Updating windows device drivers

10-Feb-2017 18:35

A driver update isn't always a fix-it task, either.

An updated driver might enable new features for the hardware, something I see on a regular basis with popular video cards and sound cards.

You might need to update drivers in Windows when a new piece of hardware you've installed doesn't work automatically or maybe after upgrading to a new version of Windows.

Updating drivers is also a great troubleshooting step when the device is having some kind of problem or is generating an error, like a Device Manager error code.

Driver updater tools do just what you're probably thinking - they help you update some or all of the device drivers installed in Windows for your computer's hardware.

These free driver updater programs make it easy to keep your drivers updated.

For example, if you have a laptop, all the drivers for your laptop’s hardware will be available on the manufacturer’s website — find the downloads page for your specific product model.

If you build your own desktop PC, you’ll find hardware drivers for each component on each manufacturer’s website.

The latest versions of these drivers are also available or download from the manufacturer’s website.

However, since updates were mandatory it caused a lot of disruption/issues when the universal drivers got installed and replaced better performing drivers the user had manually installed on their system.

Well it turns out you can actually disable the downloading of these universal drivers in Windows 10 and avoid this issue all together plus it is very easy to do. Option #2 continues to download and install the best driver software from Windows Update.

Tip: Updating drivers yourself is not difficult, but there are programs that will more or less do it for you.

See my List of Free Driver Updater Tools for reviews of the best ones out there.

The latest versions of these drivers are also available or download from the manufacturer’s website.

However, since updates were mandatory it caused a lot of disruption/issues when the universal drivers got installed and replaced better performing drivers the user had manually installed on their system.

Well it turns out you can actually disable the downloading of these universal drivers in Windows 10 and avoid this issue all together plus it is very easy to do. Option #2 continues to download and install the best driver software from Windows Update.

Tip: Updating drivers yourself is not difficult, but there are programs that will more or less do it for you.

See my List of Free Driver Updater Tools for reviews of the best ones out there.

It's compatible with all versions of Windows and makes updating drivers simple.