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Free updates for Windows 8 Drivers

  1. #21


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    I see a lot of drivers that seem to support model xxx to xyz for a given manufacturer. They obviously have a reason to do it that way. It must work for them or they wouldn't do it. It's not something I give a lot of thought to, I can't change it anyway. The downside is that the download package is likely bigger than it needs to be for your one piece of hardware, if you only have that one video card etc. There will be files you don't need. How much bigger is anybody's guess though.

    Anyway, the OP's been pretty quite, so how are you getting along there ding dong. < not a username I would have picked.

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  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I see a lot of drivers that seem to support model xxx to xyz for a given manufacturer. They obviously have a reason to do it that way. It must work for them or they wouldn't do it. It's not something I give a lot of thought to, I can't change it anyway. The downside is that the download package is likely bigger than it needs to be for your one piece of hardware, if you only have that one video card etc. There will be files you don't need. How much bigger is anybody's guess though.

    Anyway, the OP's been pretty quite, so how are you getting along there ding dong. < not a username I would have picked.
    Yeah, you are right but drivers themselves are not that large, actually just driver part is quite small. A lot of other stuf comes with them, their control programs and utilities and also ad-ons for DirectX, OpenGL, DLL updates .net parts etc. Those things used to come separately but now it's all bundled, If you are curious enough, you can go to properties for that device and look up in details what files it uses and than find them on the disk and see how much of that is actually a driver. I bet all of those make actually only couple of percent of downloaded file.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 122
    Windows 8 64bit Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by ding dong View Post
    Hi,

    I have been on a search for free driver updates for my graphics hardware on my pc but here are the difficulties so far:

    1. I cant even locate what needs to be updated - where do I find ALL of my graphics cards/hardware in one spot?
    2. Everytime I think I have found a brilliant online tool to do the diagnosing and finding outdated drivers.....they then want to charge me money to do it. I am not a scrooge but I paid big money for the pc and so they should at least update my drivers for free.
    3. I have Windows update turned on and so why doesnt it automatically update hardware all the time?

    Help needed, thanks.
    Hey guys this is what he is looking for a driver for his nvidia g-force graphics when you finish speculating (he he) - Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers
    Windows update would have a driver for the intel hd graphics, or go here for the latest - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/default.aspx
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  4. #24


    Posts : 77
    Windows 8 HP Envy


    ok, so alot of what you guys are talking about is gobbeldy gook to me.......Whest.....thankyou for your post.....but i put winows 8 in the search and got this back: "No certified downloads were found for this configuration. To include beta downloads in your search, click here"
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  5. #25


    That Only 8.1 driver is Beta but should work, it's here: NVIDIA DRIVERS GeForce 337.50 Driver (BETA) BETA click on download and when it's finished start its .EXE file and it should install.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 77
    Windows 8 HP Envy


    Just question, is this an update or a complete driver I am installing here?
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  7. #27


    Posts : 122
    Windows 8 64bit Pro


    WOW you are new, its a complete driver, and should be OK. Set up a system restore before you install it - type system restore in search (windows logo + s) and select create when the program opens.
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  8. #28


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    I am an old pc user but never had to update drivers before....

    so if its a new driver......then do i need to uninstall the old one?

    Why do I need to set up a system restore?
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  9. #29


    Posts : 122
    Windows 8 64bit Pro


    System restore is a safe guard - if your have a 800m series graphics on a laptop that's the only one available at this time if you want to wait for the new WHQL driver you can - I'm assuming you have a 800m series graphics? Otherwise just type in the details at the site. When you install the driver you have the choice of a custom install and if you have a previous driver installed you can select clean install and that completely removes the old driver - for future updates.
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  10. #30


    Since you have uninstalled drivers beforehand, this should be something like a new installation, can't know which parts of old driver are left over, if any. This driver is for video card only, you are going to need drivers for USB and rest of the system. Have to check in Control Panel/ device manager, which drivers are missing, they will be shown as "Unknown device" or with a name but with a red or yellow mark on them. If there's a name of a device in device manager you might be able to update / install it thru it's properties if it's connected to internet a the time.
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