Driver Updates in Windows® 7
Get to know more about the benefits of updating drivers in Windows 7.
Drivers are software programs that translate and simplify communications between hardware and Windows 7 Operating System (OS). Windows 7 drivers are applications developed specifically for the Windows OS and some default drivers usually come bundled with the Windows installer and would be copied over to the computer after the installation. These drivers might be utilized to use the installed hardware, but might not be enough to be enable all of its functions and features. The Windows 7 drivers are used to ensure that the integral hardware components are usable and would allow you to navigate the system to make the necessary changes to complete the installation process. Hardware that is compatible with default Windows 7 drivers includes Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Network adapters, USB and DVD/CD ROM. Every time when you install a new software or hardware device, you need a driver update program to keep your computer run efficiently. The updates could be downloaded from the Internet which would make sure that there are no incompatibilty issues.
The following are some of the needs and tips to update drivers in Windows 7 system:
- Needs and benefits of updating drivers
- Updating from a trusted website
- Read instructions
Needs and benefits of updating drivers
The device driver contains all the inportant details and instructions on how device would work with other parts of the computer. Thus driver is a link that connects computer parts together. Each and everyday the computer features are constantly being improved and updated. As you install a new software or device on to your computer, you need a driver update program. The driver update program would keep your drivers current. For example when you upgrade your OS, you need driver update, since drivers are OS specific. That means device drivers works in one OS might not work in other OS because of compatibily issue. Driver update is also required when the corresponding hardware part is not working. Updating drivers for devices sometimes adds some features to the existing device.
Updating from a trusted website
After an OS upgrade, you need to update the drivers which are compatible for both hardware and OS. Always try to update the latest driver from the hardware manufacturer’s website. The manufacturer’s website provides the most current version of driver update program. But there are several other sites that provide driver update software. While downloading update, you should download the update from a trusted website like Microsoft. Microsoft offers an extensive Windows based list of device drivers available for download from the web and these drivers are sorted according to the version of the OS used, manufacturer of the device, compatible version with the computer, and so on.
Before you go ahead and install any of the driver update for your Windows 7 OS, it is crucial that you read all the instructions that are provided on the manufacturer site. Sometimes you make the mistake of not going through all the instructions in detail and later regretting because you downloaded an outdated, incorrect or incompatible driver update onto your computer’s opearting system.
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