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    Have XP Home and many devices; need many drivers

    Just re-installed an XP home os on a laptop and now have a lot of devices with no drivers.

    Is there a free program that will search and install drivers?

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    Don't you have a driver's disk for your motherboard? Alternatively, the manufacturer's site should have them and it should be enough to get most drivers, if not all.

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    Don't have the Factory/Motherboard disc.... and have gone to the web OEM web site and they have all these driver .exe files........... I guess I'm looking for something (quit and easy) that doesn't exist.

    Trying to save time I guess... ;-)

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    There are programs that claim to help find drivers??? They also claim to speed your PC??? Rui's method is very good, or use Device Manager to find all the devices you need drivers for and go to each manufacturer's web site.
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    You can mostly guess what you are missing, from your previous knowledge, so it's rather easy to determine what you need to download. I think I prefer this to the manufacturer's disk, actually, as you get more up to date drivers.

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    If you can't get on-line wirelessly, connect laptop to your router and try Windows Update Custom search mode.
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    The laptop manufacturer's site will be the best place to start when it comes to drivers.
    You would have at least needed to make a list of said drivers before undertaking a clean install and obtaining their updated equivalent prior to the start...even if it is just a mental list of what you may need.

    Third party applications that offer to obtain drivers are often wrong and will offer far more than what is needed and may not fully cover everything.
    (I've been there and done that)

    As you are begining to learn, taking sidesteps and shortcuts and not doing the work that is needed will only result in more problems.
    Performing a full format and clean install is not rocket science, but there is some definite planning that needs to be done prior to it's
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    Get SlimDrivers

    Download the free program SlimDrivers. It will identify, download and install missing drivers. The free version does this one driver at a time. After you get all drivers updated, use the free program Double Driver to save them. Although SlimDrivers will save them, the results are confusing.
    http://driverupdate.net/ is home of SlimDrivers.

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    @Jagworld
    Please ONLY follow CLiNT's advice. ONLY the manufacturer has the latest versions for exactly your hardware variant.

    The problem with any driver update/imstall software is that we don't know where they get their wisdom from. They may go to very questionable driver resource sites that lost their reason to be way back when.

    Windows Update's Custom button gives you only what Microsoft knows about - and that in my experience often is quite limited especially if your machine has a somewhat "obscure" hardware variant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eikelein View Post

    Windows Update's Custom button gives you only what Microsoft knows about - and that in my experience often is quite limited especially if your machine has a somewhat "obscure" hardware variant.
    If Jagworld was more experienced, this thread would not be posted & know how to get the driver's as CLiNT stated.
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    Wow, thanks Roderunner for the heads up on my experience.

    I was just wanting to know if there's a program to save time. I assume you don't like anyone posting anything that is below your knowledge level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jagworld View Post
    Wow, thanks Roderunner for the heads up on my experience.

    I was just wanting to know if there's a program to save time. I assume you don't like anyone posting anything that is below your knowledge level.
    Sincere apologies Jagworld, Must be a head cold after getting my hair cut.
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    Apologies accepted :-)

    Have A good one!!

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