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    Windows XP Drivers

    A number of the web sites I vist are covered with ads for Windows XP Driver updates.

    Besides trying to separate me from my money - what are they trying to sell and why would my 'factory installed' Windows XP not contain the correct drivers?

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    As long as the devices on your PC are working properly you don't need to worry about updating drivers. Those ads are just more generally useless software from someone trying to separate you from your money.

    Joe

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    There are several good sites that offer FREE XP driver updates.
    Michael

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    Go directly to the manufacturer of your computer for all motherboard based driver updates.
    ...And if you have an add-on GPU or USB card, go to it's maker for drivers.

    "Factory Install" disks will be outdated almost as soon as you purchase your computer, that's why we always suggest visiting the maker's website.

    Getting drivers from anywhere else will usually always end up in headaches.
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    you do NOT need driver updates unless you have a problem

    go to the manufacturer sites and download every driver right now
    do NOT install them
    but save them for future use in case of problems

    some OEMs do NOT keep them around forever
    and when you do need them they may not be there any longer

    only download the drivers
    do not download installers for drivers

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    Chipset drivers are basically the only exception, baring specific issues in other areas.
    Newer chipset drivers should always be installed. They are the least complicated in terms
    of screwing with other drivers and software, and are potentially the most beneficial.
    DRIVE IMAGING
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