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    Preventing crashes caused by Windows Update




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    Preventing crashes caused by Windows Update



    By Fred Langa

    A few simple tweaks can protect against most system-updating troubles and even prevent some Blue Screen of Death crashes. Plus: A question about defragging hybrid hard drives, and a clever do-it-yourself Windows 8 Start button.


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    I've noticed that changing video drivers on a stable Win7 system is about the most likely thing to cause a bluescreen. (laughs)

    I'd also throw up a caveat here. Go to the makers web site of the video card but also check the system makers site, especially in the case of laptops. Some system makers are using custom builds with their own custom video drivers. Anything from Windows or the chip-makers site won't work. I even ran into a laptop recently with 2 video chips from 2 different makers - one for low power use, the other for HD. Finding the right drivers and getting them installed was a stinker. A number of other secondary bits had to be installed/updated first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidFB View Post
    I've noticed that changing video drivers on a stable Win7 system is about the most likely thing to cause a bluescreen. (laughs)

    I'd also throw up a caveat here. Go to the makers web site of the video card but also check the system makers site, especially in the case of laptops. Some system makers are using custom builds with their own custom video drivers. Anything from Windows or the chip-makers site won't work. I even ran into a laptop recently with 2 video chips from 2 different makers - one for low power use, the other for HD. Finding the right drivers and getting them installed was a stinker. A number of other secondary bits had to be installed/updated first.
    I have one of those dual-mode Intel/NVidia laptops (first-gen core-i5, with dual-mode graphics by Toshiba). There are no updates available anywhere which are compatible with this configuration anymore. The installers just say they won't run and quit.
    -- Bob Primak --

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