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What is a driver and how they help you

If you're wondering what all the buzz is around drivers you've come to the right place. You may have heard different names being bantered around or written like "device drivers" or "driver software". They all refer to the same thing but usually, you'll hear the terms driver or device driver.

Put simply, a driver is a piece of software that connects your peripheral devices to your computer. These can be built-in components like your graphics card, audio driver, trackpad, etc. Or, they can be plug-in devices like an external monitor, a mouse, keyboard, printer, camera, audio MIDI controller, etc.

What is driver in computer language: explained

Now you know that devices require drivers, what are they there for? Are they just another tech term for hardcore developers or should everyone be interested? Drivers are hugely important, so anyone who uses a computer needs to know about them and how to keep them optimized. They can be the difference between a well-behaved functional PC versus one that is playing up and wasting lots of your time.

Since drivers connect your devices to your computer so they can communicate properly, any breakdown in this process can spell disaster or at least cause glitches. For that reason, the task of writing a driver program will be down to software or computer engineers who work for hardware manufacturers. They do all of the hard work so we can just download and install their driver software and connect our devices with minimal fuss. 

Sometimes, these engineers will need to make updates to the drivers which is a typical necessity with all software. That's to make sure any new bugs they find are fixed and any security breaches or potential issues are patched up. When they release these newer versions, it's important to update the drivers at your end so yours aren't out of date. 

If drivers are out of date the following issues can occur:

  • Glitches and bugs - one or more of your devices could stop working or start malfunctioning and become unresponsive.
  • Slow computer - outdated drivers can lead to your computer being slower.
  • Devices are out of sync - they may start playing up or stop working altogether due to the lack of communication between them and the computer. 
  • Weakened security - because some drivers play a role in your internet connection, you would miss any new security patches that have been fixed. 

What is device driver updating software?

You can update your drivers manually or automatically. Driver updaters are the easiest, safest and fastest way to automatically upgrade them to newer versions and keep them up to date. 

We have CCleaner Driver Updater to help you with this exact problem. It will scan your PC for any out-of-date drivers, show you exactly which ones need updating and then update them for you.

Our Driver Updater tool comes as part of the CCleaner Professional package so you'll get a number of other features that work together to optimize your PC performance and boost your online privacy. You can try it for free for 14 days (no card details necessary) and see what a difference it makes to your computer.. Why not try it today to see how many drivers you need to update?

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