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Windows® Vista Drivers
What are drivers? What are the important points to know when you update Windows Vista drivers?
Drivers are computer software programs which are needed to enable optimized communication between the system CPU and its various internal and external components. This is a two-way process and is quintessential for working of your computer. Each component has its own driver including your computer operating system. If for some reason any driver does not work properly then the component corresponding to that driver will not function properly or stop functioning all together.
In the following section we will look into few important thumb rules which should be followed while updating Windows Vista drivers.
- Automatic update
- Manual update
Windows Vista has inbuilt feature to update its drivers and other software which are required to run it. To trigger automatic update you need to go to Programs in the startup menu and click on Windows Update. It will open up a screen where you have to click on Check for updates link. This will instruct Windows to look for its recent updates. It will list down all the updates which are required by it or are optional. You can choose those which are related to drivers and allow them to install on your system. Restart your system once the installation is done.
If you are manually updating the Windows Vista drivers then check the official website of your system manufacturer for driver updates. Confirm the compatibility of those drivers with your product model and download it on your system and install it, making sure that those files are not corrupted. Alternately after you have confirmed the compatibility of the drivers you can install them from a CD/DVD set as well. If you are unsure of what drivers to install then you can download Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft website and allow it to scan your system and identify problem areas which need corrections.