Drivers are significant to a well-functioning computer, yet they are often overlooked – or even ignored – potentially shortening the overall life of the machine.

Over the years, Microsoft has seemed to torture us at times with their continuous, dreaded updates. Things never worked quite the same after these updates and much time was spent searching for how to do the easy tasks performed prior to the update. In their defense, these updates are legitimately needed because drivers are what allow for effective communication between the personal computer and other machines or devices. Changes that come in the form of updates are to address added compatibility, correct errors with the current settings, or sometimes both.

For instance, if you wanted to check the current drivers on particular devices of in Microsoft Windows, you can go to the Device Manager located in the Control Panel. Within this section, you can go to specific devices on the machine and have the ability to view your current device drivers. This can be particularly important if you need to roll them back to a previous point or update them with newer drivers. Typically, these driver updates are included, with regular Microsoft Windows updates, but may need to be updated through the manufacturer of the device. By doing this, the user can ensure compatibility and functionality of devices and components.

Sometimes knowing the current driver version is needed to determine whether or not an update is required. A majority of devices will come with an “Automatic Update” function that will allow the device to check for any available updates and errors that may be occurring with the device. Users also have the freedom to schedule a specific time or times to check for updates if the option of checking manually is unappealing to the end user. Doing so can save time, save memory, and increase processing speeds by keeping your drivers up to date and working correctly.