How to add a Legacy Hardware Device in Windows 8

Description: This article will show you how to add a legacy hardware device in Windows 8.

  1. First, open the Device Manager by holding down the Windows key on your keyboard and pressing the X key. In the menu that appears in the lower left corner, click Device Manager.
    Windows 8 Simple Start Menu, Device Manager
  2. Click on the Action menu at the top of the window, and then click Add Legacy Hardware.
    Windows 8 Device Manager, Add Hardware
  3. When the wizard appears, click Next.
    Windows 8 Add Hardware Wizard
  4. In most cases, choosing the option to Search for and install the hardware automatically is the best choice. Select this option and click Next. If this option fails, choose the option to Install the hardware that I manually select from a list, click Next and follow the instructions.
    Add Hardware Wizard, Search