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Free updates for Windows 8 Drivers

  1. #1


    Posts : 77
    Windows 8 HP Envy

    Free updates for Windows 8 Drivers


    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 Everytime I think I have found a brilliant online tool to do the diagnosing and finding outdated drivers.....they then want to charge me money to do it.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.

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  2. #2


    Hardware drivers are not automatically updated. They normally show up under Optional updates for me.

    I normally don't update a driver unless there is a problem. As the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

    Google came up with this site: Driver Update Software Review 2014 | Best Driver Software | Driver Checker Software - TopTenREVIEWS

    None are free though.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 77
    Windows 8 HP Envy


    Yeah, well I have a problem with my Windows Movie Maker and it has been suggested that I update the drivers.

    You never used to get charged to update your pc - why are they charging us for it now?
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  4. #4


    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.
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  5. #5


    This one : https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php does not charge for drivers updates and is reasonably safe but best way is what Ztrucker suggested.
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  6. #6


    If you try this one, make sure you follow the Custom path or you'll get some AVG junk you don't want.

    It also adds a SlimDriver Startup task to the scheduler.

    Does seem to work though.
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  7. #7


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    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.
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  8. #8


    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.
    That's a preferred mode but for experienced only. If someone has to ask about stuff like that, an automated way is much better.
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  9. #9


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I agree.
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  10. #10


    Even for us Pro's an automated method sure would be nice. I maintain desktops/laptops for my organization and it's a pain to go out to Dell, figure out what I have, versus what is available and then update. Most of the time, if it's not broke I don't fix it. But with fast OS releases, like Windows 8.0, then 8.1 and then 8.1 Update 1...keeping up with drivers becomes more of a necessity than ever before.
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