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Do I Need Drivers?

Updated on June 21, 2010

Knowing When To Update Drivers

Our computers are composed of many devices, each having an accompanying driver to function.  In simple terms, a driver is basically software that translates messages from the hardware in your computer for use in the operating system and other applications. Without proper drivers, you computer will not function properly if at all.

To most of us all of this is all transparent; as long as our computer works we don’t care how or why.  But there comes a time when things stop working properly and we want a solution.  One common cause of degraded system performance and/or functionality is the need for one or more driver updates. If your computer seems slower, receives error messages or fails to function properly in one or more software applications, you should check for updated drivers.

Finding and Updating Drivers

Updating drivers, for the most part, is a simple process.  The problem is finding the right drivers.  Ideally, you need to know the manufacturer and model of each device you want to update the drivers for.  Once you know this information, you can try visiting the manufacturer website and check for a driver section.

So you found the manufacturer website but you can’t find the drivers?  This is not uncommon.  The sad fact is that the manufacturer does not want it to be easy to locate drivers.  They would rather you buy a new device than keep using the old one.  That is not very profitable and as we all know, new hardware can be quite expensive.

Thankfully, there is a better option.  Powerful software has been created to automate the driver update process.

Automatic Driver Updates

Tired of searching endlessly for drivers? Don’t want to run the risk of downloading infected driver files from dubious websites? I don’t blame you. I’ve been working on computers for many years so I know firsthand the time and frustration that comes with updating drivers. That is why I now use and recommend Driver Detective.

This ingenious tool will quickly scan your computer to identify your hardware devices. It will then match your hardware to the proper drivers in its database. Next, updating the drivers is as simple as a few mouse clicks.

If your computer is acting up and your time is important to you, try a free scan to see the power of Driver Detective for yourself.


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