Updating Drivers in Windows® 7
Get to know more about how to update drivers installed in Windows 7
Windows 7 is the latest operating system from Microsoft. Windows 7 has become very successful in a very short time. This OS became so popular because of its user friendly interface and advanced features like two-way firewall. All computers require drivers. Drivers are the communication link between the hardware and the operating system and without drivers, the hardware would not be able to understand the requirements of the operating system and vice versa. Different operating systems have different requirements and the Windows 7 OS installed on your computer would require specific Windows 7 drivers for all the hardware to function properly. Drivers installed on your computer operating on Windows 7 must be always updated. Updation ensures that the drivers are communicating better with the OS which would result in better performance from the system, better utilization of the hardware and also reduces the number of driver related errors.
The following mentions ways to ensure safe updating on Windows 7 drivers:
- Genuine Website
- Run Antivirus Tool
- Backup Working Drivers
When updating Windows 7 drivers installed on the system, users must always make sure that the updated drivers are being downloaded from the genuine website of the hardware manufacturer. Third party drivers that claim better performance must be never installed and used on the system as such drivers might have malware in them which would get installed along with the drivers and cause damage to the system.
Run Antivirus Tool
Before starting with the updation of Windows 7 drivers on the system, users are advised to run the antivirus program installed on the system. This should be always done so that even if there are any malware within the system, they can be traced out and removed. Presence of even small malware at the time of updation of drivers can cause problems as the drivers would get corrupted.
All Windows 7 users updating the drivers installed on their systems are recommended to backup the working drivers within the system. This should be always done as a precautionary measure so that even if some issues such as driver conflicts or corruption of drivers come up after the installation of the updated drivers, system can be rolled back with the help of backed up drivers. Users can make use of separate software such as Driver genius to create backup of drivers and also create a restore point using the System Restore tool.
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