Q&A Does Any Of You Use Driver Updaters/Software?

jerzy601

Level 19
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Jun 20, 2011
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I don't use driver programs.
I'm by this rule, if something works well then don't touch it.
I had a very bad experience some time ago with this kind

the programs did not work for me, neither the sound nor the picture, I had to put the whole system on its feet and this was associated with costs.
 

Cortex

Level 25
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Aug 4, 2016
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I use DUMO, I have used others but some small incremental updates on mainboard drivers etc to me are more trouble than they are worth & have given no notable improvements - Nvidia graphics I keep up to date - Of course if i was having a specific issue I would investigate other drivers but I'm not.
 

Thales

Level 11
Nov 26, 2017
510
Which driver updater are you referring to?
Edit: I guess you're talking about DUmo. DUmo and other software from KC Software, is now free of adware. In the past there was the option to download adware free versions.
I don't remember It was a couple of years ago.. Driver booster, driver downloader, driver finder or driver something. It downloaded drivers that didn't work and gave me a lot of pop ups and advertising.
 

plat1098

Level 23
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Sep 13, 2018
1,204
Automatic driver finders will install malicious items on your system, or install the wrong driver. For this reason, I do not use it, I do not recommend using it.
They want your business so they're, for the most part, going to behave. I have no problems installing the major ones (DUMo, UCheck, DriverEasy, etc) for a look-see. Driver updaters had a bad rap in the past, but nowadays, you can use the better-known ones without cringing or diving for your on-demand scanner. Going online to search for drivers from their repositories may also provide them some user data. That's the "payment" for a free app.

It might come down to whether to allow the program to actually install your driver/s for you, especially if it's a paid version. It's more convenient that way but does have a modicum of risk. Many recommend a system image in that respect.
 

Spawn

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Jan 8, 2011
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I don't think these software are required for daily use, but are safe enough with diligence for the odd bi-yearly check up, on older machines.

That said, I have used IObit Driver Booster (free version) before to check for any out-dated driver. After updating, IObit was removed, as it was no longer required.
 

Lightning_Brian

Level 15
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Sep 1, 2017
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Personally, I stick with what I get from the device manufacture for updates (after reading what is all up with the update - yes I'm a crazy dude that actually reads up on a update). Intel Support Assistant is a great tool that I have been using. However, I cannot stress that you want to stick with what the device manufacture is using for drivers. There are tons of reasons that they may not be jumping on the 'latest-and-greatest' updates.

Graphics drivers - I usually stick with updating from NVIDIA's website, but if I feel 'lazy' GeForce isn't too bad to use. Just gotta make sure you do a clean install and then check things out that all are good.

Driver updates from Windows Update... double edged sword at times. Sometimes good - sometimes in a rare case bad. Usually you can be a'ok with those updates, but if you git bit once or twice one wants to actually double check before 'blindly' installing.

Brian's big rule of thumb:
  1. Manufacture's website for updates - best option
  2. Intel Support Assistant - for things from Intel - good option
  3. Windows Update - eh' good, but gotta double check for that rare time where a old driver could drop or problems could happen (yes super rare)
  4. Do some good research - ALWAYS - before updating a driver. As some have said - if its not security or stability question things a little. See what is what.

Thoughts about my rules of thumb/best practices?

~Brian
 
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