How to be a better driver

Hello, I am currently running build 1709 on a desktop and I am trying to upgrade to 1909 to be able to download the xbox app. However, I have been coming into this error for months.

A current driver on your PC may be better than the driver we’re trying to install. We’ll keep trying to install.

I’ve ran the troubleshooter and just about every other tip on the internet.

I did find a list of drivers in the “setupapi.dev” in the windows inf folder, I just don’t know how to read it.

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I don’t see how this is an update question but I guess it can be.

Unfortunately at this time Microsoft does not supply and downloadable files for updating Windows 10. You must use the Windows Update application. In your case it does sound like you have an anti virus blocking any changes to your boot and eufi files. You have to disable the boot protection this only works with disabling the antivirus as well.

It’s a problem for me right now too. But, you can still check if you can find any support files you may need and use.

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Actually, my apologies. I just made a mistake 40% of programmers make.

You will need to check for the Windows 10 1709 version catalogue.

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My name is Rhaine, I’m Independent Community Volunteer. I’m so glad assisting you today. I am also Windows 10 user. Let us work together to sort this out.

Please try the followings steps below.

1. Windows Key + R
2. Type CMD right click and run as administrator.
3. Copy and paste each command below, you need to do it one at a time until
finishes scanning.

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Quick note: While the command is running, it’s expected to see the process stuck at 20 or 40 percent. After a few minutes, the process will complete successfully.

Once you complete the steps, the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool will connect to the Windows Update servers to download and replace any damaged files in the local image for Windows 10 as necessary.
Once done perform Clean Boot

This process will eliminate 3rd party application running in the background of your computer along with services that are not needed to run windows. If there’s any conflicting 3rd party application that causes the issue on your computer, this process will stop it.

1. Open the run box by pressing the Windows Key + R and type msconfig

2. System Configuration Utility box will open and by default you are on general tab.

3. On the General tab, click the selective startup and make sure that load system service and load startup items both have checked mark.

4. Click on services tab

5. Put a check mark on Hide All Microsoft Services > This is a very important part as if you miss to click on this, computer might not boot properly or permanently and will end up on clean installation.

6. Once Hide all Microsoft Services have checked mark on it, click on Disable All

7. Click on the Startup Tab and click open task manager. This will open another window which contains all your startup applications on the administrator account.

8. Disable all application that you’re not using. You can simply just click on them and select disable.

9. Click OK, Apply and close the configuration utility

Once done reset the Windows update component.

Disclaimer: This is a non-Microsoft website. The page appears to be providing accurate, safe information. Watch out for ads on the site that may advertise products frequently classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Products). Thoroughly research any product advertised on the site before you decide to download and install it.

Once done restart you pc and check for Windows Updates available in your device.

1. Press Windows Key + X
2. Click Settings
3. Go to Windows Update Settings
4. Check for updates and install them to optimize your system.

I hope the information and steps above helps.

Have a wonderful day ahead and stay safe. Please let me know how it goes.

If you have been looking for car driving techniques , safe driving tips, and related things on car magazine, then you are not alone. Many beginning drivers spent a long time searching the perfect guideline to drive better. But worry no more, since this is the right place for you.

Ten Helpful Tips That Will Turn You Into A Driving Master

In order to become a driving master, obviously you must first find yourself a good and affordable car . But having a car and just driving on the road do not make you an expert driver. In order to drive better, here are the tips for you:

#1. Looking Ahead

No driver can drive safe without looking at the road, so it is necessary to look ahead at any car that is in front of you. This is truly important and driver must bear this fact in mind. Since it is not only affected directly to driver but other people’s safety as well, you have to keep yourself focused on the surrounding.

It is recommended to stay away from using cellphone or having a talk with your car fellows since it will affect your concentration.

#2. Merging with Traffic

It is quite obvious, but a good driver must be the one who can control the speed of his own vehicle. Unlike practice zone, the road is the battlefield, and all experience soldiers know that rushing is killing. In order to keep yourself safe, driving slow and carefully merging with the traffic by a controllable speed are recommended. You also need to be extra careful when dealing with any type of highway out there.

#3. Brakes

Car owners have to go easy on the machine’s brakes when you have to slow down. You can see the drivers in Hollywood Movies press their brakes as hard as they can, but that will be the last thing you will want to do in the real life.

Remember that you will want to stop before having any impact, and your brakes will be your best friends here. So instead of rushing to stop by hitting the brake as hard as you can, try to predict the road, and press the car brake sooner.

