While there are some drivers that Windows doesn't automatically update, they're by and large covered.
Corporate systems that require a lot of network time and involve information moving in and out of devices could definitely be affected, said Satya Gupta, chief security officer at security firm Virsec.Whenever Windows or Mac has an update, the drivers are generally installed along with it; you don't even realize you're getting a fancy new way for your hardware to communicate as well.In general, you don't need to fuss about whether or not to update your drivers.On most systems being run by home users, the slowdowns are probably due to more mundane problems.“The issues being reported could be placebo effect.Users love to blame the latest update on why their system seems slower,” said Chris Goettl, a product manager at Utah-based software company Ivanti.That’s a problem because globally a large number of businesses still run this software on at least some of their computers.
A full 42% of businesses run Windows XP on at least one machine and 7% run Windows Vista somewhere, according to Spiceworks, a Texas-based company that makes software that lets businesses catalog what software they have installed.“Organizations understand the risks, but in some cases there’s just simply no alternative or insufficient funds or resources or time to move away from these older systems.
In a computer, a driver is a piece of software that tells hardware how to run on a certain operating system.
That means your PC card, DVD drive, video card and other hardware all use drivers to make their operations work.
Follow the easy steps below to update drivers in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP: Optional Walkthrough: If you'd like to follow the process below, but with more details and screenshots for each step, use our Step by Step Guide to Updating Drivers in Windows instead.
Microsoft says it suspended Meltdown and Spectre security patches for computers running AMD chips after complaints that the software updates froze some machines. Video provided by Reuters SAN FRANCISCO — As the world's biggest computer companies release a wave of software upgrades to fix the big chip security flaws that became public last week, users have feared slowdowns in computers, games, browsers and phones.
The flaws affect devices with certain Intel, AMD and ARM chips and make it possible for hackers to access information previously considered secure.