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Driver Updater

September 8th, 2012 791 views |Write a Comment

Driver Updater: You must be wondering whenever a techie says update your drivers. What is this driver now? Lets have a tour with the drivers!

What Are Drivers?

Drivers are computer programs that allow the Windows and other applications interact with a hardware device. The computer is unaware of how to use all the features of a video card it needs a driver to do so. Just like computer programs have updates and service packs to fix bugs and add features, drivers also have them as well.

When Should We Use Update Your Drivers?

In case you have got a problem with a device, you should think about upgrading the drivers. If you are upgrading from one version of a driver to another, chances are good that the only things included in those updates are bug fixes for specific scenarios, and may be some minor performance increases. There are more chances of breaking something than anything else, so if everything on your PC is working just fine, you can skip the driver updates for the most part.

In case you are trying to increase every tiny bit of performance out of your system, you should make sure that your video card drivers are updated using the manufacturer’s drivers, if you probably want to upgrade your chipset, networking, and sound card drivers as well. Switching from the built-in Windows drivers for your video card to the official NVidia or ATI/AMD drivers will make a lot of difference, and keeping them updated can yield huge increase in speed.

In case, you have got an AMD/ATI or NVidia video card, and you are using the built-in Windows drivers, its advisable to switch drivers. Otherwise, you can just skip the process entirely.

Which Are The Drivers You Should Update?

When you purchase a new PC, reload Windows on an old PC, or build a new PC, to make sure that you are using the correct drivers. It is not mandatory that you will need to keep the drivers updated to the very latest version all the time. It’s just that you don’t have to be using some generic driver when you could be using a real driver itself. For instance: video card drivers included in Windows rarely include all the features of the drivers you can download from NVidia or AMD/ATI, and they definitely don’t include the same speed enhancements.

Be cautious in picking a update software, when you can manually pick it.

Off the Shelf PC

If you are running an off-the-shelf PC or laptop and haven’t reloaded Windows manually, chances are that most of your drivers are already using the manufacturer’s approved drivers. These include the chipset, motherboard, sound card, and so on. There’s also a chance that you have some onboard generic video card. The best thing you can do is just upgrade your video card drivers by heading to the manufacturer’s site.

Updating Your Drivers

In case you are having a problem with a particular device, you can quickly upgrade to a newer version by opening the Device Manager, right-click on the device, and choose Update Driver Software.

This will pop up a wizard that lets you to search Windows Update or for the latest drivers or you can manually install the drivers by using the Browse option. If you let Windows automatically update, it will install right away and ask you to reboot the system. If it doesn’t fix your problem, you can always roll back the driver.

 

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