How do I update the drivers on my computer?

Author's Note

From doing my research about updating drivers, the overwhelming advice seems to be ... don't. Really, the general wisdom seems to be that Windows or Apple will provide pretty much everything you need for your hardware to talk to your computer. In the words of one resource, "don't fix what ain't broke." Wait until a vetted, secure source presents an update to you, and take it.

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