How to Use Drivers to Speed Up Your Computer

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When it comes to computers every user has at some point likely experienced diminished speed, and there are any number of causes that could be responsible for a user’s computer running much slower than usual.

Fortunately, there as many solutions to the problem as there are causes, making it easy for users to improve their computer speed quickly, so that they can get back to having it perform at the level they are use to.

To be sure, most computer owners know that they can free up space and improve speed to some degree by cleaning out old files and uninstalled programs, but this is only one option that users have.  Another way that users can improve speed has to do with the specific drivers installed on a particular computer.

Not only does it matter that you have the correct driver for a specific device that is installed on the hard drive of your computer, but it also matters that you have the most up-to-date version of a specific driver installed as well.

In general, if you simply follow a few tips regarding how to use drivers to improve computer speed, you should see a noticeable difference in your computer’s overall performance.

Tip # 1 – Use Automatic Driver Updates Whenever Possible
– The best way to ensure that the drivers installed on your computer are not slowing you down is to make sure that all of your used drivers are up-to-date.  And the best way to be sure of this is to use automatic updates. 

Fortunately, many software programs and hardware devices come with automatic updates, and when they do, users should definitely take advantage of it because outdated drivers can slow down computer speed significantly.

Tip # 2 – Make Sure You Are Using the Correct Driver for Each Component
– Since the drivers that you need for a specific component, whether hardware or software, are specific to the computer and operating system that you are using, it is important to make sure you are using the correct driver. 

Installing a driver that is designed for a different system can lead to diminished performance and speed, just as out-of-date drivers can.

Tip # 3 – Remove Un-used Drivers
– Additionally, it is important to remove drivers that you no longer use. You likely have a number of these drivers still installed on your system, either for programs that you no longer use or because you have installed updated versions of a specific driver. Removing them can improve overall system speed, and as an added bonus, you will be freeing up disk space as well.

Nobody wants their computer to run slower than it has to, but sometimes it seems like getting it not to is a considerable hassle.  There are minor steps that can be taken, though, that can help you keep your computer running efficiently, and having the right, up-to-date drivers is one of these things, and so easy to do to.

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  • Local Searches January 3, 2012, 2:24 am

    But what to do when a driver not support some of the configuration?

  • Joseph January 3, 2012, 8:03 am

    That is a great write up on speeding up my computer. I like second point where I myself is not aware of that also. Not too sure if my driver is designed to my pc, but certainly will run a check on it.

  • Miriam Uran January 4, 2012, 3:32 am

    Best way I found for immediate computer speed is:
    Msconfig cleanup, yes, all those unwanted programs you have on tray and you never touch, just close them and make them to close permanently via msconfig.

  • Mark Nett January 5, 2012, 8:55 am

    Ella, Everyone should use drivers that are compatible with their system & OS.
    Last time when I downgraded to windows XP from Windows 7 I didnt find driver’s for my Dell machine.After that i had installed generic drivers & this slowed my System boot time by 10 times or so.

    After removing the drivers my system gained back speed again

  • Jasmine January 6, 2012, 2:12 am

    Ella, your tips are great. My laptop is getting slower and slower, I will try your tips, hopefully it will revive my laptop!

  • web design services January 9, 2012, 2:17 am

    Thanks to share your experience and knowledge with us, it is common problem that when you do heavy work your system treat as 80’s century system however, your tips are very important and helpful to make our PC fast.

  • restore missing dll files February 2, 2012, 5:28 am

    I had been dealing with a crashing laptop for several days. I did a complete wipe and found that there were a lot of drivers missing. When searching the Internet, I finally came here and in less than 2 hours my computer was fixed!! Cool!