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Drivers - Find and Update Outdated Drivers

How to Find and Update Outdated Drivers in Windows
Published by Arc
05 Dec 2013
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How to Find and Update Outdated Drivers in Windows


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First of all, I want to give the credit to my friend Northernsoul55 who made me aware about this useful tool, NirSoft Driverview.

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Driver update. Sometimes it is a big question to us. We are sometimes confused about which driver is outdated in my system, which one is to update, and how to know all about it. Sometimes we use third party programs to update our drivers, but in most of the cases those dont work perfectly.

Here we are going to use a tiny program, NirSoft DriverView. It can make our job easy upto a great extent.



Here's how:



Part I
Finding outdated Drivers

1. Download DriverView from any of the following locations: Get it as per your system specification, 32 bit or 64 bit.

2. Unzip the download. It will contain these files:
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Double click the .exe (Application, marked in the image above) to start driverview. Make the window full screen.

3. Now you can see a long list of drivers. Look at the "Company" tab. You can see that most of your drivers are provided by Microsoft corporation. Those drivers are obtained via windows updates. Our objective is to find the third party drivers to update them manually.

Go to "view", and then Check the option "Hide Microsoft Drivers" there.
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Now you are seeing the third party drivers only.



4. The appearance at this stage may make you confused, but dont worry. Overlook the first few columns say ...
  • Address
  • End Address
  • Size
  • Local Count
  • Index
Our point of concentration will be the next few columns. Say:
  • File Type: The type of the driver
  • Description: Details about the driver
  • Version: The file version that is installed
  • Company: Developer/Manufacturer of the driver
  • Product Name: Almost same to Description above
  • Modified Date: The date of creation of the driver. Version date. It is most important to us.
  • Created Date: The date of installation of the driver.
Now we have to make our strategy.



5. Making our update strategy. Some things we need to overlook. These are:
  • The drivers with Filetype: "Unknown": No action is required.
  • The Drivers with Company "Macrovision": No Action is needed.
  • The Drivers With Company "Brother Industries": No action is needed.
So out list is even shorter now.

6. For the remaining ones .... concentrate on the "Modified Date" Column. If this date is old, there is a scope of update. Let us have an example:
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You can see that the sound driver and network Driver is outdated. So those needs to be updated.



Part II
Attempt to Update
7. Now, you need to go the the driver Developer's site. For the Realtek Network Driver, as per the above example, go to Realtek. Get the driver that is appropriate for your system.
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For a ready reference of the drivers, you may visit to Driver Reference Table (DRT), by usasma.



8. After downloading the driver, you need to install it. The installation depends on the type of the driver. That's all.

05 Dec 2013   #1
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Looks very helpful Arc. Does this offer drivers for hardware that isn't installed? Some "driver finders" do that.


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05 Dec 2013   #2
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Looks very helpful Arc. Does this offer drivers for hardware that isn't installed? Some "driver finders" do that.
No Gary. It sees the drivers those are already installed.
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05 Dec 2013   #3
Golden

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Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Excellent Arc
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05 Dec 2013   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

All I can say is thank you and Northernsoul55 very much. I have been looking for something like this that is trust worthy.
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06 Dec 2013   #5
A Guy

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Awesome Arc :yhumbsup:

A Guy
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11 Dec 2013   #6
YoYo155

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Great, Archie!
Linking here will help a fair bit .
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11 Dec 2013   #7
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Excellent Arc
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
All I can say is thank you and Northernsoul55 very much. I have been looking for something like this that is trust worthy.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Awesome Arc :yhumbsup:

A Guy
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by YoYo155 View Post
Great, Archie!
Linking here will help a fair bit .
Thanks lots
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29 Dec 2013   #8
Coffeebandit

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Since I"m having issues connecting to internet, can I still use this to update my drivers?
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29 Dec 2013   #9
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coffeebandit View Post
Since I"m having issues connecting to internet, can I still use this to update my drivers?
No.
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