|
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