Modern computer systems generally don’t impose the need for installation of drivers. For the most part, new operating systems already have built-in drivers for common computer hardware and peripherals.
This is why most of the time, devices can be used immediately after plugging it into the computer. There’s already a program that allows smooth communication between the device and the computer’s software. However, this isn’t always the case.
While it may indeed be true that regular hardware and peripherals can be used in a plug-and-play manner, there are special devices wherein the need to find, download, and install a driver is necessary. This can be true for old devices that modern computers have already neglected, or new devices that are loaded with features.
One example of an older device that might need a driver is a game controller that still uses archaic ports in order to communicate with the computer. And an example of feature-rich devices that need its special driver is a modern game controller that has more buttons than usual. Since the operating system is likely to have drivers only for the typical game controller, the buttons on the special controller will be useless if no specific driver is installed.
The good news for new devices is that these drivers are generally available on the manufacturer’s website for free driver Download. The problem is that manufacturers usually don’t make it any easier to find the actual driver. A user who isn’t well-versed in technology will definitely be grasping at straws. On the other hand, old devices are unlikely to have downloadable drivers on their manufacturer’s website. Considering some of these manufacturers may have already shut down their business.
Fortunately, there are websites that have complete libraries of drivers, old and new. More so that they have the drivers neatly categorized for perusal.