When you are assembling your PC there is additional software that you have to install. These pieces of software are known as device drivers.

Device drivers are specially designed software that provide a way for the operating systems software and hardware to communicate and interpret instructions. As you add new hardware and your drivers get out of date you will need to update your hardware.

This article will give you 5 simple steps for updating and installing your device drivers:

Step 1

Insert the manufacturer’s recovery disk into the CD-ROM drive and wait for the auto run installation menu to pop-up. If your system asks you to partition your hard disk, back up your system onto CDs, DVDs, a flash drive, or an external hard drive.

Step 2

When the installation menu appears, click on the ‘Drivers’ option. After you click, a list of all the drivers that are installed on your system, e.g. video, Ethernet Lan, sound, etc., will be displayed.

Step 3

Install the first driver on the list. For example, to install the video driver, click on the name of your video driver and follow the directions of the installation procedure. Remember to select any appropriate options.

For example, you will need to select the installation folder, or where the drive will be installed. Click ‘Next’ until you complete the installation process

Step 4

Once this process is complete, you will need to reboot your system so that your computer can make the necessary changes. After your computer reboots, your installation process will continue. Follow the same procedure above until all the remaining drivers are installed.

Step 5

OPTIONAL: Instead of following the process below, you can head to the manufacturer’s support website of the driver you are trying to install.

To do this, go to the manufacturer’s website of the particular driver you are trying to install and click on the support section. Once the new page appears, click on the driver you want and download it. The website will return a list of all the drivers supported by the manufacture. Click on the driver you want to download and save it to your disk.

Conclusion

Before you obsess over your drivers being out of date, you should know that drivers aren’t like your computer’s security. You should definitely keep an eye on any security threats, however updating your drivers too frequently can cause a slew of stability problems.

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If your hardware works, you are better off not updating your drivers because you never know when new driver versions can cause problems. Driver updates rarely give you any noticeable improvement in speed or any added features. So, unless you see in the release notes that there is a big fix in that particular update, you are better off ignoring it.

The exception to this rule are video drivers. Video drivers are updated frequently and they usually feature large increases in performance. So when you see that your video card manufacturer has a new driver update, you should download it.