Windows 10: Anyone know a legit (non-scam/junk mail) drivers source/site?

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  1.    04 Apr 2016 #1

    Anyone know a legit (non-scam/junk mail) drivers source/site?


    Does anyone know of a legit (non-scam/junk mail/overbearing) driver-fetching utility or website? The closest I came to something like that Was Driver Detective, but even that wanted to install a systray utility, send me emails, etc.

    I support about 15-20 friends and family, so installing (and *paying*) to install Driver Detective, I'm hoping to find a legitimate site that would let me input the VID and PID info for a device and find the best driver. I'm not opposed to paying, say, $50 per year for access to something like this.
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  2.    04 Apr 2016 #2

    I know of no non-invasive or real effective driver sniffer, installer, maintenance, program.
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  3.    04 Apr 2016 #3

    I get my drivers from the manufacturer's websites. If I'm not having any issues and have no "unknown devices" or exclamation points in device drivers, I don't worry too much about getting the latest and greatest drivers for my hardware above and beyond the built in Windows updates. In fact I have found that sometimes the latest and greatest drivers have bugs and/or don't perform as well as the next to latest and greatest.
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  4. Posts : 1,751
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       04 Apr 2016 #4

    Many driver update sites started as helpful free services, but have become, dare I say, corrupted, by Adware, Subscription, Pay-per-download monetarization and unverified, unfit-for-purpose and potentially damaging drivers from unsafe sources.

    I cannot say that it does not cost money to run a website that checks, verifies and guarantees that the software that it provides is safe and in working order, and uses online software that checks systems for outdated drivers, and supplies solutions to problems it finds, but the drivers that these sites provide are free at source.

    I only use these Driver sites to identify out-of-date versions of drivers, but always go to verified sources for downloads - meaning the device manufacturers, or the Windows Update site, where at least you can complain about inappropriate or bad drivers, and in cases where the latest driver does not support older hardware, to the device manufacturer's support forums.

    Used to be that DriverMax would back-up your drivers, and update their sources from your drivers, and supply drivers FOC, but that required an install of software, and now needs some payment, I believe.

    I use Google to search VID and PID, then whichever driver site that comes up to ID the latest version, and Google again for a source OEM support site for that, once I know the Vendor.
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  5.    04 Apr 2016 #5

    Such a site or utility may well exist but I lack the inclination to spend the considerable time required to find something I wouldn't care to use anyway. I prefer to obtain drivers from the manufacturer.

    There was a time in the Windows 98 days when I tried some of these utilities but had some unpleasant experiences. I doubt the current situation is any better. Most likely it is worse. It is not unusual for these utilities to suggest older or inappropriate drivers, and they may be packaged with unwanted programs or outright malware. Such programs appeal to the inexperienced who are easy prey.
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  6.    04 Apr 2016 #6

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    Used to be that DriverMax would back-up your drivers, and update their sources from your drivers, and supply drivers FOC, but that required an install of software, and now needs some payment, I believe.
    This free, no-nonsense utility has helped me a lot over the years!
    "Double Driver is a very simple and useful tool which not only allows you to view all the drivers installed on your system but also allows you to backup, restore, save and print all chosen drivers."
    BooZet Freeware | Double Driver - backup and restore installed drivers

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    I use Google to search VID and PID, then whichever driver site that comes up to ID the latest version, and Google again for a source OEM support site for that, once I know the Vendor.
    Yep. That's the route I've been doing.
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  7.    04 Apr 2016 #7

    PCI Database is useful too.
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  8.    04 Apr 2016 #8

    I've tried a bunch of them, and for a long time found DriverAgent from eSupport (the company that also builds AMI BIOSes) to be the best. My only problems with this tool were lots of false positives (program tells me I need a driver, but I am either unable to install what's said to be missing, or when I try to run the installer, it comes back and gives me some kind of failure message: most often "Your system doesn't meet minimum installer requirements" or suchlike). Late last fall I was approached by SlimWare Utilities and offered access to their DriverUpdate program. It is even more accurate and has so far given me less than a handful of false positives for 7 different PCs, laptops, and tablets over that period. Both programs cost less than $50 a year, and each is good for one or more PCs (I subscribe for 50 UNC names to DriverAgent for $65 a year, and DriverUpdate costs $30 a year). You might want to check them out and see if you like them. Both have some kind of money back if not satisfied offer, so you can get a refund if you decide you're unhappy within 30 days of plunking down your hard-earned cash.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
    Links to DriverAgent, DriverUpdate
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  9.    04 Apr 2016 #9

    @EdTittel - thank you!
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  10. Posts : 2,678
    Windows 10.4 Home 1703 x64 16288.1000
       05 Apr 2016 #10

    I use Driver Easy Free , it seems nice, if you only want to identify missing drivers.
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