Speeding up your PC is a valuable way to maximize performance and make your PC last as long as possible. While sometimes, speeding up a PC costs a lot of money, this isn’t always the case.
Today, we’re going to teach you about one of the best free ways to speed up a PC: downloading driver updates.
Drivers are small applications that help your computer’s software communicate with its hardware. The Windows operating system needs to talk to your computer’s hardware constantly, and drivers optimize this communication as much as possible.
Drivers are released for free by manufacturers, and you already have plenty of drivers installed on your computer. However, drivers are constantly being updated, and staying up-to-date with the latest drivers can ensure your computer is running as smoothly as possible.
There are a few different ways to install driver updates and speed up your PC for free. Here are some of the methods you can use:
Method 1) Use Windows Device Manager
Go to your Windows 7 search bar and type in Device Manager. This will open up a list of all hardware and devices that are currently installed on your system. If a device driver isn’t installed correctly, then you could get error messages when you open this program. If that occurs, make sure you read which device the error message is referencing, then update that driver software by right-clicking on the device’s entry and clicking ‘Update Driver Software’.
After clicking this button, a wizard will open up that guides you through the driver updating process. This is a simple process that will automatically scan for drivers online. You can also do this for devices that did not encounter errors, although you should target the problematic devices first.
Method 2) Manually update each driver
Sometimes, the Windows driver update wizard will not effectively update your drivers or speed up your PC. In that case, you’ll have to manually update specific drivers on your system. Fortunately, hardware manufacturers make this fairly easy to do. Simply go to your hardware manufacturer’s website, then find the ‘Support’ or ‘Drivers’ section which should be along the top menu.
If you purchased your laptop or desktop PC from a company like Dell or HP, then they might have complete driver packages available. If you assembled your own computer, or if you just want to update one hardware component at a time, then you can go to each individual hardware manufacturer’s website. For example, if you have an Nvidia video card, then you can go to Nvidia.com to download the driver update for your specific card. This can also be done with your sound card manufacturer, motherboard manufacturer, and any other hardware components that are currently installed on your system.
In order to download the correct drivers, you’ll need to know which type of hardware you have. To do this, go to the Windows search bar and type in dxdiag then press enter. This will open up a diagnostic utility that tells you exactly which type of video card, CPU, and motherboard your computer uses.
If you’re looking for a fast, free, and effective way to speed up any PC, then download driver updates today. Even the most inexperienced computer users can follow the steps listed above in order to optimize their computer’s performance.
Driver updates can also solve common bugs, freezes, and crashes that your computer may be experiencing, so it’s always a good idea to download driver updates on a regular basis. To learn more about driver updates for Windows from the official Microsoft website, click here.