How do I know if I need to update my graphics drivers?

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My computer has been through windows update, (100s of updates to install, as computer was sitting around for a while), but I am not sure if the graphics card drivers and the other drivers were updated.
 
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I think most people would agree that (1) if you want to upgrade hardware, you should go to the website of the firm that made the component and (2) if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

There are various tools available online that claim to automate the whole process but I would be wary of those myself. If you have a program like Speccy;http://www.piriform.com/speccy you can find out what versions of sound and graphics cards etc. you currently have and then check the makers websites to see if there are later drivers available (if you're sure you really need them).
 

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I do not even know if they are outdated, how do I find out? I do not even know what graphics card that computer has.
 
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I have no personal experience of updating hardware so I only know what I have read elsewhere.

I can only think of two major reasons for updating graphics or sound cards, the first would be because of performance problems (which, I assume, would be obvious to the computer user) and the second would be to make them compatible with newer OS's like Windows 7 & 8 or capable of handling new technical developments like 3D or surround sound etc. As you have an old OS (like me) you are unlikely to see much benefit from installing the very latest drivers that are available if your system can't actually use the ' new, improved' features.

You can find out what hardware you have by using a program like Speccy, which I mentioned in my first post, or the even more detailed SIW;http://www.gtopala.com/
 
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