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Free updates for Windows 8 Drivers

  1. #11


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    I only have 4 PC's total to worry about, 2 desktops and two laptops. The two desktops have almost identical ASUS motherboards and both run NVidia video cards. What works for one pretty well works for the other. Video and sound drivers are about all I've had to search for. The rest is covered with the Windows default drivers. ASUS doesn't list anything for them for Windows 8 anyway. My newer ASUS laptop though has everything I need for Windows 8/8.1 available. I haven't touched my wife's Acer yet, its still running the factory 8.0. If I had a load of PC's to manage I could see where having some automation would come in handy.

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  2. #12


    Those are two different things, finding drivers and implementing their distribution. If you have to worry about many PCs at the same time it's more than likely networked so you can distribute and install them from one place. If they are same but not networked you can take drivers and install them on each separately but use same ones, you don't have to chase them separately. If they are mostly different than finding them and installing them is better to do from each one separately and that's when those auto installers can come handy.
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  3. #13


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    I agree.
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    Another thing about drivers. Let's say you get video card "X" and with it drivers v1.00 for windows 1.0. Couple of month later there is driver version 1.01 than later on v1.02 than 1.03 etc. By the time it rolls to v1.5 that same video card maker throws out card "XY" and drivers v2.0. Those drivers will also have drivers v1.5 for "X" because there's nothing else they can fix and improve on them but v2.0 covers "XY" too because both those cards are of same family and changes are not great. So, unless windows 2.0 shows up, there's really nothing to gain using driver v2.0 or any further ones for video card "X", v1.5 will be same unless something changes radically. after let's say drivers v 5.0 they may even drop "X" from them and support only newer cards.
    So there's normally no use chasing newest drivers unless you know exactly what has changed and why.
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  5. #15


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    Ok, got this far today,

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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    You can do the updates manually, no charge that way.

    Piriform Speccy can help you see what hardware you have.

    If you want some help finding the latest drivers, fill out your System Specs.

    See here: How to See Your System Specs with "System Info" - works with Seven and Eight forums.
    Piriform speccy wanted me to buy.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Driver updates are free from the original equipment manufacturer, always have been. If it's a pre built OEM like a Dell or HP etc, go to their site and look up your specific model. They will have the applicable drivers listed for download. If it's a custom build then look up each component manufacturer. Start with the motherboard ASUS or Gigabyte etc, and move on. Video will be AMD or NVidia. It might take a while but its doable. A lot of those supposed free utilities will do the bait and switch, you need these but you'll have to pay to get them from us. I'm not saying they are all like that, but it seems most are. I prefer to go right to the source instead of though a middle man.
    Went to HP site and downloaded their driver manager and they wanted me to buy the updates????
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by ding dong View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Driver updates are free from the original equipment manufacturer, always have been. If it's a pre built OEM like a Dell or HP etc, go to their site and look up your specific model. They will have the applicable drivers listed for download. If it's a custom build then look up each component manufacturer. Start with the motherboard ASUS or Gigabyte etc, and move on. Video will be AMD or NVidia. It might take a while but its doable. A lot of those supposed free utilities will do the bait and switch, you need these but you'll have to pay to get them from us. I'm not saying they are all like that, but it seems most are. I prefer to go right to the source instead of though a middle man.
    Went to HP site and downloaded their driver manager and they wanted me to buy the updates????
    Are you sure that was the real HP site? There are a lot of fake sites that will show up in Google. Post a link please.
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  9. #19


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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Another thing about drivers. Let's say you get video card "X" and with it drivers v1.00 for windows 1.0. Couple of month later there is driver version 1.01 than later on v1.02 than 1.03 etc. By the time it rolls to v1.5 that same video card maker throws out card "XY" and drivers v2.0. Those drivers will also have drivers v1.5 for "X" because there's nothing else they can fix and improve on them but v2.0 covers "XY" too because both those cards are of same family and changes are not great. So, unless windows 2.0 shows up, there's really nothing to gain using driver v2.0 or any further ones for video card "X", v1.5 will be same unless something changes radically. after let's say drivers v 5.0 they may even drop "X" from them and support only newer cards.
    So there's normally no use chasing newest drivers unless you know exactly what has changed and why.
    There are pluses and minuses to that. If you have say several NVidia cards, some new and some old, having one driver package that's works on all of them may be an advantage. It's a lot simpler than having 3 or 4 different drivers and keeping track of which one is for which card. I do see your point though, newer isn't always better. I could have sworn I posted this the other day but it must have been lost on the interwebs.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Another thing about drivers. Let's say you get video card "X" and with it drivers v1.00 for windows 1.0. Couple of month later there is driver version 1.01 than later on v1.02 than 1.03 etc. By the time it rolls to v1.5 that same video card maker throws out card "XY" and drivers v2.0. Those drivers will also have drivers v1.5 for "X" because there's nothing else they can fix and improve on them but v2.0 covers "XY" too because both those cards are of same family and changes are not great. So, unless windows 2.0 shows up, there's really nothing to gain using driver v2.0 or any further ones for video card "X", v1.5 will be same unless something changes radically. after let's say drivers v 5.0 they may even drop "X" from them and support only newer cards.
    So there's normally no use chasing newest drivers unless you know exactly what has changed and why.
    There are pluses and minuses to that. If you have say several NVidia cards, some new and some old, having one driver package that's works on all of them may be an advantage. It's a lot simpler than having 3 or 4 different drivers and keeping track of which one is for which card. I do see your point though, newer isn't always better. I could have sworn I posted this the other day but it must have been lost on the interwebs.
    I guess it's easier for them (manufacturers), ad drivers for new card, maybe drop support for some older ones, give it a new v-number and you can scratch your head what is what. I usually check .INF file (it's just plain text) and can see details. Checking their site may help too.
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