What Are Drivers?
Your computer is made up of many devices. Most of these devices are internal, such as sound cards, video cards, ethernet adapters and a range of components onboard the motherboard. There are also peripheral devices which are external from the system, such as printers, scanners and web cams. For our computers to be able to function properly each of these devices require the proper device driver.
Your computer has no way of knowing how to communicate with the devices attached to it. A device driver acts as a translator between a device and the applications and operating systems that use it. Each device requires it’s own specialized commands to function. Your applications will send generic commands to your devices and the device driver will convert them into the specialized commands required by the device.
Why Update Drivers?
Computer software is constantly being updated. Antivirus programs update daily to protect our computers. Microsoft releases regular updates and service packs for it’s Windows operating systems. Just as software is updated regularly, so should our drivers be. New drivers may provide additional functionality and compatibility with new applications or they may just fix a problem that was found in the older driver release. An outdated driver can cause problems ranging from lock-ups, incompatibility or even total system failure. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of an important task when your computer locks up, causing you to lose valuable data.
Automatic Driver Updates
In the past the only way to keep drivers up to date was to have a knowledge of each of your devices. You needed to know the manufacturer and the model and visit each of those manufacturers web sites to download new driver releases. This took a lot of time and was often very frustrating when you could not locate the driver you were looking for.
Hunting down drivers is now a thing of the past. A handy tool called Driver Helper automates the process in a few simple clicks. With access to a massive database of over 2 million drivers, Driver Helper will scan your system to identify each device and then it will locate and download the most current drivers for each device. What used to take hours can now be accomplished in minutes, allowing your precious time to be put to better use.