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    Assume a PC that was built by an enthusiast who sourced his own components to create a wonder-PC. Age it for a couple of years. The enthusiast has moved on. The PC is still a decent piece of kit, but almost certainly most of its drivers are out of date.

    There are products out there, both free and paid for, which claim to scan and fix up out of date drivers on one's PC, but there are also horror stories of dodgy apps, and dangerous driving risks lives :-)

    What safe and free (in that order of priority) tools/applications would you recommend to identify, obtain and update the latest drivers for this PC?

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    Forget about driver scanning software like Driver Detective and other similar software solutions, they are
    unreliable. Instead, go with any app that will help indirectly identify drivers through identification of your hardware.


    Identification of the exact make and model of your hardware will point you in the right direction when
    it comes to getting the right drivers.

    Identify the exact make and model of your motherboard and get your chipset and BIOS updates from the board's manufacturer.
    This will be half the driver hassel and worry.

    Drivers for add in GPU cards or sound system cards can be obtained through their respective manufacturers websites.

    Software programs like Everest and SIW can assist in the task of identifying make and models of specific hardware.
    Everest is not free.

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    Booting into the BIOS and looking around can also provide much information.
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    Here are a couple of examples of SIW's hardware sections capabilities...
    You would then proceed to the manufacturer's website and search for drivers based on make and model.
    Many manufacturers will also offer "detect your hardware" capabilities in an attempt to help make searching for drivers
    a bit easier on the end user. If this is the case then you may take advantage of those feature.
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    I would also recommend running the Belarc and Secunia utilities.

    Secunia will test all the important software (OS, Java, Flash, etc.) to make sure that they are fully up to date.

    The Belarc personal advisor will run and produce an HTML report that also checks for important security updates plus it lists most details about your system hardware and firmware plus it digs out the important product keys.

    That should help you get on the way to bringing your system up to date. Note that both these services are FREE.

    I recommend running Secunia regularly - at least weekly.

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    This is EXCELLENT advice, I attempted the "short-cut" method of one of these paid utilities one time and got "BURNED", if only I had this kind of advice then...

    Quote Originally Posted by Clint Rossmere View Post
    Forget about driver scanning software like Driver Detective and other similar software solutions, they are
    unreliable. Instead, go with any app that will help indirectly identify drivers through identification of your hardware.


    Identification of the exact make and model of your hardware will point you in the right direction when
    it comes to getting the right drivers.

    Identify the exact make and model of your motherboard and get your chipset and BIOS updates from the board's manufacturer.
    This will be half the driver hassel and worry.

    Drivers for add in GPU cards or sound system cards can be obtained through their respective manufacturers websites.

    Software programs like Everest and SIW can assist in the task of identifying make and models of specific hardware.
    Everest is not free.

    how to determine make and model of your motherboard
    How to determine the make and model of your GPU
    How to determine the make and model of your sound card
    motherboard id tools
    Motherboards.org BIOS string lookup

    Booting into the BIOS and looking around can also provide much information.
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    Thanks Russ,
    I have also been burned by these so called driver solutions in the past.
    Eventually you learn that drivers aren't that difficult to find and maintain.
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