#4. Manual Transmission

Car owners will save a lot of fuel when having a car that uses the manual transmission since its fuel consumption is more reasonable than his fellow transmission. Also, remember that this type of transmission will boost your driving skills since everything will be performed manually.

#5. Controlling Oversteer

To be a better driver, it is no doubt that you need to know how to make your body avoid any kind of over-steer out there. Controlling oversteer is a basic technique that all car owners must know before they get inside the driving seat. It also helps you to avoid dangers when driving fast on the road .

Watch The Video To Become A Better Driver

#6. Heel-toe Downshifting

Heel-toe downshifting is great if you want to generate smooth, quick shifts right away. Learning this technique is just a small step to you, but it is a huge step to become a better driver over time. If you can perform this well, you will also extend the important life of the transmission.

#7. Driving Backwards

An expert driver is a person who already a master at driving backward. If you want to become a better driver these days, you must learn how to judge a distance. Also, remember that special awareness is required for you to can get what you need to back up quickly, but you can always take it slower and safer.

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#8. Parking

Practicing parking will allow you to avoid a lot of problems right away, as you will know how to do the right things at the right time. Your handbrake should be perfect here so you can make things happen.

#9. Parallel

Here is the tricky one. Parallel parking is by far one of the most difficult parking skill. Drivers need to practice this important driving skill since it is essential when hitting the road. Also because this will allow you to become a truly better driver in no time. An expert car owner can parallel park any vehicle in a couple of seconds, and you can also perform even better if you know what you are doing.

#10. Patience

Patience is truly a virtue that you have to cultivate if you want to become as master of driving. Remember also that you have to look ahead and you can learn to park quite easily. But a driver must also know how to slow down properly so he can drive his own vehicle quickly and easily.Patience is also helpful while you are in a traffic jam, which happens almost daily in the city.

How to be a better driver

Matsumoto Naoki is senior car blogger at Car From Japan. Having background in mechanical engineering, he has a unique perspective on a lot of new car innovations. Prior to Car From Japan, Matsumoto was Mechanical Design Engineer at Yajima Plant, Subaru Corporation. His articles provide detailed DIY instructions and how-tos to help you get your new car on the road. If you want to save money and feel more confident when working on your cars, you should not ignore Matsumoto’s sharing posts. He presents driving tips and tricks for everyone through easy-following steps and mechanically but friendly writing.

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Below, you will find links to pages of information about:

– What you have to do to get a Guam driver’s license
– How to pass the written and driving tests.
– Strategies for surviving a lifetime of driving
– How to save gas by adjusting your driving
– Learning how to drive (for beginners)
– Our professional services

I. The Procedure for Getting a License

Flow chart- to help you decide what service you need. If you have a license from another place, check this out.

II. About Better Drivers Driving Education –

Better Drivers Registration Form- you can print it and bring to class

III. Passing the Written Test

How to Pass the Written Test–Strategies for Multiple-Choice Tests

IV. Passing the Driving Test

How to Pass the Driving Test–What is the Examiner Looking For? Read this if you have a road test coming up.

Also, look below to part V. for driving techniques, such as parallel parking.

V. Driving Help . Some of these articles are for beginners, some are about defensive driving and some are helpful for passing the test.

Parallel Park Video About 13 minutes. Filmed at DMV parallel park area. This is an actual driving lesson.

Parallel Park- with pictures! And how to fix your mistakes so you don’t have to start over.
Parallel Park- Text-only version so you can print it and bring it with you when you practice.

Bored? This will keep you busy for a few minutes.
Parallel Park Game- Thanks, Charles!

How to Change Lanes For exp. drivers- a short description of the correct procedure. For beginners, a thorough explanation of how to learn this important skill.

Driving on Guam– A Unique Place. If you’re new here, please read.

VI. Study Helps – Plenty of useful handouts from our class.

Survey of the Driver Handbook. Includes instructor’s commentary, highlights on important facts and links to discussions. This is a valuable study aid.

Lanes, Lines, Signals and Signs. – Road markings, road signs and traffic lights are the questions most people get wrong. Even if you know what they mean, it is kind of tricky to figure out the question and the answer without seeing what the question is asking about. It’s a good idea to memorize the facts contained in this handout.

Road Signs Presentation – Kind of like Power Point, not for printing.

