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auto driver finder program?

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#1 normohl


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Posted 19 October 2009 - 08:52 PM

are there any programs that find your drivers you need for you? all the programs i see look like spyware, i am willing to pay for it if i don't have to find another driver again. thanks!

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 20 October 2009 - 09:50 AM

I'm not sure why people use these programs...but drivers are readily available at either the website of the system manufacturer or the motherboard manufacturer.

Contrary to what some think...drivers do not have to be updated just because newer ones are out. If the system functions are working properly, there is no reason to update or change the drivers for that function, IMO.

The one thing I will advise...do not let Windows Update automatically update your hardware drivers. There have been situations where the wrong drivers have been installed on a system which functioned well previously...but had problems after this updating via WUS.


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Posted 20 October 2009 - 01:14 PM

I must echo what Louis said: what's the point?

Also, most every driver finder program I've tried is either: a scam, malware, or crap.

Drivermax has gotten some decent reviews, though I've never used it.

If all you want to do is make a backup of your current drivers, I found this nifty batch file:

echo off
echo This driver backup batch file was developed by Lincoln Spector
echo for PC World. It will back up the folders containing your
echo hardware drivers to a folder called driverback inside My Documents.
cd "%homepath%\my documents"
md driverback
cd driverback
xcopy %windir%\help /y
xcopy %windir%\inf /r /y
xcopy %windir%\system /r /y
xcopy %windir%\system32 /r /y
xcopy %windir%\system32\drivers /r /y
cd ..
attrib -h driverback
echo The folders are backed up. You should now copy the contents of the
echo driverback folder to a CD.

#4 normohl

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 12:56 AM

the ting is i went to the site and tryed to get all the drivers and the came in .exe form and none of them worked? i do not even have the internet on the laptop i am trying to find the drivers for, i am figuring you need the internet to use that program you mentioned. i guess i will just have the call lenovo and ask them where the get them, the reason i dont want to find them all myself is because there are over 15 that are missing, that would take all day.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 07:48 AM

What Lenovo model are we dealing with?

When you say they did not work, just what happened when you tried? Error messages?

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