Windows 10: Driver Updates

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  1.    10 Sep 2017 #1

    Driver Updates


    Hello, I'm looking for a free program that can scan my computer for bad drivers, updated drivers, etc.

    When I updated from Windows 8.1 to 10 I'm not sure if all my drivers got updated or were compatible with Windows 10.

    I thought I had something on my computer to do this but I can't remember what it was called and can't find it.
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  2.    10 Sep 2017 #2

    This is not recommended practice by any regular contributor here.

    Windows maintains your basic drivers. Expect Microsoft to replace driver versions different to what it prescribes.

    Only in exceptional circumstances is a driver scanner suggested- I have used one twice in the last few years to find a driver I couldn't otherwise find.
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  3.    10 Sep 2017 #3

    Ok well, the only reason why I'm asking is because every once in awhile when I shutdown I get the Explorer.exe Application Error...As I've done some research I've read that it could be a bad driver which makes sense to me. My computer is fully updated however I just want to be sure.

    I've also read that error message is no big deal to ignore it...but I just can't
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       10 Sep 2017 #4

    Arily said: View Post
    Hello, I'm looking for a free program that can scan my computer for bad drivers, updated drivers, etc.

    When I updated from Windows 8.1 to 10 I'm not sure if all my drivers got updated or were compatible with Windows 10.

    I thought I had something on my computer to do this but I can't remember what it was called and can't find it.
    May help:
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  5.    10 Sep 2017 #5

    Thank you, I've tried this before I believe on another thread. How much virtual memory should I have with 12gb ram?
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  6.    10 Sep 2017 #6

    Suggest you look at your event logs and/or Reliability History to get more information on the error if there's anything useful there.

    Assuming it's related to a particular program:
    Try methodically working through Task Manager, disabling Startups in the Startup tab, starting with none enabled, and if the report doesn't appear, enable more until it does in the hope of identifying a program it relates to.

    Of course it could be a driver or service that is causing this, so you may be able to investigate those.

    See e.g.
    How to fix Explorer.exe Application error Windows 10 build 10130 - Windows 10 Insider

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  7.    10 Sep 2017 #7

    In event viewer I'm getting a lot of Background Task Host application errors.

    EDIT: I've already run /scannow and nothing wrong there.
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  8.    10 Sep 2017 #8

    Feel free to try the other suggestions I made.
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  9.    10 Sep 2017 #9

    Yea I've done most of that.

    I've adjusted Virtual Memory, went threw startup on task manager, ran sfc /scannow

    I don't really know how to determine if it's a driver...and because the problem occurs periodically and not every single time it's hard to figure it out. Like I said I just found that one thing in event logs.

    I've even done a full restore/recovery
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  10.    10 Sep 2017 #10

    Compare in Safe Mode. If you still get crashes then, it's almost got to be Windows.

    If ok, do a full clean boot, and see if that's ok. (See tutorial section (search for clean boot if unsure)).

    If not, you can use Autoruns to disable more, Shellmenuview to disable shell extensions, for example.

    Whocrashed, Appcrashview may give you another view of event logs. (All free)
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