Updating hardware drivers

23-Mar-2016 22:26

If you do want to update your drivers, skip the driver-updating utilities. Assuming you’re using Windows 10, Windows Update will automatically download and install the latest drivers for you.

Windows 7 and 8 provided driver updates via Windows Update, too, but Microsoft is being much more aggressive about this in Windows 10. Even if you install your own hardware drivers, Windows will automatically overwrite them when a new version is available.

If you lost the driver CD, your hardware will cease to work properly.

When such situation arises, driver backup software will come in handy.

While we can't stop the update process from happening for the majority of updates, what we can do is stop it from updating drivers to versions that deviate from those that are working, stable and preferred by YOU to be there. Start by right clicking the start menu button and selecting Control panel, or navigate to control panel however you normally would do so.

You can get to the Control Panel quickly, by calling up the run box with the Win R shortcut and then typing "control" and hitting Enter. Once the System properties window opens, click on "Advanced system settings" on the left side of the window. Windows 10 should no longer "automatically" update your driver settings.

While I happen to disagree with this policy, many think it's a good idea.

Also, in some OEM computers, the device drivers are custom made and are not available anywhere on the Web.

In case you are not the geek in your house, the hardware driver is the software that provides detailed instructions to the OS on how the hardware should work.