Important Numbers. – On the test, there are number questions. If you know the number, you get it right. If you don’t know it, you will guess and most likely get it wrong. It’s not all common sense, so memorize the number facts.

Flash Cards – We use these as a game. The document is set up for 2-sided printing. You may want to just write the answers on the back of the questions by hand, or you can glue the answers to the questions. Figure it out; it’s a good study aid.

Updated January 13, 2021

How to be a better driver

When you are first learning how to drive, one of the things that you are going to hear over and over again is that you need to drive defensively.

This doesn’t mean that you should always be tensed up and just waiting for an accident to happen. What it does mean is that you have to keep an eye on what the other drivers around you are doing, and try to anticipate what they are going to do. If you are able to do this, you will be able to avoid a lot of fender benders, which, of course, are not something you want to happen.

How To Drive Defensively

Statistics about Young/New Drivers

There are many new drivers who end up getting into accidents, mainly due to their inexperience behind the wheel. This is one of the reasons for the graduated licensing system, so new drivers always have licensed drivers with them until they are ready to be out on the road alone. Here are some statistics about young drivers.

  • More than 25% of all motor vehicle accidents involve teen drivers, even though teen drivers only account for less than 7% of all drivers on US roads.
  • The leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 20 is motor vehicle crashes.
  • Teenagers are involved in more than 5,000 accidents per every 100,000, compared with 500 accidents per every 100,000 for more experienced adult drivers.

How to be a better driver
Remember, if you learn to drive defensively and pay attention to everything that is going on around you while you are driving, you will not become one of these statistics.

Defensive Driving Tips

There are a few things you should know about defensive driving, and here you will find some really great defensive driving tips for new drivers. (They are actually great for everyone who drives, no matter how long they have been driving.) These tips will help you to know what to do in many situations, so that you can arrive at your destination safe and sound.

    TIP 1: Never use a cell phone while driving
    If you are chatting on a cell phone or sending and receiving text messages, you will not be giving your driving your full attention, and you will not be aware of what is going on with other drivers around you. Using a cell phone is extremely distracting, and you should only use it when the car is parked.

The research results below speak for themselves.

If you need to make an emergency call, make sure that you pull over to a parking lot, or at least the side of the road, before you use your cell phone.

  • TIP 2: Pay attention to all traffic signs
    This is something that many drivers get out of the habit of doing, and they end up speeding or going the wrong way on one-way streets. If you are paying attention to all road signs, you will know what the posted speed limit is, and you can stay within it, which is a big part of defensive driving. Whatever you do, don’t follow what the driver ahead of you is doing. After all, he or she may not be following the rules of the road, and you will not be either, which can lead to an accident pretty quickly. Make sure that you obey all traffic lights as well. One wrong turn at a signal light could end up in a really bad accident.
  • TIP 3: Never drive too closely behind another vehicle
    You need to make sure that there is going to be plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you, just in case you need to come to a fast stop.

    Watch the video to learn how to handle following distances correctly:

    If there is not enough room, chances are that you are going to end up rear-ending that vehicle, and even if the accident is the other driver’s fault, your insurance company may still raise your rates, and consider the accident to be your fault.
    Try to make sure that there are at least two car lengths between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. This way, you will have room if you need to stop quickly. If you are driving on snow-covered or icy roads, you should make sure there is even more room between yours and the vehicle ahead, because it will take longer to stop.

    TIP 4: Learn to drive in all weather conditions
    The weather can cause a lot of motor vehicle accidents, so it is best that you do not drive in bad weather, or even after dark, until you are confident in your driving skills.

    Meanwhile, check some tips to drive safely in bad weather conditions:

    Have someone with you when you drive at night until you are more skilled, and practice winter driving where there is no chance of having an accident, such as in an empty parking lot. It is better to be safe now than sorry later on.

  • TIP 5: Give others the right of way
    There are going to be times when you are going to come to a four way stop or other situations where it may be difficult to figure out who has the right of way. When you are in this type of situation, it is best to just let other drivers have the right of way. If you pull out, and someone is pulling out at the same time, you could end up crashing into each other. It may take a few extra seconds to wait, but you will still get where you are going, and you will get there safely.
  • Getting your driver’s license is a really great thing, and it is just one more step on your way to adulthood. Remember, once you are a licensed driver, you have a whole new set of responsibilities. You are not only responsible for yourself, but for anyone who happens to be in the vehicle with you when you are driving, and you are responsible for those who are driving around you.

