Updating my windows xp
If you nodded your head as you were reading that last sentence, you are probably a good candidate for Windows XP Automatic Updates.
Whenever the word Automatic comes along people tend to balk because it smacks of taking away control. Even if you find the concept objectionable, Automatic Updates can be to your advantage while allowing you to retain the control of what gets updated.
Tip: Updating drivers yourself is not difficult, but there are programs that will more or less do it for you.
See my List of Free Driver Updater Tools for reviews of the best ones out there.
As the installed user base of XP increases, reports of updates effectively crippling a machine that was previously in excellent working condition are becoming common.
It's easy to blame Automatic Update for this situation, but the truth is it's not the fault of Automatic Update.
You might need to update drivers in Windows when a new piece of hardware you've installed doesn't work automatically or maybe after upgrading to a new version of Windows.
Time Required: It usually takes around 15 minutes to update a driver a Windows, even less time if the driver is self-installable or you get it via Windows Update (more on all of that below).
Follow the easy steps below to update drivers in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP: Optional Walkthrough: If you'd like to follow the process below, but with more details and screenshots for each step, use my Step by Step Guide to Updating Drivers in Windows instead.