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SlimDrivers - Is It Safe To Use?


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#1 Torvald

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 04:45 PM

I recently became aware of the SlimDrivers program (free version), which supposedly checks all of your systems' drivers to ensure they are up to date, and then offers a simple interface to download and install any outdated drivers it finds.

 

It seemed too good to be true, so I used it to update various drivers on several computers, and all seemed well at first.  However, one computer (mine as a matter of fact) subsequently started randomly restarting itself (no BSOD, just restarting).  It's possible that my problems are being caused by something else, possibly a beta video driver I installed separately, but I haven't gotten around to switching back to an earlier WHQL video driver just yet to check that out.

 

In the meantime, I'd like to ask the BP Community:  Has anyone else used the free version of SlimDrivers, and what is the consensus opinion on how safe it is to use?

 

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 02:27 PM

The prevailing wisdom here at BC is that, if it ain't broke don't fix it. Updating drivers just because there is a newer one is not the best thing to do. Especially if there isn't a problem to resolve. With drivers newer is not always better. That being said. You should always get your drivers from the vendor or manufacturer site not from an aggregator.

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 07:45 PM

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Thanks for the feedback.  I will take your advice and stop using SlimDrivers on our family computers.

 

Will still try to keep my video drivers up to date, but will do so directly with Nvidia.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 09:41 PM

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