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Use Windows Updates to find Driver Updates

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Dr Dave, Mar 24, 2005.

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  1. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave Thread Starter

    Apr 8, 2002
    Use Windows Update to find driver updates

    In Windows Update click Custom Install in the main column, and then click Select optional hardware updates in the left-hand column.

    Windows Update examines all parts of your system to determine what needs updating and it may recommend more than just driver updates. It's a good idea to visit Windows Update regularly for driver updates and other non-critical updates.
  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    Personally I would avoid any driver updates that Windows update may suggest and go only for the drivers from the actual device makers website.

    I have had "bad experiences" with both Network Card and Graphics Card drivers from Windows updates. Never again.
  3. junker39


    Jun 12, 2004
    Same here. Sometimes what their update scan says you need is not always correct. Right now, it says I need a video driver update when I have the lastest from ATI already installed along with the Radlinker program. M$ doesn't always know best.
  4. bobol


    Jan 28, 2004
    Ditto on that kiwiguy/junker, I similarly have a network update that I'm not touching again. But that driver update check is worth noting just to see what drivers you 'might' actually need. For example I saw a ati driver update available at the Windows site, and then went to the ATI site; there I found info that my current driver shouldn't be updated if there are no problems-so that too I'm not touching.

    It's good that Windows alerts you to know that drivers are available, but then check at the original manufacturer's site to see if these are essential-since it seems they aren't in fact 'critical' updates on some occasions.
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Using Windows update for drivers is a BAD IDEA! I've been nuked twice over the years when Microsoft incorrectly identified what driver I required. If you want to update your drivers, go to the source and download the proper driver.
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