As established before, you now know that drivers are required to form a communication channel between the operating system and the hardware component. However, some common hardware components are recognized by the operating system because it has built-in drivers for them.
For instance, most input devices like the keyboard, mouse and a few joysticks have their devices existing as part of the operating system bundle. However, your ATI-Phenom graphics card will require external drivers because of the simple reason that if you attach the drivers of all hardware components that has been manufactured so far to the OS bundle, you’ll need a whole other hard drive to install them.
Most drivers can be downloaded from the Internet or copied from the CD or DVD that comes with the hardware part. It is a fact that drivers are constantly being written and rewritten for all hardware components in the market to establish a higher degree of compatibility between the operating system and the hardware component.
Essentially, drivers are like the language you talk – the articulation can never be too perfect.
You can assume that at the time of purchasing the hardware, if you install the driver from its CD, it is the latest available driver at that time. However, with the passage of time, newer drivers for the same hardware component and the same operating system may come out with fixed bugs and issues which guarantee a higher level of performance for the hardware.
If you want to update your drivers, you can do so through the Control Panel on your system. Click on the Start button and open the Control Panel in your computer. Select the System icon from the different options and click on the Hardware tab. At this point, you can choose to update the driver for a single hardware component with a CD or connect to the Internet and search for drivers for multiple components.
Click on the Device Manager and select the hardware device for which you need updated drivers. Right-clicking on the device brings up a list of options from which you’ll have to select Update Driver. You can choose to install the driver from a location on your computer or on a CD or even on a USB device. Alternatively, you can choose to let Windows search the Internet for newer drivers.
If you are confident of the manufacturer and model number of the device, you can go to the manufacturer’s website and download newer drivers yourself without having to wait for Windows to complete its search.