Just what is a computer driver? First, it is not like a man driving a car. A computer driver is a computer program, or software, that makes other computer programs work. For instance, when you purchase a new printer to go with your computer, it will have a manufacturer’s website listed for you to go to, to download the driver to make the printer work with your computer. Windows has generic drivers that have the minimum you need to make a program work. This is great for basic programs and printers. Many programs, game programs, and so on come with their own drivers. New computers often are set up so Windows installs a generic version of a driver when you first plug them in. This gives you basic functionality immediately, but you may want drivers with extra features later.
Once you understand what drivers do, then you can decide how often to update them or install new drivers. One rule of thumb is to use caution when updating drivers. If everything is working fine, leave well enough alone. If your functions start having problems like slow downloads, the printer not working right, games slowing down, or your Ethernet connection dropping more often than you like, you may need to take action. Caution is needed in choosing driver updates because sometimes different driver versions can cause stability problems. It is important to keep drivers updated enough to ensure security and stability. When software and operating systems are updated, the affected drivers need to be updated also. Most computers have constant messages about updates being automatically installed, or updates being available. The computer user must decide which ones are needed. Remember drivers software and programs they run must be in sync with one another to work they best.