Windows® Vista Driver Updates
Updating the Windows Vista drivers
Drivers are programs that control the essential tasks of communicating your instructions to a hardware device and then relaying data back to you. Computers that are running on the Windows Vista operating system already include a library of drivers, for components like sound cards, storage controllers, display adapters, etc. as well as for external add-ons such as printers, keyboards, scanners, mouse and other pointing devices, digital cameras, and removable storage devices. But you need to update the drivers for better performance of your system and other devices. Outdated drivers have compatibility problems with the devices and the operating system. Windows Vista automatically updates the device drivers installed in it and has the option to search for manual updating of the device drivers of Windows Vista.
There are certain things that you should keep in mind while upgrading the drivers of Windows Vista. They are as follows:
- Backup the files and drivers before upgrade
- Download upgraded drivers from the manufacturer’s websites
- Check for compatibility
Backup the files and drivers before upgrade
You need to back up all the existing drivers before you upgrade in to new version. Sometimes the upgraded version have some compatibility issues, you need to degrade to the older version. So you should always keep backup copies of all the Windows Vista® drivers before upgrade. Apart from this, there is always an inherent chance of data loss while upgrading the system components. Backing up your data will save you from the later worries of lost data.
Download upgraded drivers from the manufacturer’s websites
If you upgrade the device drivers from the Internet always download it from the manufacturer’s site rather than other websites that sell drivers. Most companies post drivers in the support section of their website, where you can search for drivers by product model. Once you find a driver you want to install, download it to your computer. Third-party drivers can tamper with the devices in your system and can affect the overall performance of the system.
You can check for the availability of the drivers before you buy a new hardware component or device. The Windows Vista Compatibility Center website contains a database of thousands of components and devices that work with Windows Vista, as well as compatible software. You can search the Compatibility Center website by product name, or browse many different categories of hardware and software.