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Windows 7: Should I Worry About Drivers

04 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x and 32x
Should I Worry About Drivers

Hello :)
I have been looking at some apps. that update drivers.
What I would like to know should I use this type of
software and if my computer is running fine should I
even worry about it ?


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04 Mar 2012   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Newer drivers can fix bugs that may appear in the future and may have added features but we dont recommend using the driver sweeper type apps.

That being said, if it is running fine leave it.
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04 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

I agree with zigzag, if your system is running OK just leave Windows 7 to sort things out.

Many of these so-called driver sweepers can cause more problems than they solve.

You will also find, particularly with the latest manufacturer's drivers, that they possibly haven't been fully tested before being pushed to the user to do the testing for them.

The best advice I can offer is the old adage: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
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04 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7/64 HPremium.

I agree with Sea Vixen an ZigZag.
Past experience of others with these Drive Sweepers (and other names - there are many similar) produces bold warnings that you have this or that problem, and should download this for X amount of $$$. Some have reported scads of emails offering other software.

If it ain't broke ....
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04 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x and 32x

Thanks, for the reply's and warnings.
Don't think I will be be trying any of these apps.
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04 Mar 2012   #6

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One more FWIW. A few weeks ago Windows Update said there was a new driver available for my Sony Vaio Core i5 Intel HD Graphics. I went to the Intel website and installed the driver. Almost immediately I started getting BSODs so I rolled back the driver to the previous version. No more BSODs.

I emailed Intel and their short reply was: if your computer is OEM (Sony, Dell, Acer, etc) always get your drivers from the manufacturer's website. The driver manufacturer provides a generic driver to the OEM (and to Windows Update), and the OEM can then customize the driver for a particular model computer. Once the driver is customized, a newer offering from the driver manufacturer may not work in your machine. So even if a newer driver is available from the driver manufacturer (or Windows Update), wait until the computer manufacturer offers it for download.

And as others have said, if it ain't broke...
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04 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x and 32x

Thanks for the reply, much appreciated.
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