Updating my video driver
While you should keep an eye on any security updates that pop up, different driver versions can introduce stability problems, so if your hardware is working as expected, you're better off updating, since you never know when it might cause problems.You'll rarely get big speed or feature boosts from a driver update, so unless you see in the release notes that there's something big, you're usually okay to just ignore it.
Will I notice any improvements in speed or features if I have the latest versions?
Sincerely, Disorganized Drivers Dear Disorganized, Drivers can be pretty confusing, and while we've talked about them a bit before, there are a few things everyone should know about how to manage their drivers and when to update them. Before you go obsessing about up-to-date drivers, you should note that, while we always recommend you keep your software updated for security and stability, drivers are another matter.
In this case, one of the first troubleshooting steps you should take is to update the driver, since these issues may be fixed in a new update. Unlike other drivers, video drivers are updated often and usually with big performance increases, especially in new games.
Heck, a recent Nvidia update increased Skyrim performance by 45%, and the driver after that increased its performance by another 20%. So, when you see that your video card has a new driver available, see what improvements the driver offers—if it offers system-wide performance improvements or improvements in a game you're currently playing, you'll definitely want to update. So you need to install or update a driver, but you often have a few choices in where you get it from.
When you first plug in a device, Windows will often install its own generic version of the driver itself, and your device will get basic functionality right away.
For some things this is fine, but oftentimes you'll find that downloading the driver from the manufacturer's web site gives you lots of extra features.
Say your ethernet connection drops occasionally, or your printer isn't printing properly.Sound drivers may give you things like virtual surround or room correction, while video drivers will usually give you a whole control panel of options that let you customize your graphics performance, features like Nvidia's Phys X, and more.In general, there are three different places you'll find drivers, and here's how they differ: When it comes time to update, the process is very simple. If you're updating through Windows, click "Update Driver" to update it.Just open up Device Manager (by clicking on the Start orb and typing "device manager" into the search box) and right-clicking on the hardware you want to update. If not, check the driver's version number and head to the manufacturer's web site.Dear Lifehacker, I recently updated my video drivers and discovered that a lot of my other drivers were out of date.Do I really need to keep them updated all the time?