The driver bloat is not a strange disease, but a common occurrence for those that have been using Windows 10 extensively and for a long time without doing a proper clean out. Ideally, the drivers that are not used or the ones that are obsolete should be removed in order to stop them from clogging up the system. Even, in cases where the user is not proactive in terms of removing old drives, the Windows system has an in-built mechanism for during updates for at least 12 times in a year. This will sometimes remove the old drivers or at other times it will simply add on the new required driver, so that the system is left handling an overload of drivers.
Ensuring that the system is only coping with what is necessary
The Intel Driver Update is one of the popular tools that users are turning to in order to ensure that their systems are not clogged down by unwanted or unused drivers. Alternatively, you can use the GeForce Experience, which is part of the Nvidia family and is known to check for 3D drivers, graphics and sound attachments. There some outright driver management tools, which achieve the same effect, but in a much more direct way. They include the DriverAgent from eSupport and Slimware Utilities. They are able to regularly check and update drivers, which are found on Windows PCs. This can apply to Windows 7 through Windows 10.
What Nvidia and Intel offers focuses on devices they make, and on the other hand general-purpose driver update tools like those just mentioned from Slimware Utilities and eSupport verify all of them – and direct you at drivers in need of updating, with different degrees of support and help in getting them installed. The devices that are most easily recognizable are known as Plug and Play or PnP.
In this way, it becomes for Window to start the search for the right device drivers in order for them to operate. The ones that do not show themselves are a bit more complicated, because they require the user to manually seek the relevant drivers.
The Device Instance Identifier
The Device Instance Identifier or DIID is very important for informing the PnP manager that there is a new device that needs a relevant driver. This is achieved during the process of enumeration. In this case, the PnP manager will trawl the registry in order to find the corresponding functional driver. If that fails then a message is sent to the user-mode PnP, which works with the DIID in order to locate the driver appropriately. In some cases, the PnP manager will attempt to perform an automatic installation.
If the installer calls for dialog box posting, then the PnP manager will execute the Hardware Installation Wizard. This is used to oversee the different tasks. The precondition is that the user at the given time has administrative privileges in terms of access. There is a reason why this access is restricted. The information is quite sensitive and in the wrong hands, it could potentially harm the functioning of the entire computer system.