You’ve probably lamented how your computer seems to be outdated from the moment you take it out of the box. Unfortunately, you’re probably right! Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid getting too far behind.
I have a love/hate relationship with Windows Update. I’d be the first to admit that it’s annoying, distracting, irritating, frustrating, and more, yet you shouldn’t try to live without it. Windows Updates improve your system security, features, and more. Considering that Windows is the one program you’re always using, it seems like a good idea to keep it as fine tuned as possible!
While your computer may have come from Dell, HP, Asus, or other PC manufacturers, all the inside parts them have come from somewhere else. Your audio may have come from Realtek, your Ethernet from Intel, your video probably comes from ATI or nVidia, then there’s your hard drive, your mouse and keyboard, your optical drive, and more! Every piece of hardware has is own driver (a driver is software that tells your computer how to use a piece of hardware) and these drivers are often updated by the manufacturer either to deal with new technologies or to apply fixes that are causing them to work incorrectly.
Out-of-date drivers can sometimes be the cause of PC suckiness. Fortunately, driver updates aren’t nearly as difficult as they sound, here’s the easiest way to do it:
- Click “Start” button
- Click “Control Panel”
- Click “Device Manager”
- Click on the device who’s driver you wish to update
- Click the “Driver” tab
- Click “Update Driver”
- Click “Search automatically for updated drive software”
- Go make a sandwich
Windows XP operating systems and above are typically pretty capable of finding device drivers on their own. If a specific driver can’t be found by Device Manager then you’ll have to have a chat with Google; Google usually knows what’s up.
Note that this isn’t something that needs doing daily; driver updates don’t happen super often and they aren’t always needed. If your computer’s working fine, a driver update won’t make it faster or better, however if you begin to notice a problem or an incompatibility issue pops up, a driver update may fix it.