How do i know if my drivers need updating

It seems like a day doesn't go by where our computer isn't politely urging us to please install an update for something or other.While most of these allow us to explore new features in our music library or help software run with more security, there's also the need to update so your computer can run what you want, period.In a computer, a driver is a piece of software that tells hardware how to run on a certain operating system.That means your PC card, DVD drive, video card and other hardware all use drivers to make their operations work.While there are some drivers that Windows doesn't automatically update, they're by and large covered.But how do you know when you need to update your drivers?According to programmer and writer Leo Notenboom, there's no reason to update for the sake of updating.

In general, you don't need to fuss about whether or not to update your drivers.I’ll touch a little on what they are, and then my philosophy about when and how to update them. Drivers translate Window’s generic instructions into the specific commands that make the hardware do what it does.Each piece of hardware attached to your system requires a driver for this translation.When it comes to device drivers, I’m a firm believer in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.That means I don’t go updating drivers just for the sake of updating drivers. This is contrary to my approach to all the other software on a machine, which is to keep it as up-to-date as possible. The catch, of course, is that it’s not always obvious that a driver might needs updating – or, to continue the metaphor, that something is indeed broken and in need of fixing.

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