Solved Is Driver Detective any good?

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May 5, 2013 at 01:48:42
Specs: Windows 7 64 Home, Phenon 2.2ghz 4gb
Is Driver Detective any good? I run a home based computer repair business and I find that I am spending a lot of time searching for drivers for the various computers I have. I am ideally needing some sort of software that detects what hardware is installed on the machine and automatically downloads the required drivers. Is there any software that you recommend? Ideally free software but I am willing to pay a one off fee if it allows many multiple installations on many computers.
Best regards Sean

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#1
May 5, 2013 at 03:27:18
That kind of software is not recommended and you should never have to pay for drivers.
It's recommended you go directly to the motherboard or computer manufacturer's website, then you know exactly what you are downloading.

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#2
May 5, 2013 at 06:15:26
I agree with phil22. Stay away from "driver finder" programs. Unless you're working with older obscure hardware, drivers shouldn't be too difficult to find, you just need to know where to look - motherboard manufacturer websites, hardware manufacturer websites, OEM websites, etc. Create a list of bookmarks for future reference. Here's a short list to get you started:

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/de...

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownlo...

http://www.nvidia.com/Download/inde...

http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/

http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content...

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers...

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/support-dr...


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#3
May 8, 2013 at 03:51:14
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Driver Detective and other similar programs will not identify unknown hardware, they simply try & look for updated versions of drivers you already have, and, from experience, I can say that they don't do a very good job, often screwing up systems completely.

As has been said, links to manufacturer websites are your best source of drivers/information and for the 'unknown devices' being able to read the hardware id information is also a useful skill - http://www.pcidatabase.com/ helps with identification. Finally it can often be as simple as asking customers for any disks they may have originally received with the computer.

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