Driver updates

  JoJoh 14:33 29 Dec 2003

I am aware that drivers are constantly being updated. I have tried where possible to update my drivers however this is time consuming and I am unsure sometimes where to find any replacements/updates. Usually I run the driver update option from the properties tab on Device manager.This only links to the Microsoft update
site and there is a good chance that it will not update the driver of some products.

Is there available a programme that will automatically update all of the drivers on my computer in the correct place. I downloaded a trial version of "Driver Toolkit" however I found that whilst very competent at finding all of the drivers on my system, it does not automatically update them in the correct places. I had a problem in that I don't know where the drivers are on my C\ drive and therefore when it asks for a place to put the updated version I don't have the answer. For instance, one of the driver updates that I downloaded was put onto my desktop which was the wrong place and I assume would have no effect.



  rickf 15:23 29 Dec 2003

If its on the desktop, it usually means that you have to install it from there. The desktop icon would probably be just the set-up for the installation. Double click on it anad the process of installation would follow, then just follow instructions on screen. Re the program you are after, I don't have any info. At any rate, I would not advise installing drivers enmass. It is asking for trouble.

  MichelleC 15:30 29 Dec 2003

Windrivers backup is a free tool which backs up all drivers click here I think it's got a facility to update individual drivers one at a time (best way as rickf says).

  JoJoh 15:37 29 Dec 2003

Thanks Michellec but this is the same programme as already loaded earlier today

  MichelleC 15:40 29 Dec 2003

There is a Aussi site which scans pc and updates drivers but it's subscription only. I've lost url, sorry.

  MidgetMan 16:44 29 Dec 2003

Seem to remember a programe called driver detective that does what you want,(try google search) it scanned your system then looked for updates. However I am of the school of "if it broke don't try to fix it", unless certain programmes/games are telling you to update certain drivers and if your system works fine why go to the bother??

  giggsy 16:52 29 Dec 2003

Does 'Driver Wizard' do what you require? Haven't tried it myself, but it may be worth a look.
Was on the cover disk a month back I think.

  JoJoh 17:36 29 Dec 2003

Thanks all for your help. I will try the 2 suggestions.

  Stuartli 17:43 29 Dec 2003

Driver Detective is here:

click here

or there's this one:

click here

I used to use the similarly named Driver Detective (something to do with TechRepublic), which was free, but didn't reinstall it when moving up from Win98SE to XP.

  Stuartli 11:45 30 Dec 2003

Re the old saying It's an ill wind...

Spent about two days trying to find the final driver for my Diamond SupraExpress modem when I moved onto XP a few weeks ago; eventually managed to find one.

Just checked the above link as a matter of curiosity for the same purpose and, hey presto, it found one issued only about two years ago on a never before visited foreign language website.

Even more remarkable is that the driver I had installed was about 1.4MB, the one just downloaded is under 400kb.....

Works just as it should.

  loopyloo 17:30 05 Jun 2004

I have just been to a website click here which was advised in the PC Advisor magazine which scans your computer for driver updates. It came up with 6 drivers which need updating. As I haven't paid for the full service on this web site which downloads them automatically I thought I would try and find them to download without much sucess. I then went to My computer- properties-driver updates using windows xp and it says all my drivers have the best available updates. Who is right.

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