Updating drivers for vista
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Time Required: It usually takes around 15 minutes to update a driver a Windows, even less time if the driver is self-installable or you get it via Windows Update (more on all of that below).
An updated driver might enable new features for the hardware, something I see on a regular basis with popular video cards and sound cards.
Tip: Updating drivers yourself is not difficult, but there are programs that will more or less do it for you.
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The driver should now, by the magic of the Windows Plug and Play feature that automatically detects new hardware, be working.
Repair or update a driver If a hardware device isn't functioning properly, or if a program or game that you're installing states that it requires newer driver software than you currently have installed, you should check Windows Update for updated driver software.
If technical support personnel have asked you to install driver software from a disc or from the device manufacturer's website, you can also manually update driver software for your device.
Hardware manufacturers update the drivers (the little programs that enable Windows Vista to control the hardware) on a regular basis to deal with updates in Windows Vista itself and to improve their performance.
If you don’t keep your drivers up-to-date, you could run into problems that make your hardware malfunction.
In most cases, driver software comes with Windows or can be found by going to Windows Update in Control Panel and checking for updates.