Many people do not realize that one of the most critical parts of Windows XP and Vista is often the most neglected as well - it is the device driver software. These small programs make sure that everything from your keyboard to your printer works properly. Unfortunately, they often misbehave and since they interact with hardware directly they can cause serious trouble.
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Making sure you have the correct and most up-to-date drivers is the easiest way to resolve many of these problems. Device driver updates are sometimes published by Microsoft but most often come from the hardware manufacturer like Logitech, HP or Intel. Installing the correct driver for your system (which also depends on what types of devices you have attached to your PC) will ensure worry-free computer experience.
The short answer is yes! You can do it manually or automatically. To get new drivers manually you first need to figure out the exact part numbers for your hardware, including things like your Intel chipset, the type of display adapter, etc. After this you would visit the web site of each of those manufacturers (like Intel.com) and locate the correct driver download, extract and install it. Be extremely careful that you don't install the wrong driver or version for your particular PC hardware. Also, always choose WHQL Certified drivers when given a choice.
Some talented programmers frustrated with driver issues have done all the footwork for you and compiled large databases of all types of hardware that you can update with a couple of clicks of your mouse. This is the preferred way to maintain your drivers since it's not only the fastest but also the safest - wrongly installed driver can render your computer completely unusable!
Removing the automatic updater is a straight-forward process. Just follow the simple directions outlined at Installing, Using and Uninstalling Driver Updater.