FWIW, there are folks who get a mite bit irritated when I make a mistake. In those cases all I can do is offer them their money back!
Seriously tho', I do sincerely appreciate the consideration.
For normal use Windows Update is OK - but when experiencing problems, it's not a good idea to use Windows Update for driver
updates. I prefer that the drivers
come from the website of the manufacturer of the device/program.
In this case, download these drivers: NVIDIA DRIVERS 15.49 WHQL
Windows Vista/Windows 7 64-bit Driver Versions:
- Ethernet Driver (v73.14+) WHQL
- Network Management Tools (v73.16) "Sedona"
- SATAIDE Driver (v18.104.22.168) WHQL
- SATARAID Driver (v22.214.171.124) WHQL
- RAIDTOOL Application (v126.96.36.199)
- SMBUS Driver (v4.74) WHQL
- SMU Driver (v1.71) WHQL
- GPU Driver (v190.38) WHQL
- Physx (v9.09.0428)
- Away Mode Driver (v6.0.6000.114) WHQL
- Installer (v7.57)
Then install them using this procedure (probably not necessary, but do it just to be sure):
Compatibilty Mode Driver Installation:
1 - Download the latest driver from the manufacturer's website.
2 - Uninstall the current drivers using the Control Panel...Programs and features...Uninstall a program applet. Then verify that the driver/device has been removed in Device Manager
3 - Right click on freshly downloaded driver installation file and select "Properties"
4 - Select the Compatibility tab - and do the following:
- Click on the "Change settings for all users" button
- Click on the box to select "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and then select Windows Vista Service Pack 1
- Click on the box to select "Run as administrator"
- Click on OK to exit all the dialogs
5 - Right click on the driver installation file and select "Run as administrator"
6 - Let it install and see if that stops the BSOD's.
I do not recommend any All-In-One suite to replace Norton. We've seen issues with any of the Security Center/Internet Security applications - so they aren't recommended because of this. The reason that they aren't recommended is because they'll fail on you and leave no traces of the failure - so you'll spend weeks troubleshooting it.
In my case (at work), it took me 4 hours of digging around in the depths of the OS to find a hung process from Norton - and that was because I'd already done the digging around and hadn't found anything (I'm paid by the hour, so it was fun work for me!).
If you want a more flexible firewall, I'd suggest the free Sphinx Firewall Control for the Windows Firewall: Windows 7 Firewall Control : Sphinx Software