The internet is full of companies pushing you to download or purchase their programs that promise to speed up your PC, fix your registry automatically , or update your drivers etc.

Don’t fall for it.

Most of the programs either don’t do anything that Windows can do anyway, or they can cause more harm than good.

If your PC is starting to run slow you can do the following

  1. Do a Disk Cleanup
  2. If you have a spinning drive – run a disk defrag. DO not do this if you have an SSD.
  3. Run a Hard Drive Test to ensure your hard drive is running OK
  4. Bring it in for a Tune Up

All drivers are free from the manufacturer. If you need a printer driver, you can download via these links on our website 

For the rest of your drivers on your computer there is generally no reason to manually update the driver unless you are experiencing a problem.

Let’s say your DVD drive isn’t working. Go to your Device Manager by right clicking on the Windows Start Key and click Device Manager,. Then scan the list until you find DVD/CD-ROM Drives. You click to expand the list and see that your DVD drive has a gray down arrow icon.

You know the physical drive is installed correctly, so you check the driver. Right-click the DVD drive, click Properties, and then click the Driver tab. Here, you can click Update Driver, and then Windows will offer you two options: you can choose to let Windows find the driver automatically, or you manually point Windows to the folder where you downloaded the correct driver.

Device Manager isn’t a flashy feature. It’s a powerful tool for controlling your computer’s hardware – and tinkering with it may help you learn how to deal with problematic components in the future.