In the latest operating systems, one of the biggest problems people are having when it comes to choosing the correct drivers for their computer is deciding whether they need 32-Bit or 64-Bit drivers.
Almost all recent versions of Windows are available in both 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions, and if you don’t choose the right drivers to match your hardware then it simply will not work.
So what is the difference between 32-Bit systems and 64-Bits systems?
Well, to put it in the simplest way possible, 64-bit systems are far more efficient at what they do. This is because they are able to send packets of data with double the amount of information, which means tasks can be accomplished faster.
This of course means that drivers which are written for 32-Bit systems will not be efficient, and in some cases will not work at all.
Using 64-Bit drivers on a 32-Bit system and you are opening yourself up to a whole host of trouble, and you can look forward to that blue screen of death quite often.
Tip: Finding out whether you have a 32-Bit system or 64-Bit is half the battle. Thankfully, finding out this information is incredibly easy on Windows 7 or Vista. All you need to do is follow these steps:
- Click on the start menu and go to your Control Panel.
- Select the option called ‘System and Security‘.
- Select ‘System‘.
- Select the option which allows you to view basic information on the computer.
- Somewhere under system type it will tell you whether you have a 32-Bit of 64-Bit system.
Once you have found that out, you need to go and track down the right drivers for your computer system. Most of the time these can be found directly on the manufacturer’s website, although for some slightly more generic computer components you may need to look further afield for the right drivers.
Only Install System Specific Drivers
It is of utmost importance that you only use the right drivers for your computer and install them in the correct way, otherwise you are going to be opening yourself up to a whole host of problems, and in some of the major hardware it may mean that your computer won’t boot at all, which is of course not going to be good.
Of course, this is a rather long-winded way of ensuring that you end up with the correct drivers for your computer. Many people recommend (including some leading professionals) the use of a piece of software known as Driver Turbo.
Our driver software is able to quickly identify whether you are running on a 32-Bit or 64-Bit system and then track down the best drivers to suit.
This means that you aren’t going to have to suffer through a constant barrage of error messages if you choose the wrong drivers, or even trudging from website to website in order to find the right fit for you. Driver Turbo ensures that you get it right every single time.