Device drivers – set of instructions which allow the system to interact with its installed hardware components and peripherals are crucial for the functioning of any system. Choosing the right device driver becomes essential when installing a new hardware or performing an operating system upgrade or hard disk formatting. Very often one might choose to buy a device driver similar to but not the exact required for a device. Such equivalent device drivers in all cases prove detrimental to the efficient performance of hardware and may damage the device or the computer or both.
Installing the wrong drivers will not only cost extra time but will also lead to larger expenses in the long run. A right device driver must be chosen for each piece of installed hardware. The drivers differ for different models of the device as well as for different operating systems. A device driver working for printers on Windows Vista might not be compatible for the same device on a Windows 7 system.
If the right device driver is not installed the corresponding device is unlikely to work or may begin malfunctioning. Also when the terminal seeks to initialize or send command to the device, certain networking problems and fatal errors can be caused due to the inappropriate device driver.
To ensure that the correct device driver gets installed one must let the system administrator take care of it. There are also other programs available online that help in finding right device drivers for the given hardware and peripherals depending on requirements and operating system.
Also, manufacturers and third party websites aid the buyers in choosing the right device driver for their hardware configurations. The device driver once installed must also be upgraded regularly to ensure that the devices are functioning properly and are compatible with upgraded operating system.