Driver updating software?

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  1. Posts : 271
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (20H2) / Linux Mint 20 64-bit (Cinnamon)
       #1

    Driver updating software?


    Hi,

    Anyone used a driver updater that looks for new driver software updates? Could please recommend any? I was using Avast Driver Updater, but I'm wanting something better.
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  2. Posts : 101
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (dual boot)
       #2

    You should avoid using that type of third-party app for scanning and obtaining device updates.

    If your computer needs driver updates and is a self-built one, you should obtain them at its motherboard's support site.

    If your computer is a factory-brand one, you should obtain them at its support site.

    You can also obtain them at the device's vendor site (AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Realtek, etc.).
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  3. Posts : 7,089
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #3

    I don't use such sites. I rely on Windows update to keep drivers up to date. Every 6 months or so I peruse the motherboard suppliers site and the OEM sites for key peripherals like printers, mouse, GPU etc to see if there are later drivers.
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  4. Posts : 1,412
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    Snappy Driver Installer Origin (the Origin version is essential. Being open source, other "Snappy Driver Installers" are just junk copies).

    But should be used ABSOLUTELY ONLY when a driver is missing or is faulty. Despite the fact that it does provide the service, NEVER, EVER use a driver program just for the sake of an update, simply because they say another driver is available.

    Use with discretion and use judiciously. Random updates for the sake of it frequently end in tears, and the user is soon back in this forum looking for a solution.
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  5. Posts : 5,183
    Windows 11 Home
       #5

    Download FREE version - Driver Easy

    Free version has a limited speed, but once you find out the driver version, you can download it anywhere.

    https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com

    Free Windows Device Driver Downloads

    They have also a great Windows support for problems with drivers:

    Knowledge Base Archive - Driver Easy
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  6. Posts : 34,961
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    To consider: the basics:

    If you don't have problems, why go looking for driver updates?

    What do you gain by trying to update drivers when your PC is working well?

    Do you perhaps hope for some magical 30% speed increase?

    The ONLY possible reason I might use a driver updater tool is if all other ways of trying to find a particular driver have failed.

    Bottom line: if all is well, using one will gain you nothing and put you at risk.
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  7. Posts : 2,754
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #7

    I am with idgat on this one. I use SDIO only for missing (Not installed) drivers. 99,99% of the time Windows Update just does its work properly.
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  8. Posts : 266
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
       #8

    Steve C said:
    I don't use such sites. I rely on Windows update to keep drivers up to date. Every 6 months or so I peruse the motherboard suppliers site and the OEM sites for key peripherals like printers, mouse, GPU etc to see if there are later drivers.
    Totally agree with @Steve C, getting and updating drivers via WU is convinient. Personally, I find the HP support and driver website a bit of difficult to comprehend, even for a person with technical skills. For 3rd party tools for drivers - well, forget it...
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  9. Posts : 7,456
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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  10. Posts : 56,062
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #10

    Simply put, drivers are best left up to the system to manage, and then to the Vendor. Any other source is superfluous and potentially dangerous.

    A common term for 3rd party Driver Updaters or Boosters or Do-it-alls is Snake Oil, in any language.
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