1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 18
    windows 10 pro
       09 Aug 2015 #1

    How to check for drivers for free?


    How can I find out all the driver I have and find out if there are any new ones available. I was wondering if there are any free programs that can check my pc for me.

    Any ideas please.
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  2. Joined : Aug 2015
    Texas, U.S.
    Posts : 24
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       09 Aug 2015 #2

    You can manually check, using device manager to see if their are missing devices, or problematic devices.
    It is suggested that you do not use 3rd party apps for driver updates, as windows update should do the job, besides a few other specifics which according to your rig i don't think you will run into.
    If you really want to use a 3rd party app, then i have used this one before just to see how it works, it safely worked for me.
    Download Driver Booster 2 Free, the most Effective Driver Updater, to Update Drivers in ONE Click - IObit
    Once again, if the drivers work and are not problematic its suggested to leave them alone unless you want to take advantage of the latest gaming software, etc.
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  3. Joined : Nov 2013
    Chicagoland
    Posts : 20,838
    Tower: W8.1; Laptop: W10 Pro build 10586; Windows Phone 8
       09 Aug 2015 #3

    Hello, dawnrenee1988. Welcome to Windows Ten Forums.

    In addition in case you don't know how to open Device Manager press the Windows key and start typing Device Manager then press Enter. When Device Manager opens check at the left. If there are problem devices then a yellow warning triangle will appear. If you see one report back here.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
    Posts : 1,960
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       09 Aug 2015 #4

    In addition in case you don't know how to open Device Manager press the Windows key and start typing Device Manager then press Enter
    Faster if you right click on start button or Win+X then select Device Manager

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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
    Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       09 Aug 2015 #5

    dawnrenee1988 said: View Post
    .....
    I was wondering if there are any free programs that can check my pc for me.
    This is how people end up with BSODs.
    The only time you need to update a driver is if there is an issue with the current driver.

    Since Windows 7, MS has been doing a great job providing drivers that work with Windows. Windows 8 was nearly perfect in that area and Win10 is carrying that effort forward.

    I strongly recommend NOT using a third party driver finder. Let Windows manage the drivers.

    If and only if there is a feature that you absolutely need in a newer driver, then and only then can you test install it. If it causes issues you can roll back to the previous driver. This way you control what gets installed, not a 3rd party 'helper' that cause issues on some machines.

    If you really get stuck, TenForums has a bunch of folks that are volunteering their time to help other members.
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  6. Joined : Nov 2013
    Chicagoland
    Posts : 20,838
    Tower: W8.1; Laptop: W10 Pro build 10586; Windows Phone 8
       09 Aug 2015 #6

    topgundcp said: View Post
    Faster if you right click on start button or Win+X then select Device Manager
    It is eh?
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  7. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 79
    Windows 10 Pro
       09 Aug 2015 #7

    Windows update is not perfect and won't work with (legacy) devices that are no longer supported or messing up current working drivers. In which case, you will need to roll back, have backups of installers or drivers in place (in case a manufacturer ceases operations) or directly from manufacturer support pages. And as others said, only update drivers if you are experiencing issues with the current one. Otherwise, just leave it well enough alone. If it ain't broke, don't fix it...
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 735
    Windows 10 Home x64
       10 Aug 2015 #8

    You could copy & paste the VEN and DEV ids (from hardware manager) into

    DevID.info – free driver search and update utility
    PCI Vendor and Device Lists
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