Drivers are the code that lets your operating system recognize and make full use of the physical components inside your computer or connected to it, such as graphics cards and printers. Mac driversmore
Drivers are the code that lets your operating system recognize and make full use of the physical components inside your computer or connected to it, such as graphics cards and printers. Mac drivers are handled directly by Apple. But Windows users frequently have to go to Dell, HP, or the maker of a particular part inside their PC to get drivers.
This more open approach has created a small but robust industry of driver-updating software, so you don't have to hunt manually for each update. In the case of video cards, a new driver every few weeks can make the details of each update difficult to keep up with, even if the process is automated. Read on for our tips on how to navigate the world of drivers.
In the past, third-party updaters had a reputation for recommending downloads that you didn't really need. And they could be pushy about asking you to upgrade from the free version to the paid one, maybe even on a monthly subscription basis. However, driver-update utilities (Driver Booster and SlimDrivers, for example) can be useful for showing you which devices may need a driver update, and you can use that information to go to the device manufacturer's website and get the updated driver yourself. In most cases these days, the driver package is an EXE file that you just double-click to go through the update process. Note that completing a driver installation may require a system reboot, so make sure that you're not in the middle of something when you update.
GeForce Experience is a free app that checks for updated drivers for your Nvidia video card, lets you adjust its settings, see what games are installed on your PC, provides screen recording and broadcasting options, and take cool screenshots in games that support its "Ansel" feature.