    Updated January 13, 2021

    How to be a better driver

    When you are first learning how to drive, one of the things that you are going to hear over and over again is that you need to drive defensively.

    This doesn’t mean that you should always be tensed up and just waiting for an accident to happen. What it does mean is that you have to keep an eye on what the other drivers around you are doing, and try to anticipate what they are going to do. If you are able to do this, you will be able to avoid a lot of fender benders, which, of course, are not something you want to happen.

    How To Drive Defensively

    Statistics about Young/New Drivers

    There are many new drivers who end up getting into accidents, mainly due to their inexperience behind the wheel. This is one of the reasons for the graduated licensing system, so new drivers always have licensed drivers with them until they are ready to be out on the road alone. Here are some statistics about young drivers.

    • More than 25% of all motor vehicle accidents involve teen drivers, even though teen drivers only account for less than 7% of all drivers on US roads.
    • The leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 20 is motor vehicle crashes.
    • Teenagers are involved in more than 5,000 accidents per every 100,000, compared with 500 accidents per every 100,000 for more experienced adult drivers.

    How to be a better driver
    Remember, if you learn to drive defensively and pay attention to everything that is going on around you while you are driving, you will not become one of these statistics.

    Defensive Driving Tips

    There are a few things you should know about defensive driving, and here you will find some really great defensive driving tips for new drivers. (They are actually great for everyone who drives, no matter how long they have been driving.) These tips will help you to know what to do in many situations, so that you can arrive at your destination safe and sound.

      TIP 1: Never use a cell phone while driving
      If you are chatting on a cell phone or sending and receiving text messages, you will not be giving your driving your full attention, and you will not be aware of what is going on with other drivers around you. Using a cell phone is extremely distracting, and you should only use it when the car is parked.

    The research results below speak for themselves.

    If you need to make an emergency call, make sure that you pull over to a parking lot, or at least the side of the road, before you use your cell phone.

  • TIP 2: Pay attention to all traffic signs
    This is something that many drivers get out of the habit of doing, and they end up speeding or going the wrong way on one-way streets. If you are paying attention to all road signs, you will know what the posted speed limit is, and you can stay within it, which is a big part of defensive driving. Whatever you do, don’t follow what the driver ahead of you is doing. After all, he or she may not be following the rules of the road, and you will not be either, which can lead to an accident pretty quickly. Make sure that you obey all traffic lights as well. One wrong turn at a signal light could end up in a really bad accident.
  • TIP 3: Never drive too closely behind another vehicle
    You need to make sure that there is going to be plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you, just in case you need to come to a fast stop.

    Watch the video to learn how to handle following distances correctly:

    If there is not enough room, chances are that you are going to end up rear-ending that vehicle, and even if the accident is the other driver’s fault, your insurance company may still raise your rates, and consider the accident to be your fault.
    Try to make sure that there are at least two car lengths between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. This way, you will have room if you need to stop quickly. If you are driving on snow-covered or icy roads, you should make sure there is even more room between yours and the vehicle ahead, because it will take longer to stop.

    TIP 4: Learn to drive in all weather conditions
    The weather can cause a lot of motor vehicle accidents, so it is best that you do not drive in bad weather, or even after dark, until you are confident in your driving skills.

    Meanwhile, check some tips to drive safely in bad weather conditions:

    Have someone with you when you drive at night until you are more skilled, and practice winter driving where there is no chance of having an accident, such as in an empty parking lot. It is better to be safe now than sorry later on.

  • TIP 5: Give others the right of way
    There are going to be times when you are going to come to a four way stop or other situations where it may be difficult to figure out who has the right of way. When you are in this type of situation, it is best to just let other drivers have the right of way. If you pull out, and someone is pulling out at the same time, you could end up crashing into each other. It may take a few extra seconds to wait, but you will still get where you are going, and you will get there safely.
  • Getting your driver’s license is a really great thing, and it is just one more step on your way to adulthood. Remember, once you are a licensed driver, you have a whole new set of responsibilities. You are not only responsible for yourself, but for anyone who happens to be in the vehicle with you when you are driving, and you are responsible for those who are driving around you.

    Nighttime driving is inherently risky, even with modern automotive headlights. There are many threats that you might not see, from other drivers to deer and other animals in the road. Whether you’re driving in town or out in the country, here are the 10 most important tips to help you be a better driver at night.

