Friday, August 14, 2009

All About Device Drivers and DriverAgent

A device driver is a small piece of software that controls a device (often called a peripheral) on your PC. Every device, whether it be a printer, disk drive, or keyboard must have a driver. Many drivers, such as the keyboard driver come with the operating system. For other devices, you may need to load a new driver when you connect the device to your computer.

In DOS and Windows systems, drivers are files with a .sys extension. In Windows environments, drivers can also have a .drv or .vxd extension. A driver acts like a translator between the device and programs that use the device. Each device has its own set of specialized commands that only its driver knows. In contrast, most programs access devices by using generic commands. The driver, therefore, accepts generic commands from a program and then translates them into specialized commands for the device.

Drivers are not your ordinary software updates. They often offer new and improved functionality and resolve technical issues. You should always keep your drivers up-to-date as this will help you get the most out of your hardware and software.

With DriverAgent™, you can automatically and quickly identify your computer's hardware devices, and see whether there's a newer driver available. This information is very helpful in the event you need or want to update the device drivers on your PC.

Just run Driver Agent on your system and it will give you a detailed report on which drivers on your system should be updated.

DriverAgent will not damage your system in any way. It is simply a tool that you can use to obtain useful information about your system.

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