Windows 7 Device Drivers


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What are Device Drivers

Driver is software that allows your computer to communicate with hardware devices. Without drivers, the devices you connect to your computer—for example, a mouse or external hard drive—won't work properly. Windows can automatically check if there are drivers available for new devices you connect to your computer.

Why should I update my Drivers?

By default Windows contains generic drivers for many different types of hardware connected to your computer. Unfortunately, many of these drivers that are bundled with Windows tend to be generic and do not support all of the advanced features of the hardware being installed. Therefore you would want to download and install the driver created by the hardware manufacturer so that Windows understands how to use these special features.

Periodically, hardware manufacturers release new versions of their drivers to fix bugs, increase performance, increase stability on your computer, or add new features. When these drivers are released it is recommended that you upgrade your driver to take advantage of these new enhancements. By updating device drivers from time to time you can ensure that you are getting more out of your computer that it is running at peak performance.

How Do I get the latest Drivers?

Steps

  1. Determine the name, model, and version number of the device for which you need the latest driver.
  2. Find out the Manufacturer’s website. You can easily find it through Google search.
  3. Search the manufacturer’s website for updated drivers. This is mostly available in the support section.
  4. If you are unable to find a driver section, there are a number of handy sites which collect all the drivers available into an alphabetical list by manufacturer name.

Easier way to search Windows 7 driver updates

You can use a use a third party driver update tool or search for drivers in Microsoft Update Catalog, a central place to obtain all windows specific drivers.

Enhanced Graphics and Animation with Windows 7 specific drivers

Windows 7 display drivers are based on WDDM 1.0 drivers and DirectX 11 engine. Graphic Devices can take advantage of the new WDDM 1.1 - new graphics capability and DirectX 10 or above.

WDDM 1.1 drivers have numerous advantages over earlier WDDM version 1.0 – they offer richer, faster, smoother memory efficient graphics, and stylish user interface.

Windows 7 can take better advantage of the GPU and use the Direct3D 10.1 API; it is able to reduce memory consumption (in the graphics system) by 50% per each window rendered. On top of that, this is also what enables the much richer animation and styling of the interface.

In a nutshell Windows 7 specific drivers will definitely offer an enhanced user interface.