    Be alert

    One of the most important tips is to remain alert at all times. It’s easy to get fatigued when driving at night – your eyelids droop, your attention wanders, and eventually, you’re feeling sleepy and not paying close attention. Do whatever you have to do to stay alert – roll down the window, turn up the radio, or talk to yourself if that’s what it takes.

    Check headlight adjustment

    Your headlights are the only things that allow you to see the road ahead during night driving, but they might not be doing their job. Check the angle of the headlights – they should both point the same direction, and they should illuminate the road well ahead of your car. However, they can’t be aimed too high or you’ll blind oncoming drivers. If you have a question about the proper alignment of your headlights, one of our mechanics can assess their orientation and adjust them as necessary.

    Check your headlights regularly

    It’s surprisingly easy to fail to notice that one of your headlights isn’t working until you need it. Make sure to check your headlights on a regular basis: simply turn your headlights on in the dark, and with your car in Park, get out of the car and visually inspect that all of your headlights are brightly lit.

    Deer never travel alone

    While it’s possible to encounter a number of animals on the road at night, the most common are deer. Remember that deer almost never travel alone. If you see one, there are others that may cross in front of you.

    Dim interior lights

    Sure, you can adjust the brightness of your interior lights all the way up, but that actually destroys your night vision and makes it harder to see. Dim your dash lights to a comfortable level.

    Avoid the cell phone

    Using a cell phone while driving is never a good idea, but it’s particularly bad at night, as the brightness of the screen can temporarily decrease your vision when looking from the screen back to the road.

    Focus on the right side

    The headlights of oncoming cars can make it very difficult to see at night. Rather than focusing straight ahead, focus on the right side of the road when other cars approach in the opposite lane.

    Split up

    You should maintain one car length for every 10 miles per hour of speed during daylight hours. You need to increase that space at night to account for the reduced visibility.

    Clean your windshield

    A dirty windshield is more than an eyesore. It scatters light, making it more difficult to see at night. Clean it off (inside and out).

    Don’t drink

    We’re not talking about DUI here – just one drink is enough to make you sleepy behind the wheel.

    Following these simple tips will help ensure that you’re a better driver at night, and avoid potentially serious accidents.

    How to be a better driver

    Do you want to become a better truck driver?

    I can’t imagine anyone who would answer, “no” to this question. We all do!

    Well, the tips I’m about to share with you, I have learned throughout my 5 years in trucking. They’ve helped me get more miles, make more money and, really, just enjoy everything that comes along with being a truck driver that much more.

    So, regardless of what phase you’re in, (even if you haven’t started your first trucking job yet) I know you’ll find these tips valuable. Press PLAY and take a look.

    WATCH: 4 Quick Tips to be a Better Truck Driver

    1st Year in Trucking

    Trucking has so many great things to offer, but the first year is going to be tough. There’s just no way around it. The tips I shared in the video and have listed out below will help you get through the rough patches. You might not be able to change things you don’t like about the company, but you can change you and how you react.

    1. Are You Safe?

    Safety is a big deal in trucking, and rightfully so. If you can remain without any accidents or violations it will go incredibly far in growing your career. Being a safe driver is critical for both you and the company you’re driving for. This is why they spend so much time on it.

    2. Do You Show Up On Time?

    Listen, everybody makes mistakes. You may be late once or twice. But do you have a track record of falling behind time and time again? This is only going to hurt your chances to get load assignments. Being on time is a big deal and if you can show up on time, nearly all the time it will hlpe your reputation as a dependable trucker. And in trucking dependability is key.

    Find a Trucking School Near You

    Just like we helped Wayne get rolling, Driver Solutions can help you get the CDL training you need to become a truck driver. Just take a few moments to complete our online driver application now and we’ll work to find a trucking school near you.

    3. How Are You Managing Yourself in that Truck?

    Do you drive what you can drive each day? Do you work to safely maximize the amount of miles you run? If you’ve got a tight load and you know it’s going to be tight – are you driving that 600-650 miles in day? Not 500 when you really need to go 600.

    4. How Are You Handling Problems?

    If you have some type of problem, how are you handling it? How are you talking to your Driver Manager? Is it polite and courteous? The way you address situations that may not go your way says a great deal about your character. If you aren’t getting the miles you want, are you politely asking what you can do to improve?

    This is an area where I’ve had to do some work. I’m notorious for thinking I am right. I’ve had to tone it down before, remind myself that he or she is my boss. I simply asked, “what can I do to get miles back?”

