One question that many Windows users ask themselves is why is it important to regularly update PC drivers and how do you update them? The easiest way to update device drivers is by using a reliable driver update tool. Read our Driver Finder review here to know how driver maintenance tools can automatically update all your installed drivers in the span of just a few minutes.
You can also update your drivers manually, but the process is time consuming. More on this later; first, let’s understand what PC drivers do and why it is necessary to regularly update them.
Why we require device drivers
Hardware devices such as a web cam, audio card, or video card installed on your computer cannot communicate with your operating system and other installed software on their own. They require an interpreter to understand the commands issued by your operating system. Device drivers fill this communication gap and act as interpreters between your operating system and hardware devices.
Each PC driver is unique in that it is related to a specific hardware device and performs a specific function. For example, a video driver acts as an interpreter only between your operating system and video card. Its main function is to assist in the transferring of input and output of video signals between the video card and operating system.
Why is it necessary to regularly update your device drivers?
PC driver manufacturers regularly release new updates to improve the functionality of their products and make drivers more efficient, secure, and faster.
If your PC drivers are outdated, you may experience frequent performance-related issues or driver errors. Moreover, in some cases, you may not be able to even access your hardware devices. That is why it is recommended that you use only the latest device drivers.
How to update PC drivers manually
One way of updating PC drivers manually is by using the Device Manager, a built-in utility in Windows computers that allows you to install, uninstall, update, and troubleshoot driver errors.
If you use Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you may refer to the steps listed below to update your device drivers by using the Device Manager.
1. Click the Windows icon in your taskbar.
2. Click Control Panel.
3. In the Control Panel window, locate and double-click Device Manager.
4. Expand the hardware category the driver you want to update.
5. Double-click the driver that you need to update to open its properties dialog box.
6. Click the Driver tab.
7. Click the Driver Update button.
8. In the window that opens, click Search automatically for updated driver software.
Windows will now search for the latest driver on your system, as well as on the internet.
In case Windows is unable to locate the latest driver, you can use your search engine to locate it online. Always ensure that the source from where you are downloading drivers or other software programs is genuine. There are many dubious websites that push malware by disguising them as genuine programs. To be on the safe side, even if you trust the source, scan the downloaded files before installing the software.