What is the best way/software to get the latest drivers for my PC?

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  1. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
       #1

    What is the best way/software to get the latest drivers for my PC?


    Hi,

    I've always used Driver Booster by Iobit to update my drivers, but sometimes it installs the wrong drivers (especially in regards to Realtek Audio drivers). Windows Update also doesn't do a very good job of finding missing drivers or updating old ones. And also my manufacturer's website lists old drivers for my PC, as I can find newer ones on the web. What is the best way to update my drivers? How do you guys update yours?
    P.S. Also my BIOS as well, how can I know what is the latest BIOS version available?
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  2. Posts : 8,632
    Mac OS Catalina
       #2

    Let Windows update when they need to be. If you are having issues with certain drivers such as display, printer or networking, the OEM website for your device or mfg of that device is the best place. Do not use the so called Driver Update tools. They do more harm than good.

    Only update your bios if the Motherboard or OEM has issued an update.
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  3. Posts : 3,969
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #3

    melkiadeswin10 said:
    've always used Driver Booster by Iobit to update my drivers, but sometimes it installs the wrong drivers (especially in regards to Realtek Audio drivers). Windows Update also doesn't do a very good job of finding missing drivers or updating old ones. And also my manufacturer's website lists old drivers for my PC, as I can find newer ones on the web. What is the best way to update my drivers? How do you guys update yours?
    P.S. Also my BIOS as well, how can I know what is the latest BIOS version available?
    Stay away! These programs and sites are, IMHO, toxic!

    Go to your vendor's support website for the proper technical resources available for your specific computer.

    That's all...
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  4. Posts : 7,087
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #4

    I never use those driver tools. I use the drivers provided by Windows unless there is a newer version offered by the motherboard or PC manufacturer's web site. I use the latest WHQL GPU drivers provided direct by NVidia & AMD. A couple of times a year I run the Intel driver utility but that rarely finds a new driver.
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  5. Posts : 34,931
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    This topic keeps rearing its ugly head time and again.

    If you search the forum you will find threads with assessment of the comparative outcome of using some of these drive updaters, and the variable results.

    Sometimes referred to as 'Snake Oil'.

    If all works well, do nothing. Of course, you may of the view 'If it's working well, let's see if we can make it work better' - at the risk of breaking it of course.

    There is, as I've posted a number of times, one exception when I'd use e.g. Drivermax. Example- an older PC upgraded to a non-supported version of Windows, missing driver that couldn't be found by normal means.

    There is one other circumstance where finding a driver can be hard- when you need an older one. I don't know of one of these tools that helps with that.

    Note that Lenovo systems have what seems to be an excellent system updater.

    It's true system manufacturers/MS may not keep up to date with the latest driver for particular models- but ask what in practice you gain?

    If it ain't broke, don't update your driver.. ? At least not with these tools.
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  6. Posts : 5,181
    Windows 11 Home
       #6

    The updated computer starts faster, runs cooler, and is more snappy.
    Driver Easy - user's review by a former skeptic

    Not to mention, that driver updates also fix security vulnerabilities, so it is strange, that people recommending windows updates ignore driver updates. Windows does not focus on updating drivers, it merely installs drivers in order to get the device working, like the default Realtek LAN driver is from 2015, yet people reported, that updating the driver increased their network speed and fixed problems, obviously.
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  7. Posts : 11,379
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #7

    melkiadeswin10 said:
    And also my manufacturer's website lists old drivers for my PC ... What is the best way to update my drivers? How do you guys update yours? ... Also my BIOS
    - Use the OEM [computer maker] for as long as they keep updating drivers & Bios.
    - After they stop making updates, dependable hardware makers such as Intel can be tried for their hardware instead & Windows update can also be used {including through Device manager, ..., Update driver}. Make a system image before updating because the computer maker might have tailored the hardware driver to fit in with everything else so a raw driver from the likes of Intel might cause problems.


    melkiadeswin10 said:
    also my manufacturer's website lists old drivers for my PC
    So what? Perhaps they remain the most suitable drivers.

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 25 Sep 2019 at 05:58.
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  8. Posts : 4,573
    Windows 10 Pro
       #8

    Agreed, if the driver is doing its job, then there`s no need to go and look for a new driver.

    The only driver you should or might update is nvidia`s GPU driver, because nvidia likes to put out a new driver every other week

    But seriously, just open Device Manager and right click the item you want to check and choose Update Driver, if Device Manager tells you you have the best driver, then don`t worry about it.
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  9. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Alright, thank you very much everybody for your input, you've changed my mind regarding driver updaters.
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  10. Posts : 3,969
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #10

    melkiadeswin10 said:
    Alright, thank you very much everybody for your input, you've changed my mind regarding driver updaters.
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