Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:54 AM
Drivers...are never "out of date"...your statement is a common misconception by users.
The drivers that come with a system or component...work. But...when they become damaged/corrupt...they can cause problems, which is the only typical scenario for "updating drivers". When they don't work properly, they should be uninstalled and replaced...with drivers which are not damaged.]
If a driver update provides functionality that previously did not exist...or they correct a known problem with the older drivers...then the updated versions should be used. The descriptions of the drivers generally indicate whether they correct a known problem or provide functionality which did not previously exist.
Example: I have a TV capture card and the manufacture put out "updated drivers" a couple of years ago. I still use the old original drivers because they were designed for the O/Ses which existed then (XP, Vista). But...when I boot into my Win 7 install (dual-boot, same system), I use the "updated drivers" because they were designed for Win 7 compatibility. Changed capability/functionality provided.
That's why you will find (if you look at the dates the drivers were developed) many component manufacturers don't bother "updating" the drivers for their components/products.
I know that OEMs (Dell, HP, etc.) may provide driver updates often and their customers think that these need to be installed right away but...it just ain't so.
If it works and the equipment has not changed...generally, there is no reason to "update" drivers or the BIOS.
Some will disagree but this has been my experience with drivers.