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Manual and Automatic Device Driver Updating

June 16th, 2011 No comments

Getting a new piece of computer hardware can be one of the most exciting things we can experience in the modern age. It might be a snazzy new printer you’ve picked out to showcase your creative skills, or maybe it’s a brand new video card that will let you play the latest games at the highest graphical detail and frame rates possible. However, more often than not, our expectations hit a brick wall when it actually comes time to install your device and getting it working properly.

A Software Problem

These days, when hardware refuses to work, the weak link isn’t so much the components but rather the software that drives them, which are called drivers. Almost every new piece of computer hardware ships with an install CD of some kind, usually containing the required drivers plus maybe some bundled application or two as a bonus. Back then, it was a simple, straightforward task to simply install what was on the CD and then simply have your device work the first time you tried it.

These days however, the devices have become so much more complex, and so has the software required to run it properly. These more complex drivers are more prone to be buggy, especially during initial release, which means that at one point in any device’s life, you will have to update your hardware’s drivers.

Updated is Better

Most manufacturers will usually release several driver upgrades throughout the life of a product. These updates gradually get rid of all the bugs, add extra features, or might even improve device functionality beyond its original specifications. Surprisingly, few people know about such updates when they become available, leaving many stuck with hardware that either doesn’t work or is severely hampered in functionality.

How to Update Your Drivers

You can update your Windows drivers in two ways: manually or automatically. The process of manually updating your drivers entails that you first identify exactly what model of device you own. Go to the manufacturer’s website, and then locate their downloads or support page. Look for the section which lists the drivers for the specific model of the device that you have. Download the driver version that suits both your device and your operating system. Take note whether or not you’re running a 32-bit or 64-bit OS. Install the driver, and you should be a simple system restart away from getting your device up and running.

Automatic updates, by their definition, are faster and require less work. A program detects whether or not your device driver is compatible or out of date, and then searches the internet on its own, selects the right driver, downloads it, and in some cases, even installs it for you. While most people are quick to opt for the automatic solution, the manual method does allow you more control when it comes to what you install on your PC, and might be the preferred method of more advanced computer users.

Whatever method you choose, you can pick up all the latest device drivers from this website, which lists drivers for all types of devices, saving you the trouble of a prolonged online search. Click here to use a Driver Scan Tool that will make it fast and easy for you to update all your drivers.