If you know how to update your USB drivers, then you've already taken the first step in being more productive. USB drivers are software that allows your computer to recognize and work with different hardware devices such as a mouse or motherboard. If one of these has a newer version, it often leads to incompatibility issues like bad performance or device malfunctioning altogether.
In this post, we'll briefly discuss what USB drivers are and why updating them is so important before getting into specific instructions on how to do it on Windows 10. While Windows 10 comes packed with drivers, for a more stable experience it's recommended to always have the latest ones.
What are USB drivers?
The purpose of USB drivers is to recognize and make use of all the hardware devices connected to your computer. These include keyboards, microphones, external hard drives and other peripherals. Not only are they used by operating systems but also many programs and applications including games and various apps that require specialized functions for driving them.
How do they work?
When you connect a hardware device to your computer, the USB port sends the information about the device to Windows or whichever operating system you're using. Then, by analyzing this data, it's able to recognize what it is and set up everything for you accordingly so that you can use it. If it can't recognize the new device, then programs or apps can't utilize its features and performance will be negatively affected. This could even lead to the device not working at all.
How do you update them?
You can update USB drivers using Windows Update, a tool that comes automatically installed on Windows 10. It updates Windows 10's drivers and other bundled software such as the Bluetooth stack and graphics card driver. However, it doesn't always include all the latest drivers for third-party hardware devices.
What this means is that you'll want to download and install your device manufacturer's latest USB drivers from their website. This way, you'll ensure the highest performance from your hardware.
It's also important to note that while Windows provides drivers for most hardware devices, it still doesn't always include the latest driver versions which might vary depending on the specific model or what's best suited for your needs. You can simply download them individually as often they'll be updated on a regular basis.
How do I install drivers?
One of the easiest ways to update your drivers is to use a trusted source like Device Manager which will give you an instantly updated list of your current devices. From here, select Update Driver Software and choose the option that best fits you.
You can go online automatically by clicking on "Search Automatically for Updated Drivers". This gives you more options including the capability of finding drivers on Windows Update or from your computer manufacturer's website. You can then select the best driver version and download it yourself or let Windows do it for you.
Alternatively, you can go on your manufacturer's website and download the latest drivers for your hardware device. It's generally recommended to do this as it may be the best suited for your software and operating system(s).
That's it! Now that you know how to find and update your USB drivers, your computer's performance will be even better. And if you want more tips on how to improve your computer's performance, make sure you check out our blog.
With the help of these steps for updating USB drivers, you're now on your way to a better computer experience! Make sure that you make good use of them.