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Windows 7: How to know what drivers are still needed?

09 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7601)
 
 
How to know what drivers are still needed?

Back-story:
Yesterday, my Uncle gave me his laptop: a Toshiba Satellite L750-A096. Probably it's around from 2011 or earlier and it was bought from the Middle East. He said that it was running slow and when I checked the laptop, I saw a lot of unnecessary programs, I didn't know where to start doing the clean-up so I said to him that I'll just clean re-install Windows, his OS is Home Premium x64. I did what this
said.

I know that Windows will search the drivers for you via Device Manager, but sometimes they aren't updated. Is there any way to know what drivers are still needed? So far I've only installed Atheros Wireless LAN Driver (On the lower part and with the NEW tag) and the NVIDIA 335.23 update.

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10 May 2014   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Are you missing any drivers in device manager? Anything with a next to it?
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10 May 2014   #3
LTM

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits
 
 

What about the free program "SlimDrivers"?

It makes backups first and in my experience it is safe.

You can find it here.
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10 May 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

SlimDrivers, or any "driver finder" program isn't needed with Windows 7. It can recommend drivers for non existent hardware or send you to links to pay for drivers, which may be wrong and corrupted. It's also very hard to uninstall.
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10 May 2014   #5
LTM

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
SlimDrivers, or any "driver finder" program isn't needed with Windows 7.
Why not?
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10 May 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LTM View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
SlimDrivers, or any "driver finder" program isn't needed with Windows 7.
Why not?
Windows 7 is already driver complete or Windows Update will get them. My other statement should tell you too.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by britton30
It can recommend drivers for non existent hardware or send you to links to pay for drivers, which may be wrong and corrupted. It's also very hard to uninstall.
It's more snake oil than helpful, like tweaking program. If someone is still on XP or Win 98, they may be helpful.
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10 May 2014   #7
LTM

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
It can recommend drivers for non existent hardware or send you to links to pay for drivers, which may be wrong and corrupted. It's also very hard to uninstall.
This is the part that I don't recognize.

I never experienced such a thing and it sounds a little bit paranoid to me.
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10 May 2014   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Are you missing any drivers in device manager? Anything with a next to it?
Sorry for the late reply. I gave back the laptop to my Uncle a couple of hours ago. I may get it again tomorrow or the next day. Yes, there are some exclamation marks on 4 devices. I could still use the net (WiFi) since I downloaded the Atheros driver.


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10 May 2014   #9

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