Even if you’re using Windows 10, you’ll probably want to do this — at least, if you’re a gamer.Windows 10 won’t be automatically updating graphics drivers every time NVIDIA or AMD releases a new version.Even if the manufacturer does offer a slightly newer version, you probably won’t notice the difference.There’s no reason to obsess about having the latest hardware drivers for every component in your computer.On Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, hardware drivers appear in the Windows Update interface as an optional update.If you want the latest hardware drivers, be sure to go open Windows Update, check for updates, and install any available hardware driver updates.If you built your own desktop PC, you’ll have to download drivers from the manufacturer of each individual component.
Manufacturers also submit drivers to Microsoft for testing and signing, and you can get many drivers from Microsoft through Windows Update.
Windows 7 and 8 provide driver updates via Windows Update, too, but Microsoft is being much more aggressive about this in Windows 10. Even if you install your own hardware drivers, Windows sometimes automatically overwrite them when a new version is available.
Windows is pretty good about not overwriting things like graphics drivers, though—especially if you’ve got a utility from the manufacturer that keeps up with updates.
In other cases, you might need to get the latest version of a hardware driver if the current one is causing problems with your computer. This means downloading drivers from the hardware manufacturer’s individual websites, or letting Microsoft’s Windows Update do the work for you.
If you do want to update your drivers, skip the driver-updating utilities. Assuming you’re using Windows 10, Windows Update automatically downloads and install the latest drivers for you.