Perhaps that’s the wrong question. The more appropriate question would be, would the presence of drivers in your computer slow down or speed up your CPU (central processing unit)?

If you want your computer to work faster, there are of course certain steps you can take: upgrade to a faster system (like going from dual core to quad core), remove unnecessary files, improve your browser, and uninstall software programs you don’t use.

As for drivers specifically, the rule of thumb is: if there are drivers you previously installed for devices that you no longer use, removing those drivers is one way to speed up your computer. That’s because leaving unused drivers in your system means that your computer has to read them and call on them even when you don’t use the devices anymore. Leaving unused device drivers is a waste of your system’s resources.

Now, as far as drivers speeding up your computer, having the right drivers will make your different pieces of hardware work more efficiently. When you buy any piece of hardware, the right driver for that hardware will certainly make it function without major hitches, thus facilitating your work. Having the wrong driver will slow you down.

Many geeks agree that one way to speed up computer performance is to constantly check for updated drivers. If you purchased a computer from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), all you need to do is visit that OEM’s web site and look for updated drivers.

If you don’t like checking regularly for driver updates yourself, there are products for sale that will do this task automatically. Many claim that theirs is the best product in the market. Be careful when choosing. Make sure they are reliable and that their product has a full written manual and has been tried and tested by people. The testimonials are a good indication, but note that testimonials can be created on the fly.
Find out if the product will check software and then download program updates, and that it will patch up your computer with the latest software fixes including security patches and product improvements.