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What's the best driver updater for Windows 7?


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#1 kryan2424

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 04:53 PM

I reformat my PC and have just installed Windows 7. I also need to install a good driver updater but I don't know which one to use. I'm planning to use Driver Detective but my friend told me to download Atanium PC driver updater at http://www.ataniumsoftware.com/products/pc-driver-updater I haven't tried any of the two yet. Which one should I use? Please help.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 04:59 PM

NEVER use a "driver updater".

1) Always go to the websites of the various hardware manufacturers and download and install their drivers.
2) Never update drivers just because there is a newer version. Only update drivers if there is a specific need or feature.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 05:07 PM

Thank you very much for the useful information about driver updates. Drivers are always a source of frustration for me. T. :busy:

Edited by SWEET-MACK, 08 April 2011 - 05:08 PM.


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Posted 25 April 2011 - 07:23 AM

I'm just planning to have a software that will automatically update all my drivers. Well, thanks for that info. :)

Edited by kryan2424, 25 April 2011 - 07:24 AM.


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Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:46 AM

NEVER use a "driver updater".

1) Always go to the websites of the various hardware manufacturers and download and install their drivers.
2) Never update drivers just because there is a newer version. Only update drivers if there is a specific need or feature.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:54 AM

I'll just add that driver updaters foster two illusions on unknowing users:

a. That drivers need constant updating. Nothing is further from the truth. Drivers need to be updated only when a user is having problems with the current installed drivers...or newer drivers provide additional functionality or overcome a bug in former drivers.

b. That newer drivers are always best for the hardware items. Drivers that work are what is desired, not necessarily the newest drivers, which may present compatibility problems, particularly if the drivers are written for the newest hardware and the user has anything but those particular hardware items.

Drivers are not like Windows. Windows requires constant updating, due to security vulnerabilities developing every day, thanks to the efforts of those misanthropes who develop malware.

A working driver is a good driver, no need to fool with it until the hardware item develops a problem functioning properly.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 03:05 PM

Excellent advice, Louis. :)

Edited by keyboardNinja, 25 April 2011 - 03:05 PM.

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 05:18 PM

Thanks for the reminder. Old Vid card working fine with old driver :)..
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Posted 10 May 2011 - 05:11 PM

I'm late sorry. I would never have a auto update anything on my computer. For sure not a auto driver updater program.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 05:28 AM

If it aint broke.. You know the rest




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