Well, my approach to updating drivers is pretty much the same as that towards updating a BIOS.
If it ain't broke, don't try to "fix" it.
In actuality, it's far more important that you continuously update your operating system...than worry about drivers and programs. And, along with updating XP for critical updates, I suggest that you NOT use XP hardware updates for your system. There sometimes is a problem whereby the hardware updates available via the WinUpdate site...result in problems which did not previously exist.
Generally speaking, the items which require continuous updating: operating system, firewall, antivirus, any/all malware detection/defense programs...and any program that previously operated without problems but now has problems.
If you have a Dell, all the hardware drivers for your particular system can be obtained at the Dell website. If you haven't visited it, you need to do so and familiarize with the procedure.
Most programs that have software updates have a device that triggers notification to users who are interested or who need to update. This includes some firewalls, AV, and malware programs...but does not necessarily include them all. Ensuring that you get these updates is usually part of the configuration process, when you first set that program up.
And...it's not a foolish question
, more persons should inquire about such before acting.
This is just my approach, other person will have other ideas.
Edited by hamluis, 26 September 2007 - 02:50 PM.