The results of our October 2007 Driver Survey are in. Our initial analysis of the survey data is found below.
Over 7,500 respondents participated in this survey. 72% have updated a driver before and 78% have resolved a problem they were having by installing a different driver.
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Despite the potential benefits of better performance and added stability, 28.6% of those surveyed
say they never update drivers. Moreover, 29.4% only update when something is broke.
Of novice users, 52% never update their drivers. By comparison, 53% of advanced users – update at least every 6 months.
38.5% of those running Vista are checking for new drivers at least every month. Whereas, only 17% of those running XP are checking for new drivers weekly or monthly.
Out dated drivers for video adapters, audio adapters, network cards & printers are the primary concern for those who track driver changes.
Among those who identify themselves as advanced users, 78% of those responding say video adapter drivers are of biggest concern.
Among those identified as novice users, 59.5% say printer drivers are their biggest concern.
Underscoring the value of up-to-date drivers, nearly half of those responding have used a driver update to fix a specific problem with a PC.
46.7% of advanced users responding say they are pro-active about updating drivers.
Further proof that keeping the drivers for all of your PCs updated is great idea. 90% of advanced users have resolved a problem with their PC by updating a driver. Of those who have owned their PCs for less than a year, 82% have resolved a problem with a driver update.
Overall, roughly half of all of those responding say they have rolled back a driver change. 70% of those identifying themselves as novice users have never rollbacked a driver to a previous version.
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