Do you use one of the driver update programs?.

  spuds 14:25 10 Nov 2014
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Recently I have been reading a little about the various driver updating programs, and how at least one computer magazines suggest that you should use them.

Iobit Driver Booster 2 and Slimdrivers seem to have good reviews, and perhaps more so if used together. Apparently what one misses the other finds.

Do you do any regular driver checks, or are you like me, seldom bother, with the attitude "if all's well - don't mess".

What's your views and opinions?.

  Batch 17:38 10 Nov 2014

In the main - if it ain't broke don't fix.

If I'm doing a clean install I'd tend to download the latest though.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:30 10 Nov 2014

Only bother if I'm having a problem as far as drivers are concerned

However I do update programs to make sure securty breahes are blocked or I get extra functions.

  spuds 19:21 10 Nov 2014
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Seems like the general opinion is perhaps not to bother, something I mentioned I did earlier.

Seems strange though that a computer magazine was seemingly suggesting that its worth doing.

I'll tick this, please add further if you wish.

  alanrwood 10:44 11 Nov 2014

I use both the programs you mention and in the main they both work well however occasionally they both screw up so always create a restore point before using them. The drivers I have found to be careful of are the AMD video ones so I never install them automatically, I do it as a separate operation after installing all the others first.

I also had a problem once with the AHCI driver on just one machine out of 10.

  sunnystaines 00:33 12 Nov 2014

spuds best advice in my book, set up a favourites folder with links to your laptop or motherboard drivers website and get drivers from there, and one for your graphics, printer drivers from the makers webs etc.

  alanrwood 10:19 12 Nov 2014

Just to even up the discussion I just did a reinstall from scratch on one of my laptops. After installing everything including MS updates and all the programs I took a disk image before using Slim Drivers and IOBit Driver Booster. I used the Slim Diver program to update everything and then the IOBit to update the couple that Slim Drivers had not found. Afterwards the laptop booted no problem so I have now taken another Disk Image to replace the previous one.

No program is ever perfect but so long as you take sensible precautions ie backup first, these 2 programs do save lots of time.

  alanrwood 10:10 19 Nov 2014

Jock1e

Can't see any reason that you think Measupport is spamming. His advice is to use the manufacturer's site for drivers so no gain to him in this.

  Ian in Northampton 10:16 19 Nov 2014

I think Jock1e OD'ed on his paranoia pills this morning...

But back to the topic: while I understand the rationale for backing up your drivers in case you need to reinstall them, I'll never understand those who feel they always have to have the latest version of their drivers just for the sake of having the latest version. By all means, if you know that a new version of a driver gives you reliability, functionality or performance you currently don't have and need, then by all means go for it - but if there's one guaranteed way of screwing up a perfectly good, working system, it's arbitrarily updating the drivers for no good reason.

  Ian in Northampton 11:42 19 Nov 2014

Jock1e: if anything, we should be thrilled to know that a guy from a PC support company visits the forum to pick up our pearls of wisdom and perhaps learn something. LOL...

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