Computer drivers play the important role of making sure that the hardware components that are installed on your computer can communicate with its Operation System. Unfortunately, errors sometimes occur, that are caused by a wide variety of factors. Knowing how to identify and resolve them can be the difference between a complete halt in your work and a brief interruption that is soon taken care of.

How Do You Know If You Have Driver Problems

Problems with a PC’s drivers are, most of the time, easy to identify. As mentioned early, drivers are the means through which a computer’s hardware components talks to the Operation System. Driver Errors usually manifest themselves as device failures. You may notice, as an example, your keyboard, mouse or printer, suddenly, not working properly. Hardware devices may even stop working altogether.

How to Solve Driver Errors

The first thing that you need to do to prevent and solve driver errors is to make sure that all the drivers that are installed on your computer are up to date. We recommend that you use SafeBytes DriverAssist to do this. DriverAssist is a lightweight device driver manager, which comes with Driver Intelligence, a set of algorithms that have been specifically designed to scan, review, download and update all the drivers that are on your computer. Driver Assist is the only sure way through which you can have peace of mind, knowing that your computer is being taken care of.

Identify the Problem

Aside from using SafeBytes’ DriverAssist, you can also manually take steps to resolves issues with your computer’s drivers. The first of these involves the identification of the problem. Before proceeding, you need to be sure that the issues that you are having with your computer are being caused by Driver Errors. You can easily do this by opening Device Manager.

There are many ways of doing this, including by right clicking on the “This PC” icon on your desktop, clicking on “Properties” and clicking on “Device Manager” in the System window that opens. Device Manager lists all the hardware components that are on your computer. In Device Manager, any issues with your drivers can easily be identified by the yellow icon that is usually attached to the problematic driver.

How to Resolve Driver Errors

There are many ways through which driver errors can be resolved;

Manually Update the Drivers

You can usually resolve errors with your drivers by right clicking on the driver that has a yellow icon and clicking on “Update Driver Software.” Choose to carry out the update either from the internet, or from a place on your computer onto which you have already downloaded the drivers.

Reinstall the Driver

If the above step fails, another way of resolving driver issues is by simply right clicking on the problematic driver and clicking “Uninstall.” This will delete the driver from the computer. All that you must do to have it reinstalled is restart your computer (for default drivers).  For Plug and Play components, all that you need to do to reinstall the drivers is plug the devices into your PC.