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    Driver Updates

    Does anyone have suggestions on safe, effective methods to check for outdated drivers? Will Windows Update do the job? There are plenty of "driver checkers" available, but are they necessary?
    Thanks for any input.

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    Two apps I use, unsure if they check for drivers or just apps.

    FileHippo.com Update Checker

    Secunia PSI

    Be careful on driver updates, especially graphics drivers. They are notoriously fickle and new drivers often cause more problems than they are worth.
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    Thanks, Ted. I have heard of Secunia PSI so I'll give it a try. I appreciate the tip!
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    Hi MDRapp, welcome to the lounge.
    Read this article, courtesy of Windows7 Forums
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    A good article on driver, and driver installation at the Windows 7 Forums that Roderunner has posted above.

    Avoid so called applications that offer to check and update drivers, rely on yourself for this imortant task. Do it manually.
    Do your homework before allowing Windows Update to download and install it's version of driver updates. Go directly to the manufacturer and make comparisons.

    The first place one should start when looking into updating drivers is your own computer, ensure you know your own hardware.
    SIW is a good place to start examining your own hardware setup.

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    If it ain't broke don't fix it.

    The only time I look for ANY hardware drivers is if a device is not working and then I will check with the OEM of the problem device only.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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