How to reduce unnecessary drivers in Windows 10

Like its predecessors, once you've run Windows 10 for a while, it can suffer from driver bloat. But using DriverStore Explorer and some simple techniques, you whittle down the number of obsolete or unused drivers that might be slowing you down.

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Over time on Windows systems, it's inevitable that old device drivers are supplanted by new ones. Even on systems where drivers aren't rigorously maintained, Windows Update will typically update or replace, on average, a dozen drivers annually.

Those who pursue driver currency more vigorously may use tools like the Intel Driver Update utility, GeForce Experience (an Nvidia tool that checks graphics, sound and 3D drivers) or outright driver management tools such as eSupport's DriverAgent or Slimware Utilities’ Driver Update to check and update drivers on their Windows PCs (whether Windows 7, 8 or 10.) The Intel and Nvidia offerings concentrate on devices they make, whereas general-purpose driver update tools like those just mentioned from eSupport and Slimware Utilities check all of them – and point you at drivers in need of updating, with varying degrees of help and support in getting them installed.

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