Driver Software – Do I really need it?

It sounds like a good idea: Having the latest and greatest software drivers on a PC to run all the hardware devices that make up the PC. It made a lot of sense to me until I sat back and thought about it.

Do I really need driver software? The answer is No.

Windows and your PC manufacturer do a pretty good job driving you crazy with all the updates that are critical and necessary.  Why would you need anything else?

This is the best routine at selling snow to Eskimos that I have seen, and to think that I almost bought into it.

My grandfather used to say, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.   If some device is broke or has a fault in it, you will get an error of some sort.

A way to check this is to do the following:

1. Go to the Device Manager in your control panel and see if there are any red, yellow fault or warning signals next to any device. 
2. If there are, then double-click on the device.
3. Then go to Properties and check to see if there is an updated driver for that device.
4. If there is no updated driver found in the Device Manager, then check with your manufacturer’s website for that specific device.

Also, it is important to keep your Windows Operating Systems up to date. 

If none of the above works or you did not understand the instructions, feel free to give us a call. I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation. His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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A Computer Fairy Tale – A Strategy for PC Maintenance

Is my computer completely protected and clean once I have an anti-virus program?

The answer is No.  There are simply too many malicious schemes out there; it is hard to cover them all with one program.

Consider this:  Let’s pretend your computer is a castle.  To get inside your castle everyone needs to pass through the armed anti-virus guard at the entrance.  You are the King or Queen of your castle and you let anyone you choose into your castle.  Let us suppose that you love to have a lot of parties and you invite all types of website guests to your computer party.  Most of these guests will leave your castle when the party is over, but some will get lost in such a big place and never leave.  Some will have made a mess like little monkeys that love to swing from one point to the next, while others may have given you gifts of appreciation that are really more like innate little creatures.

As you can guess, you will need more than just a guard at the front door to keep your castle secure and clean.  You might need a PC cleaning lady to keep the place tidy and sort out those gifts.  A PC handyman will be needed to restore, repair, or replace all those little bits that may have been torn, broken, or misplaced during the party by those little monkeys.

You many not see the need for this extra help after one small website party, but if you have one every day with all types of guests, eventually it will become obvious that you need to add to the castle staff.

On my next post I will give you some recommendations so you can be the King or Queen of your PC Castle and live happily ever after.

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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A Clean Computer

If using a computer is part of your daily routine, then it makes sense to internally clean your computer for any potential viruses.  There are two simple software programs that can do a basic cleaning of the computer.  They are free to download, however, a donation is appreciated.

  • Spybot – Search & Destroy: Spybot is a program that eliminates spyware and malware that resides in your computer.  The benefits are fewer errors, faster start-ups, and a cleaner system.
  • CCleaner: CCleaner is a good cleaning tool specifically for privacy purposes.  It removes traces of online activity, such as your Internet history (not to be confused with bookmarks), unused files, temporary files, and cookies from your system.  The benefits are optimization of your computer, more hard disk space available, and faster Windows start-up.

I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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