UpToDate Minor League Drivers
Using the Beasts to throw out the high credit numbers is - at the end of the day - is as much about closing the smaller holes of life, as it is about the correct major league graphics driver blah blah.
There are a Host of minor League Drivers in Windows that don't hit the headlines nor reach Windows Update, but lurk there beavering away (my total Drivers count for Windows is now 308 different drivers). In the main they are from hardware and software Producers who don't perhaps have the reach of the major league drivers to get noticed and therefore don't get updated by Users as much as they should, but they have (cumulatively) a very real effect on the stability and speed of the machine.
Fixing this is not a magic silver bullet, the machine will not suddenly be the equivalent of an Olympic sprinter, but it will be a lot more stable, run cooler, and you will over a few days notice it settling down to a more efficient beastie.
The guy that fixes this doesn't hit the headlines of life - in my opinion he should - but he beaver's away at this niche area of running Windows. I started using it about three years ago, never looked back, en excellent bit of software, and its made my life a hell of a lot easier in BOINCLand.
Its called RadarSync PC Updater: http://www.radarsync.com/driverupdater (ShareWare - cost is peanuts)
You should expect some hassles initially, as it will find on average 50 to 100 drivers that need updating when you first use it, and inevitably there will be some clash as it beavers away sorting out your Beastie with that number of drivers needing updating. Give your self a minimum of a two hour space in life for it to do its thing on first use, after that its fine, a few seconds, or on most days it doesn't find any updates needed.
On first use of the Full Registered version, I recommend you "Select All" on the list of Drivers it claims need updating - go for broke, don't mess around, let it pick the most efficient non contentious updating route with dozens of drivers to fix.
For the record, no I am not connected with the Software product in any way whatsoever, its quite simply one of those niche tools that should be in every serious crunchers toolbox..... Run don't walk to get it.
Just remember ..... its got a barrel load of work to do on first use, expect Blue Screens (just reboot if you get one) as it battles away, keep the faith ..... the outcome is worth it. Once the initial sort out is done, you'll not have hassle. An excellent piece of software - I can't remember the last time I had a Blue Screen ....
My own personal record, was it found a Driver that was seven years out of date .... ooops :)
You Pays Your Money and Takes Your Choice ....... as they say :)