Drivers are small software programs that help control devices
attached to your computer because drivers enable your operating system
and other software to communicate with various hardware devices,
controllers, and other peripherals. In other words, drivers work as
instruction manuals that provide software with the information with
regard to controlling and communicating with different hardware
Why do we need drivers?
Drivers help computers identify and run
installed hardware. A device driver is a code that an operating system
uses to control disk devices, display adapters, input devices such as a
mouse or trackball, modems, fax machines, printers, and other
hardware. Without drivers, computers will not be able to distinguish
between a sound card and a modem. Most computer devices and peripherals
need drivers to run, which means that computer accessories, such as
printers, scanners and digital cameras also need drivers to function.
This is what all computer hardware and accessories that are purchased
come with drivers stored in either a floppy disk or a CD. A computer
automatically loads the drivers when these disks are inserted in their
Like any other software, drivers are upgraded
and updated by the manufacturers to remove bugs, add extra
functionality to the hardware or to improve the performance of the
device. Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face problems
ranging from the relatively minor, such as having hardware that seems
to perform poorly, to the more major problems such as hardware failure,
hardware conflicts and complete system crashes.
Choosing and installing the correct device
drivers for a given hardware is often a key component of computer
Where you can get Drivers?
Drivers can also be downloaded from the websites
of hardware manufacturers. You can download the most recent or updated
drivers for your hardware. You can do this by navigating through each
manufacturer’s website and searching for the page that allows you to
download drivers for their products. However, there are some software
(ex. Driver Robot
) that automatically scans your computer, looks for
the drivers you need, and automatically installs them to your computer.
These kinds of software are very easy to use and they can ensure that
you will have the most up-to-date drivers for your devices.