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Message 18825 - Posted: 10 Mar 2014, 12:16:14 UTC

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 :)

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Message 19823 - Posted: 4 Sep 2014, 19:18:34 UTC - in response to Message 18825.

I use IObit Driver Booster. The only bsods I'm having with this system is when my overclock is unstable. (I think I've got it now, but it was a mess trying to get the right voltage)
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Message 19824 - Posted: 5 Sep 2014, 10:10:19 UTC
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Just remember : newer isn't always better.

Most drivers do absolutely nothing for performance and if the system is stable, there's literally no reason to change them unless they pose a problem of any sort.

Also bare in mind, Driver updates usually only target the 2 latest hardware generations with priority on the latest release.
That means older (i.e. your) hardware will still run on updated drivers of course - but likely actually with a small but increasing performance penalty.

Such "Driver updaters" are (at best) suited for the completely tech-illiterate but are best left alone by those who are able to do it themselves.

PS.
You can count on it that this Software will claim to update "tons of outdated" drivers for sheer advertising purposes only. That it occasionally gives you bluescreens (while updating drivers) is a good sign of a terribly bad software (of all the times you could have a bluescreen - while updating drivers and with it the Registry is about the worst time you could think of).

I can guarantee you on any typical PC setup, you can never find >50 updated Drivers/Packages for any Vista/7/8 System. It's impossible.

And btw. Software products don't have or need Drivers (unless it's a very special Software like i.e. a Virtual Machine). They may install & run services in the background - but those aren't drivers, unless they address specific hardware.

The usual result of running bloatware like that are more unstable systems, different System behaviour and it definitely won't run cooler. They're typically placebos that do more harm than good.
(unless you never installed a single driver after OS installation)

They generally fall in the same area like "Registry Cleaners" and "System Optimizers" - some work so some extend but generally do more harm than good. The majority achieves the exact opposite of what they claim.

After their dawn from Win95, it still amazes me that people still fall for them.

Old rule of the road :
Drivers and Registry maintenance is best done by hand or Auto-Updaters of the respective Package.
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Message 19826 - Posted: 5 Sep 2014, 15:59:42 UTC - in response to Message 19824.

Yeah... I use Advanced System Care to optimize my PC and Driver Booster to update drivers. Some people say they just cause more problems, but I haven't had any as of yet. There was this one time when the onboard graphics driver updated, and gave me lower FPS though. That was the only driver I rolled back.
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