Driver software is integral to a personal computer’s performance. It is the driver software that allows the hardware of your computer to communicate with your computer’s operating system and different applications. Without the driver software, this communication cannot take place and your computer will cease to function correctly. If you are having driver problems, here are five different things you can do to address the problem.
Go to the Manufacturer’s Website
The first thing you should do is visit the site for the company that made the driver you are having issues with. Often times, the website will list an updated version of that driver that may address certain bugs you are experiencing. If you do see an updated version for your driver that is compatible with the current version of your operating system, make sure to download and install it. Doing so may resolve whatever problems you were experiencing with that driver.
Do a Computer Restart
After you have finished the installation of that new version of the driver, you should do a computer restart right away. Restarting your computer will allow it to complete the driver’s installation both as your operating system is shutting down and before it re-loads. Without a complete installation, the driver will not be updated. If that is the case, you are likely to still experience the same problems as before.
Remove and Reinstall a Device
Perhaps you are facing serious problems with your hardware. You may be convinced it is because of a hardware driver no longer operating properly. There can be many reasons why this can happen. However, one of the recourses available to you is to attempt to reload this driver. After the hardware driver has been reloaded, you are likely to no longer experience those issues with your hardware. If you use Windows, simply go to the device manager. Once there, select “device removal” for that device driver. After this is done, Windows will automatically recognize the device driver and then automatically reinstall it.
Use an Automated Driver Tool
If you are not very tech-savvy or want to be overly cautious when messing with your computer’s driver software, one thing you should certainly consider is implementing an automated driver tool. Unfortunately, some of these software programs can be very expensive to purchase. Thankfully, though, many different automated driver tool programs allow you to use the program for free during a trial period. There are also many different choices to choose from such as System Optimizer Pro. These programs will allow you to scan your computer and locate any drivers that may be missing or working improperly. The programs will then allow you to reinstall these drivers. They will also allow you to receive driver updates as they are released.
Perform a Driver Rollback
If your other attempts to solve the problem have failed, you should certainly try to rollback your driver software. When you rollback the driver, it will take it back to a previous state is it existed at an earlier time on your PC. This may take it back to before the driver was damaged.