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#1 Jeff10802


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 04:52 PM

Can anyone offer a good program that will alert me to and download updated drivers for my pc?

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#2 SpywareDoc


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 05:31 PM

If you make sure and visit Windows update on the second Tuesday of every month (or after), they will keep your computer updated with most drivers.

#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 06:37 PM

In general drivers only need to be updated if you are having a problem with the hardware they control. If the hardware is working properly - whether it is internal hardware like audio or external hardware like a printer - then there is no need to update the drivers. Having old hardware drivers on a computer does not pose a security risk unlike an unpatched OS or indeed some applications so there is no need to update them from a security point of view.


Further, if you are having problems with any of your hardware, the best place to get updates to the drivers from is the manufacturer's web-site - not from some third party's software application.


Remember -"If it ain't broke, don't fix it !"


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 06:42 AM

FWIW:  IMO, Windows Update is the worst place to ever download drivers from.  If it's an OEM system...go to the manufacturer's website and get the drivers posted for your system.  If it's a non-OEM system put together by you or someone else...go to the manufacturer of the component webpage and download appropriate drivers.


The drivers CD for motherboards...contain the drivers which are known to work with that system.  Looking to "update" such can be a total exercise in frustration, unless you have some indication that updated drivers will address some known problem that you have with the system...and cannot resolve such.



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