Drivers are some of the most important software on your computer. They allow the Windows operating system to communicate with hardware devices so that they can work correctly. Most hardware devices require drivers made by their manufacturers to be installed. When there is no driver installed on your computer for a device that requires it, the device simply will not work at all. In some cases, however, Windows automatically installs some very basic generic drivers of its own, allowing you to enjoy limited functionality only from the device. There are also certain types of hardware which do not require any additional drivers to be installed, since they are natively supported by the operating system. These include things like processors, hard disks and mass storage devices. However, just about every computer running Windows still needs third-party drivers for hardware such as printers, scanners, sound cards, graphics cards and various other devices.
While the importance of drivers should not be underestimated, neither should they simply be installed and ignored. When you upgrade your computer with, for example, a new graphics card, you may be tempted to install the drivers and any optional software from the CD or DVD that came with the device. This is what most users do, but it is not recommended. These drivers tend to be out of date, and out of date drivers are notorious for causing problems. Drivers which are old tend to cause compatibility problems and other issues. For example, if your graphics card has an outdated driver, some games released after that driver may experience problems or even refuse to work at all.
Most reputable hardware manufacturers release updated drivers on a fairly regular basis. These drivers may not only overcome compatibility issues with other hardware, software and newer editions of Windows; they may also address critical security flaws, fix bugs found in previous versions of the driver and sometimes even add new features. With the latest drivers installed for all hardware devices which require them, you can ensure that you are getting the most out of your computer.
Updating drivers is not necessarily a straightforward task, however, particularly if you want (which you should) to keep all drivers updated as soon as new releases come out. For novice users, installing hardware drivers manually can sometimes be risky as well and, in worst case scenarios, you can even end up with a completely unworkable computer. It also takes a great deal of time to manually keep all drivers up to date.
Fortunately, there is a reliable solution for this situation. Smart Driver Updater is a tool which automatically scans your computer's device manager and then checks online to see if there are any driver updates available. The program supports thousands of different devices, so you are not likely to have any component in your computer which it does not recognize. Once it finds the updated drivers, it will automatically download and install them. Minimal user interaction is needed thanks to the fact that this highly user-friendly software automates just about everything. Learn more at smartpctools.com/driver_updater.