Windows 10: Can someone assist me on getting my drivers updated?

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  1. Posts : 964
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       10 Feb 2017 #1

    Can someone assist me on getting my drivers updated?


    I am having a hard time understanding the ASUS website with their drivers. I have ran the ASUS Live Update utility and it found no updated drivers. But according to my specs, there are newer versions of the drivers available on the ASUS website. If I need to post my Specs I can, but someone will have to assist me on that also.

    Thanks!
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  2.    10 Feb 2017 #2

    Hi Jesse

    First, and I'm not challenging you, why do you want to update your drivers? Are you experiencing an issue or worst a BSOD. My general rule if it ain't broke don't fix it. Updating drivers does not always make things better.

    That said if you want to proceed. First get an Imaging tool and be familiar with how to use it.

    Please check out Macrium Reflect as an Imaging tool. It is recommended and used by members on this forum. It is free, reliable and a fast way to restore to a working system.
    Macrium Reflect - Backup and Restore

    Create an Image of your machine as it is today and create their boot disk. This is your safety net, please understand how to create the right Image. The tutorial and Macrium information is really good. Test your boot disk.

    You also want to to ensure restore points are enabled and you have sufficient space allocated. If you have a big drive you can spare some space and then claim it back.

    The first way to update drivers is let Windows do it for you. Unless you shut it off it should be doing this today.

    If you want to get from Asus, then go to Asus and download the drivers you want. Keep some notes, sometimes the naming could be better on their part. Also note version and date. They will come down as zip files. Once they are downloaded right click on a zipped folder, select extract all. It should create a folder with the same name only it won't be zip.

    Go to device manager for the driver you want to update. Note driver version and date. Compare this against information from Asus files you downloaded. Create a restore point. Go back to folder you unzipped, find setup exe and double click. Allow it to proceed through security / UAC checks. I like to reboot after install and then head to device manager and confirm there is a new version and date.

    I would take it easy on drivers. Say one every three days, longer if you don't use a lot. This way when you get into trouble you can try rolling back driver or use your restore point. If you load a bunch in you won't know which one is causing issue. Monitor and when you are happy load another. Be prepared for some bumps along the path.

    If you have additional questions please post back. Please know how to Image, it can save you a clean install and a lot of pain. I couldn't find your machine but there were a lot of drivers for similar machines.


    Ken
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  3. Posts : 964
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit 15063 Multiprocessor Free
    Thread Starter
       10 Feb 2017 #3

    It's an ASUS R540SA, if that helps. I will take it easy on the drivers. Just didn't know if I should update them or not. So far I have had no problems with it.
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  4.    11 Feb 2017 #4

    Jesse Williams said: View Post
    It's an ASUS R540SA, if that helps. I will take it easy on the drivers. Just didn't know if I should update them or not. So far I have had no problems with it.
    You have visited here, I suppose:

    Asus support

    There are two basic philosophies. One is: if it's not broken, don't fix it. The second is: if it's not broken, mess with it until it breaks.

    I usually subscribe to the second. (If I maintain an image of the Windows disc, the risk is minimal.) BIOS updates are riskier, because they may be difficult or impossible to undo.
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  5.    11 Feb 2017 #5

    I'm on the opposite side of bobkn , I use the 'if it ain't broke , leave well alone' side..unless the item in question has it's own driver update app and it informs me there is an update available.
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  6.    11 Feb 2017 #6

    I would leave alone.

    I would still highly recommend learning Imaging. If you have an old machine lying around then you can experiment. Comes in really handy for all sorts of reasons. Hardware failures, bad updates, malware reversal and human error.

    Jesse, can I ask, did you disable driver updates in Windows? If not, it is interesting that it is not doing it for you. I disable driver updates and I understand with the Creator's release due this Spring they are going to make this very easy. It is already easy, they are just going to make it really easy.

    Lots of vendors tweak drivers for their specific builds so the vanilla drivers from vendor can get you to "Its broke".


    Ken
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  7.    11 Feb 2017 #7

    I'm another of the leave well alone club, unless there is an obvious problem, if Asus Live Update says there are no drivers then you are probably up to date anyway for your revision of the motherboard.
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  8. Posts : 964
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit 15063 Multiprocessor Free
    Thread Starter
       11 Feb 2017 #8

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    I would leave alone.

    I would still highly recommend learning Imaging. If you have an old machine lying around then you can experiment. Comes in really handy for all sorts of reasons. Hardware failures, bad updates, malware reversal and human error.

    Jesse, can I ask, did you disable driver updates in Windows? If not, it is interesting that it is not doing it for you. I disable driver updates and I understand with the Creator's release due this Spring they are going to make this very easy. It is already easy, they are just going to make it really easy.

    Lots of vendors tweak drivers for their specific builds so the vanilla drivers from vendor can get you to "Its broke".


    Ken
    I don't remember disabling driver updates. Why do you ask?
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  9.    11 Feb 2017 #9

    I think most who have chased a "Bad" driver are in the boat, leave alone. Not that the other philosophy is wrong, it just can consume some time.

    Jesse, I ask as Windows 10 updates drivers, or is supposed to, unless you tell it otherwise.

    Here are the steps to disable.

    Windows + R keys
    Enter Sysdm.cpl
    Click on Hardware tab
    Click on Device Installation Settings
    Click on No
    A menu appears (first time) click Never Install driver software.
    You may get a warning. Click the option that says I’ll take care of it (not exact words)


    I don't want you to disable just go up to and perform "Click on Device Installation Settings". A screen opens. Is it set to Yes?
    Then cancel back out.
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  10.    11 Feb 2017 #10

    I base my decisions on what I see in Device Manager. If nothing is broken there, I don't usually install drivers directly from my motherboard vendor.

    My only exception here is my video card driver. I keep my Nvidia driver up to date.
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