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Speed up your computer part 6 – Install Latest Drivers & Updates

Posted Thursday, April 29, 2004

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This will be the last in this current series, for speeding up your computer up. This week we will take a look at updates for drivers and your Windows operating system.

Drivers

Drivers are a very important update. For example keeping your graphics driver updated can improve performance of the graphics card by quite a significant amount. I recall one such driver that gave a performance boast of 40% from the original.

Updated drivers also provide enhanced performance, and compatibility with programs and games, so don’t wait, update today.

Windows Updates

Not only will some updates improve performance but they will also make your computer more secure and reliable. Important updates for Windows XP, 2000 and NT are the service packs, which are a compilation of small patches and fixes. These updates should always be downloaded, or retrieved from magazine cover disks. (The Service Packs tend to be very large files, so unless you are on broadband do not download)

Where to get the Updates

There are three main places where you can get your updates. The first is within windows. To do this is quite simply. Simply click on start, from your desktop and then click on “WINDOWS UPDATE”. You must be connected to the Internet for this.

Secondly you can access the Windows Update web page from your browser by using the following address, http://www.windowsupdate.com

Lastly, for mainly drivers, do a search on the net. E.G. if you have an Nvidia Geforce graphics Card then search for “NVIDIA GEFORCE GRAPHICS DRIVER”, in a search engine (e.g. www.google.com ).