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Windows 7: Is there a central place on Windows 7 to check if drivers are updated?

20 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Is there a central place on Windows 7 to check if drivers are updated?

Prior to installing SP1 I was wondering if there is a central application on Windows 7 that checks if all the drivers on my PC are fully updated, just like Windows update.

Anyone knows?

TIA

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20 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rfe777 View Post
Prior to installing SP1 I was wondering if there is a central application on Windows 7 that checks if all the drivers on my PC are fully updated, just like Windows update.

Anyone knows?

TIA
No, but Windows Update will notify you when new hardware drivers are available
You should should not update drivers unless the current versions cause problems

Don't use driver scanners, they usually tend to cause problematic situations resulting in badly installed drivers and BSODs
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20 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Try this Speed up your PC, and fix PC problems fast with DriverScan
I have used it, it seems to work.

Or you can go on device manager,
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20 Feb 2011   #4

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can update your drivers for MSI G41TM-E43 DDR2 HDMI from here:
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20 Feb 2011   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I would agree with Yowan in #2 post above. Driver scanners cause more problems than they cure IMHO, of course. Don't touch your drivers unless you have a problem. The old adage "If it ain't broke don't fix it" is a million times better than "Keep fixing it till it's broke"
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20 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 64 Professional
 
 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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20 Feb 2011   #7
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Just a reminder about a driver.sys file very unstable "nxsIO64.sys" that might go in:

C:\Windows\SysWOW64\drivers

registry path:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\nxsIO32]
"Type"=dword:00000001
"Start"=dword:00000002
"ErrorControl"=dword:00000001
"ImagePath"=hex(2):5c,00,3f,00,3f,00,5c,00,43,00,3a,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,\
64,00,6f,00,77,00,73,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,57,00,4f,00,57,00,36,00,34,\
00,5c,00,44,00,52,00,49,00,56,00,45,00,52,00,53,00,5c,00,6e,00,78,00,73,00,\
49,00,4f,00,36,00,34,00,2e,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,00,00
"DisplayName"="NextSensor Kernel I/O Driver"
"WOW64"=dword:00000001

This usualy comes in your system after such drivers update scan.

Just delete all this!!!!
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22 Feb 2011   #8

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Dear rfe777,
You have posed an excellent query!

1) yowan was right when he said not to depend unduly on 3rd party driver scanners!

2) What if, your motherboard manufacturer provides you with a facility to check whether you have some drivers which need updating? That has to be more accurate than any other tool!

3) INTEL has one such tool. It's really cool! Check out this link : Intel® Driver Update Utility
4) I will post the result of intel's search for updating drivers in my desktop as a snapshot below:

Regards,
Sreedhav
PS: The snap was before i updated the chipset driver family. The other one , the graphics driver is being dissected and opinions given in the Graphics card forum" your opinions please". Kindlychip in with your point of view there!


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22 Feb 2011   #9

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Dear rfe777,
What if some one like me,- a non-or semi-geek were unable to identify the MoBo version! Intel has another tool for just that purpose! http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...17730&lang=eng

Kindly see the snap below: If you feel you have benefitted, you can +rep. me by clicking on the scales (The middle one) on the right upper part of my post!


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22 Feb 2011   #10

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rfe777 View Post
Prior to installing SP1 I was wondering if there is a central application on Windows 7 that checks if all the drivers on my PC are fully updated, just like Windows update.

Anyone knows?

TIA
Dear rfe777,
The nearest is the "Device Manager", if you mean a native application within Win.7!
Regards,
Sreedhav
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