In our last blog post, we focused on quick tips to boost PC speed and performance. In this article, we are going to talk about the importance of updating device drivers in order to keep your PC and all associated devices running smoothly.
Let’s start with the basics. What is a driver?
Windows requires drivers to run all devices associated with your PC, including video cards, wifi cards, printers, speakers, keyboards etc. Keeping your drivers updated helps ensure the best performance from all of your devices.
Device manufacturers are constantly updating their products drivers to fix bugs, improve the performance or patch security flaws. For this reason, if you start experiencing problems with a device it makes sense to check you’re running the best driver for that device. In fact, some of the biggest problems faced by users upgrading to Windows 10 is when their existing hardware is not compatible with their new operating system.
Checking your PC for outdated drivers
The simplest way to find out if you have outdated drivers is to run a scan with a program like Smart Driver Manager. The driver scan is free and it will immediately show you if there are outdated drivers on your system.
Smart Driver Manager has a database of 1.2 million drivers. It will scan your computer and identify outdated drivers and list the version numbers and other information for driver replacements.
Where can I download updated device drivers?
Device driver updates are often available free of charge on manufacturers website. Using the information you got from the free Smart Driver Manager scan you can go to the manufacturers’ website and look for the correct device driver.
To make it easier for you we compiled a list of popular drivers and provided their direct download links. Try searching this list for any of the device drivers that you need.
Remember to double check the driver version number and release date before installing it to make sure it is the correct match for your device.
Fastest and safest solution
Purchase Smart Driver Manager and you can download and install all driver updates that match your system. We are constantly updating our database so you can be confident that you are always installing the best driver updates for your devices.
Creating driver backups for free
If you’re upgrading your operating system or just need to reinstall Windows, Smart Driver Manager can backup all the drivers on your PC or laptop. The driver backup will be compressed into a zip file that is easy to export and reinstall. In the end, Smart Driver Manager’s backup and reinstall features can save you hours of searching for and installing individual device drivers.
Driver backup is a free feature in Smart Driver Manager. Click here to download Smart Driver Manager.
Basic computer maintenance
For other tips on basic PC maintenance check out some of our other blog posts: