For example, every time you plug in a new USB drive, you see a quick notice that your computer is installing the driver.Once the driver is installed, you can access the information on the drive and save files to it.
Usually, these updates are downloaded and installed automatically by your Windows Update tool, especially if you have Windows 10.
But depending on your preferences and settings, some drivers can become outdated.
Windows has even defined driver update software as potentially unwanted programs (PUP software).
This is due, in part, to the fact that the Windows operating system can keeps your driver software current, and current drivers can be downloaded directly from manufacturer websites for free.
Updating drivers can potentially fix computer problems, but the app may prompt you to download the wrong drivers from untrustworthy sources, which can make things much worse.
Some include bloatware, which can significantly impact your computer’s performance, and others have aggressive upsell notices prompting you to upgrade the software or purchase the manufacturer’s other programs.
If you don’t download the updated driver, you're playing with fire, literally. Most hardware isn't a fire threat, but the example shows how fear is often used to scare you into thinking you need to buy driver update software.
The truth is, updating most drivers has very little impact on your computer's overall performance.
For example, if you're unable to transfer files from a digital camera to your computer, it could be because the driver is out of date.