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Old Computer Drivers

Updated on January 14, 2009

Make Sure Drivers Are Up To Date

Old Computer Drivers

To get the best out of your Windows-compatible PCs, you need to make sure that the drivers for all of the components in your PC are up to date. Having outdated drivers on your computer can cause strange behavior with applications, operating system, and hardware.

What In The World Are Device Drivers Anyway?

Device drivers tell your operating system how to communicate with different devices attached to it. They are what tell the system which commands can be executed to tell a device how to operate for the required functions.

Sometimes, they are limited until a later date when updates are released for the particular hardware. Thus why they need to be updated frequently.

How Can You Tell If Your Drivers Are Outdated?

It can be a daunting task of comparing your current drivers via properties in the device manager against the latest drivers by the manufacturers. It's difficult most of the time to even find them.

If you've ever searched on Google, Yahoo or MSN for drivers, you know it's like trying to find a needle in a hay stack 8 out of 10 times. How can there be 100,000 results for each of the drivers I need?! Then, you download 15 drivers before you find one that actually works!

How To Update Drivers

When it comes down to it, there are only 2 ways to update your drivers. One is a real pain,and very time consuming but definitely possible. The other, makes life simple and easy and takes a few minutes.

I'm talking about "Manually Updating Drivers" vs. "Automatic Updating Drivers". One way will make you pull your hair out, the other will have it done in a few minutes with a couple clicks :)

Did You Say Automatic Driver Updates?

Yes, there are utilities available that will scan your system, find out what drivers are out of date, then search through it's database of thousands of drivers to find the latest one your equipment requires to function properly. You can search for driver update utilities, or you can try the one I suggest at the bottom of this article which I've personally found to be the best.



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      pcdriverupdate 9 years ago from VA

      i agree with cspence. So many problems can be resolved and even avoided with proper pc maintainance which include regular driver updates.

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      cspence 9 years ago

      Half the people that complain to us about problems with their computers have drivers dating back to when they installed the machine. Many times just updating them can resolve a lot of their issues.