No that very clear thankyou. Your reply was very helpful.It is generally considered good practice to keep drivers etc. up to date.
During use, bugs and problems can be found in sets of drivers. As a manufacturer identifies and fixes these bugs an updated version of the drivers is normally released to resolve the problem.
I have never come across a company that charges for driver updates, generally speaking they are obliged to fix 'bugs' in their own software code. If, however, they are releasing a big change / update to a program (MS Office, Windows etc) then that is more likely to have a fee attached as they need to cover their development costs.
Windows itself will keep its own sotware up to date as part of the Automatic Updates process. For specific hardware drivers (graphics cards, network cards, sound cards, etc) then it is generally better to check the manufactures website for driver updates as Windows often lags a fair bit behind in that area.
The advantages are a little subjective depending on who you talk to Some people will say that if you aren't haveing any problems with your system then why bother, back to the old analogy of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. However, if you think you have a problem with your system one of the first things to check is for driver updates as your problem may be a know issue and an update exists that will fix it.
Hopefully that makes some degree of sense and I haven't waffled too much
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