Solved How should I check and update my drivers?

July 17, 2015 at 16:22:54
Specs: Windows 7
I know third-party driver scanners are bad news, but is there a way to safely check for outdated drivers, without going one by one through the registry? Isn't there a program that automates this process for you, that isn't dangerous?

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#1
July 17, 2015 at 16:33:30
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Safest way is to go to your computer manufacturer and see what they offer, then check against what is installed. Alternatively don't worry about them until something happens that makes you feel a new driver might help.

You are dead right about third party scanners. Note that we have had the odd spammer on here at times, so be cautious if you get some gushy glowing response which looks like marketing blurb.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
July 17, 2015 at 16:52:26
I should have added that Device Manager is useful for this. It also has a "check for updates" feature against each item.

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#3
July 17, 2015 at 16:56:27
Thank you. I sort of knew this, but am not sure how to tell whether the scores of nagging little problems are due to some obscure driver misbehaving. Perhaps the reason these programs are so popular is that people want peace of mind in knowing there isn't a problem just waiting to explode on your system. Wouldn't it be nice to have a program you could run periodically just to check and be sure that everything is just as it should be? That any problems you have are probably software-bound?

I could see something where you picked your computer from a drop-down list (or it queried your system directly). Something less intense than going without your machine for a few days while paying a tech $150 for a computer tune-up. . .

Perhaps even incorporate some free tests for virii and rootkits?

Well, thank you anyway. I will assume the small weird things are not driver related unless something specific fails. . . or do audio driver fails no longer manifest themselves in printer issues?


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#4
July 17, 2015 at 19:54:07
It's not difficult to manually update drivers. As long as you're somewhat computer savvy & you know your system specs, simply check occasionally. Computer manufacturer sites don't always have the latest available drivers so it's always good to check & compare with the individual hardware manufacturer's sites. Graphics & chipset drivers are easy - check AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA. Network & sound are slightly more difficult, but once you know the make/model, it's just a matter of doing a search.

3rd party "driver finders" often contain malware, spyware, or worse. They should be avoided. And you should NEVER pay for such crapware.

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#5
July 18, 2015 at 12:10:41
Updating drivers can at odd times fix issues but it shouldn't be seen as the normal way out of trouble by any means. If you let us know the main niggles you are having maybe we can help. As so many problems these days are malware related running these three freebies is likely to find and fix things. They are quite safe and often find what anti-virus programs miss (run them in the order given):

AdwCleaner:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Cleaning" button.

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run JRT. It might appear to have stopped at times or flash the screen but sit tight until it has finished.

MalwareBytes:
http://filehippo.com/download_malwa...
(green Download button top right - not anything else on the page)
Install and Run the program but before doing its Scan go to "Settings > Detection and Protection" and put a checkmark in "Scan for rootkits". Quarantine anything it finds.

If any of them find something please copy/paste the logs on here so that we can see what is going on.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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