Let’s face it. In this world where technology reigns supreme, almost everybody acts like their very lives depend on computers. And why not? From a simple homework to complicated business plans, computers are tried and tested to make life simpler. So what happens if your most trusted ally suddenly goes haywire for some unknown reasons?
Funnily enough, most try to rationalize out loud with their computers as though it actually cares if you’ll be able to meet a certain deadline or not. This is exceedingly common with IT technicians and those involved in architecture. It is actually common to see people screaming at their computers for failing them at the most inconvenient times as if it will start running perfectly out of fear of retribution. While some would pound their computers into oblivion, the rest just gives up and hands over their machine to a computer ‘expert’ hoping against all hope that their precious files can still be recovered. But as the old adage stated “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” – most of the time, all one has to do is regularly update their Windows Drivers.
A Windows Driver is basically a type of software that helps an Operating System interface with a hardware (e.g. Printer, keyboards, monitor, etc.). Drivers are usually included and/or installed along with your hardware acquisition. Communication failure between a particular software and its hardware is usually brought upon by issues with the Windows Driver. Thus, updating your drivers is necessary if you want your computer to be in its top form and don’t want your work to be plagued with confusing computer error codes, or worse, suddenly see the blue-screen of death. It is one of the main reasons why most computer experts would probably recommend that you update your Windows Driver as a first-step in troubleshooting and will definitely correct most of the simplest error codes.
As mentioned earlier, updating your drivers is more of a prevention rather than cure, so it is essential that you know when exactly is the right time to do it. This includes
(1) Switching/upgrading your Operating System,
(2) New software features is being offered by the manufacturer and is available through updates,
(3) Fix bugs and glitches in the software, and
(4) Windows Update notifies you.
While several computer amateurs may dissuade you in updating your drivers because of its perceived nuisances, remember that those updates are there for a reason and that is to help your computer run as smooth as possible.
Most software companies offer a driver update at least once a year so it is vital that you check regularly if there are any updates available for download. With the continuous progress and advancements in computer technology, it is no surprise that both software and hardware errors are quite common; an update officially serves as a straightforward solution to a potential big problem.
Computers can serve as your best friend or your worst enemy depending on the situation. A combination of common sense and a basic understanding of computers is the key to a better man-machine relationship.