Windows 10: Utility for info drivers

  1.    27 Sep 2017 #1

    Utility for info drivers

    Hello everyone. Can anyone tell me if there is a utility for Windiws 10 to get information about installed drivers? For example, if the driver is 32 or 64 bit, for which version of Windows the driver was built (W7, W8, etc.). To use an old SCSI controller (U320 and PCI-X) in Windiws 10 I have to do some testing and research. I use Windows 10 to 64bit.
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  2.    27 Sep 2017 #2

    Hi and welcome. If Device manager doesn't give you enough data you can try Download DevManView - MajorGeeks which greatly expands on it.
    Drivers have to be same "bitness" as system. 32bit drivers will not work on 64bit windows and other way around. A driver file you download or have may be made for both but will install only ones with right bitness.
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  3.    27 Sep 2017 #3

    Thanks for your help. I just installed the "DevManView" utility. A nice software, but I can not understand how I can know if a 64bit driver installed on my Windows 10 comes from previous versions (see for example Windows 8 or 7). What can I understand? From the "driver date". But what years do they belong to which versions of Windows?
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  4.    28 Sep 2017 #4

    As I said before, in 64bit windows only 64 bit drivers will install, same for 32bit Windows, only 32bit drivers can be installed so it's not necessary to show that. If you haven't installed a driver, open .INF file for it with a text editor and it should be all visible in there.
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    Server 2012 R2 and Windows 10 x64 v1709
       28 Sep 2017 #5

    As CountMike already pointed out, all your installed drivers are 64 bit drivers.

    Every driver has its own INF file. IMHO Opening the INF won't help what you're looking for. There's no specific OS indicator. It's filled with an overwhelming amount of cryptic data, and it's information about driver version and date can be found in DevManView or Device Manager itself.

    You won't find an easy indicator saying which versions of Windows the driver works with. That can sometimes be the side effect of the device's hardware IDs (which are assigned by the vendor). A device made for Windows 10 might have different hardware IDs then its predecessor)

    Look in Device Manager. Do you see any devices with yellow icons?
    • If there's an Other category in Device Manager, the devices listed under it have no drivers installed
    • Otherwise, yellow icon indicates a driver installed but not working.

    For a specific device in question, find it in Device Manager, right click Properties->General->Details tab. Change the pull down window to Hardware Idto find it's ids

    You're best bet (though can be a tedious task) is online searches using either hardware ID or driver file name (i.e. name of INF file excluding the .inf extension - or simply driver filename as found in DevManView), version and date to see what you come up with. Also googling for drivers using the hardware ID (examples read HERE and HERE. But while searching one need also be careful, sometimes
    • you think you're downloading a driver, but turns out its just another driver lookup/advisor tool you'll have to pay for
    • Worse yet, you may also pickup adware or malware this way (use your A/V to scan what you download)

    I often find it useful to create a disk image backup if i'm going to download a lot or at least create a system restore checkpoint. If you happen to use Acronis True Image, use their Try and Decide tool. Allows you to create a disk snapshot, download and install whatever you like and then can back out of all disk changes and return to snapshot after a reboot
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  6.    28 Sep 2017 #6

    Actually, .inf file can provide wealth if information:
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