How Outdated Device Drivers Affect Performance

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Device Drivers

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Device Drivers act as a translator so your external devices can work.

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Drivers must be kept up-to-date to ensure maximum system performance.

Pose Security Issues

If drivers are not regularly updated, your computer is put at risk of attack.

What is a Device Driver?

Although nearly every computer user utilizes devices that plug into their systems on a daily basis, they may not fully understand how these endpoints impact PC performance. Each time your printer, scanner, camera, or other external device is plugged in, it needs an avenue through which it can communicate with the computer. These avenues are known as device drivers, and they are small-scale software programs that serve as “translators” between the external hardware and the PC itself. Without these drivers, outside hardware components would be unable to connect to the operating system. However, they can negatively impact PC performance if they are allowed to become out-of-date.

How do Outdated Drivers Affect PC Performance?

Outdated drivers not only impact PC performance but the overall stability of the system. As device drivers become old and obsolete, they cause a number of computer functionality symptoms, including system freezes, malfunctioning devices, video game lag —even a system crash. Compounding the issue, many users have more device drivers on their system than they realize, leading to a buildup of junk files on their hard drive. Any hardware device requires a driver: from your Wi-Fi router to your mouse and keyboard, even your video card works with one. As operating systems receive updates and upgrades, drivers need to be updated too so they can stay compatible. Drivers are also updated to correct glitches in the drivers themselves or to patch discovered security issues.

Addressing Outdated Drivers

It’s time to steer clear of computer issues that are caused by outdated device drivers. There are a handful of ways to manage device drivers out there. iolo is proud to now offer GetMyDrivers™, a driver updater tool that with just one click updates your drivers for all variety of Windows devices. Laptops, tablets, printers, bluetooth, monitors and more—with GetMyDrivers’ innovative technology, you can quickly and easily update the drivers on your system to help your PC perform at optimum speeds.
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