    Make Your Checklist

    If things aren’t going your way, make your little checklist of possible problems/solutions. Work your way through it. Odds are, if you’re able to check things off one by one – you’ll be able to get more out of your trucking career than ever before. I’m living proof of it.

    About The Author

    Wayne got his start in trucking by going through the Driver Solutions company sponsored CDL training program back in 2012. Since then, he has traveled over 300,000 safe miles and counting! After seeing his photos and reading about his adventures, we knew we had to share them on our blog. Join Wayne on his journey for a first hand look at life on the road!

    How to be a better driver

    A graphics driver is the software that allow your operating system and programs to use your computer’s graphics hardware. If you play PC games, you should keep your computer’s graphics drivers updated to get the best performance out of your hardware.

    We have previously advised you to not compulsively update your drivers, and we stand by that. Most hardware drivers that come with your computer—or through Windows Update—are fine. However, we do make an exception for graphics drivers for your NVIDIA, AMD, or even Intel graphics hardware. Those, we recommend you keep up-to-date, especially if you’re a gamer.

    Why You Should Update Your Graphics Drivers

    Updates to your computer’s motherboard, sound card, and network drivers don’t generally give speed improvements. They do often fix rare bugs, but to be honest, they just as often introduce new bugs. So, if things are working okay, it’s typically not worth it to bother.

    However, this is not the case with updated drivers for your graphics card, also known as a GPU or video card. NVIDIA and AMD both frequently release new graphics drivers that usually give major performance improvements, particularly for newer games. With Intel getting more serious about integrated graphics performance, they have started releasing more frequent video driver updates, too.

    Here is a small portion of the changes to NVIDIA’s most recent graphics driver package (Release 387), released on December 20, 2017:

    How to be a better driver

    And that just covers the specific games for which optimization has been improved. There are also numerous bug fixes and new features included.

    These sorts of performance increases in updated graphics drivers are not uncommon. While newer games get the bulk of the attention, even some older games see a significant increase in performance with updated drivers.

    Of course, if you never play PC games on your computer and don’t care about 3D graphics performance, you don’t really need to update your graphics drivers at all.

    Identifying Your Graphics Card

    There are a number of ways to identify your computer’s graphics hardware, including built-in and third-party system information utilities. However, the easiest way is probably to just hit Start, type “System Information” into the search box, and then hit Enter.

    How to be a better driver

    In the “System Information” window, on the left side, drill down to the “Display” category. On the right, look for your graphics adapter model in the “Adapter Type” or “Adapter Description” entries.

    How to be a better driver

    If you see both Intel and NVIDIA hardware on a laptop, your laptop is likely using switching technology to intelligently switch between its better-for-battery-life Intel graphics and better-for-gaming-performance NVIDIA graphics. In this case, you will want to update your NVIDIA drivers to boost your gaming performance.

    Getting the Latest Updates

    For some types of graphics hardware integrated into laptops (also known as notebook GPUs), you may not be able to get drivers straight from the graphics adapter manufacturer. You may have to get updated drivers from your laptop manufacturer, and they may not regularly release updates.

    However, you can generally get updated graphics drivers from your graphics hardware manufacturer’s website:

    You will have to select the exact model of your computer’s graphics card, which is displayed in the Device Manager window.

    For all three of the major manufacturers, you can enter the details of your adapter on the website and download the right drivers directly.

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    You also have the option of letting the site scan your system to automatically determine what drivers you need. Just be aware that sometimes, you’ll be asked to install a utility that performs the scan.

    If you use an NVIDIA adapter, you also have a third option—a utility named NVIDIA GeForce Experience that runs in the background on your PC. You have the choice of the utility downloading and installing them automatically or just letting you know when they’re ready. GeForce Experience can also help you optimize gaming settings for most PC games, a feature some love and some hate, but that’s entirely optional.

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    Note: In the past, AMD offered a very similar utility named AMD Gaming Evolved that provided driver updates and game optimization. AMD discontinued that product and it has since been taking up by the folks behind Raptr. The utility does still boast those two features, but also includes some of the community aspects of the primary Raptr tool. It still seems to work well. Just be aware that while the tool is co-branded with AMD, it’s no longer developed by them.

    If you have older graphics hardware, bear in mind that it won’t be supported forever. Manufacturers eventually move older hardware to a stable driver release that they stop optimizing and updating. If your graphics hardware is five years old, it’s very likely that optimized drivers for it are no longer being released. How long your hardware is supported is up to its manufacturer.