Never Download a Driver-Updating Utility; They’re Worse Than Useless

Discussion in 'System Utilities' started by Petrovic, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. Abdullah Ramadhan

    Dec 24, 2016
    South West, England

    Yep, I just put all my important files onto a usb stick, and I am going to do a factory restore. I tried rollbacking my drivers, but it is still the same, and my sound is gone, and I tried downloading the sound driver, but still no fix :/

    Wish me luck...
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  2. Abdullah Ramadhan

    Dec 24, 2016
    South West, England
    Yeah same :/
    You should do a system restore like me
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  3. DC47561

    DC47561 Level 3

    Feb 3, 2017
    IT Support
    Windows 10
    I couldn't agree more. Even Microsoft update messes drivers up from time to time. My old laptop's sound card driver was one big one. I rolled it back to the previous version only to find that it had been automatically updated again.
  4. carsten ibsen

    carsten ibsen Level 21

    Sep 18, 2016
    Windows 10
    Good Luck;)
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  5. Paul123

    Paul123 Level 4

    Dec 9, 2016
    IT Web Developer
    Windows 10
    #65 Paul123, Feb 7, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2017
    Whilst a lot of people say 'download from the manufacturer's site' I'd say its not always obvious where these drivers are on many manufacturers sites, and novice users run the risk of also downloading from sites that pertain to have the drivers but are actually malware sites, or downloading the wrong driver.

    Driver update tools (if they are good) ensure that you get the right driver and from the right source, something also novice users might not do. For example, Iobit's Driver Booster ensures only drivers that have passed Microsoft's WHQL tests are downloaded (something that if you download from say Intel's site might not be true as initially they do not), so reducing the chance of incompatibilities. I'd disagree therefore and say for novice user's they do have a use, for more experienced users, commenters are probably right - its better to get from source, but to say they have no value, is I think incorrect. Up-to-date drivers can make a difference, and in some cases fix security and performance issues, so are important, just like updating your windows O/S.

    I use Iobit's Driver Booster and have never encountered issues of incompatibility. I use the tool mainly for convenience, it informs me when a newer driver comes out, and saves me having to play 'hunt the driver'. I could do it myself, but why bother when there is a tool to do it for me.

    There are a lot of bad driver updates tools out there, as there are a lot of PC optimser tools too, but to say that they are all useless I think is a over generalisation
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  6. Yash Khan

    Yash Khan Level 51

    Oct 22, 2012
    I have DriverTalent.

    Its helpful sometimes...most of the PC manufacturers website dont update drivers & sometimes not easy to find correct drivers on the manufacturers website.

    Win 10 Updates are good & most or all drivers are available through Windows Updates.

    DriverTalent shows "stable" & "latest" drivers for critical/important/required stuffs...Stable - Stable & Microsoft's WHQL, Latest - Latest & Microsoft's WHQL.

    I tried DriverBooster, it shows many drivers & most no need to update. And compared to DriverTalent, it shows little old drivers for quite a few stuffs.

    I only update drivers if & when need arises like any probs & only important stuffs like display, sound, etc

    DriverTalent, I kinda use as a reference & try to find the drivers on PC manufacturers or manufacturers website, if I couldn't then may give a try to DriverTalent, yet no need came up.
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  7. Rodney74

    Rodney74 Guest

    I would agree with your assessment...Except for one utility. It's called "Driver Easy" and it is very nice.

    I only use it to scan, and then update drivers that are 5-6 years old. I don't do any drivers that are 1 to 24 months.

    Do this, with this utility, and I bet you will say with me "No problem".
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  8. KGBagent47

    KGBagent47 Guest

    Too late.

    I did it a couple of years ago it was complete trash.
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  9. HarborFront

    HarborFront Level 36
    Content Creator

    Oct 9, 2016
    Far East
    I just installed Iobit Driver Booster v4.2 and it detected 13 outdated device drivers and also installed KC Softwares DUMo and it detected 21 outdated device drivers. So, the latter is better?
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  10. tim one

    tim one Level 19
    Trusted AV Tester

    Jul 31, 2014
    Windows 10
    Not necessarily so.
    Iobit Driver Booster search for tested WHQL drivers so you have a good reliability level.
    I use IDB for a long time and I haven't encountered any problem.
  11. TairikuOkami

    TairikuOkami Level 10
    Content Creator

    May 13, 2017
    Postal Worker
    Windows 10
    I have tested various driver updaters and I have stayed with Driver Easy. In the free version, you can actually download updates and it is able to find drivers, which are not on laptop's or manufacturer's webpage. It finds the most drivers (on an old laptop 9 vs 1 by iobit's), some other updaters desperately try the same, but they offer bad updates, just to offer something. I have ended up installing Realtek Audio on Creative, which obviously broke it.
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  12. Malware Person

    Malware Person Level 4

    Jun 8, 2016
    United States
    Windows 10
    it isn't nessecary to have your drivers updated all the time. if you are a gamer, you want to update your graphic drivers as soon as possible, but for others, there is no need to have the all updated
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  13. karthic1998

    karthic1998 Level 4

    Jan 23, 2017
    Can I use driver pack solution tell me anyone
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  14. Trickster

    Trickster Level 14

    Jul 28, 2016
    Loving / caring Husband :)
    Windows 10
    iobit driver booster since day 1 it released , without having any problems! it is a staple in my commonly used softwares ;)
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  15. jamescv7

    jamescv7 Level 61

    Mar 15, 2011
    Web and FileMaker Developer
    Windows 10
    Posted by a member from Superuser .

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  16. frogboy

    frogboy Level 61

    Jun 9, 2013
    Heavy Duty Mechanic.
    Western Australia
    Windows 10
  17. dJim

    dJim Level 2

    Mar 12, 2016
    Not really.. im using AMD graphic card.. and i dont update since long time bcs most updates give just some " perfomance" to some games to really usefull if u dont play those games.
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  18. rockstarrocks

    rockstarrocks Level 14

    Apr 16, 2017
    Civil Engineer
    Delhi>India>Asia>Earth>S.S.>Milky way>Our Universe
    Windows 10
    #78 rockstarrocks, Jun 10, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2017
    I have to agree, there is no need to install any driver updating utility on Win10. Most of the drivers are installed automatically by windows update, except the graphics one (for my lappy it usually installs an older version without any other software like radeon settings), which I always download from the OEM's website.
    In previous versions of windows xp, 7 & 8, I had to install other drivers as well like BT, Audio, and chipset. But situation nowadays is pretty good.
    That being said sometimes these utilities do help in finding an update for problematic drivers like Broadcom Wi-Fi in my case. My go to utilities are 3dchip & Iobit driver booster.
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  19. S3cur1ty 3nthu5145t

    May 22, 2017
    One does not need one of these utilities for this. It is not difficult to open device manager, look at your current version, and check the manufacturer's website.

    This is what I do, and when needed, I install manually not relying on any application.

    Latest drivers are not always better, some will have bugs/issues while the current one you have will be stable and mature. It is a good practice to research comments on those in a rush to install them and finding those issues first hand, to avoid those type pit falls.
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  20. jackuars

    jackuars Level 22

    Jul 2, 2014
    This is time consuming and for doing this for every driver on your system, it isn't going to be an easy process. This is where driver updaters comes in handly especially for checking outdated drivers if not for updating the drivers itself (which is subjective).