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How To Fix Video Drivers

Jul 20, 2008
Video driver errors can be a frequent problem for some computer users, and at times it may seem hopeless. Video drivers that do not work correctly, or even work at all, can be caused by a number of different issues, but there are some things you can do to fix your video drivers that are quick and effective. Some video driver errors may occur simply because your video drivers are an older version, instead of the newest version of the driver.

Steps To Stop Video Driver Errors

The first thing you should do if you are getting video driver errors, or your video driver is not working at all, is to update any drivers which have updates available. Many times this will stop the problem, without you ever doing anything else to your system. It is a good idea to follow all the suggestions, however, because fixing video driver errors is not the only thing these processes accomplish, they also help increase your PC speed and performance. When you update the video drivers on your system, you will get drivers that are faster and more efficient, without any annoying video driver errors.

Once you have updated the video drivers on your computer, it is a good idea to back up the drivers, so that you have a copy of the valid video drivers. This step will be invaluable if your computer crashes, or your drivers become corrupted. Having a backup of all the drivers on your system will allow you to install any of them again if you need to, saving you time and aggravation.

After you have updated and backed up your drivers, run a virus and spyware scan, to make sure that no malicious software programs are not on your system. A virus, worm, or Trojan can do damage to any area of your computer, including the video drivers. If you do not have these software programs available, then you should find good anti virus and anti spyware software and install it immediately. Without these programs your computer system is not safe and secure, and you may get video driver error messages of all kinds if your computer is infected.

One of the most effective ways to fix your video drivers and stop any error messages is by cleaning out the Windows Registry. The registry of your PC holds all the keys and entries for all programs, and if you are editing the registry manually great care should be taken. If the wrong key or file is deleted you can crash your system or even permanently damage the operating system. Because of the huge risks involved, it is not recommended that users who are not expert in programming computers ever manually edit the registry.

There is another way, and this is using a registry cleaner. This is a software program that was designed to safely and effectively clean the registry, with very little work or time required. These software programs offer a very low risk alternative to a high risk chore, editing your registry. Cleaning the registry will eliminate any video driver error problems, and will also speed up your computer while improving your performance.
About the Author
Brian Williams is a self-confessed PC fiddler dedicated to 'spreading the word' when it comes to fixing PC errors and helping people make the most use of their PCs. For FREE ACCESS to more PC tips n' tricks, just visit Optimize-Your-PC.com.
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