January 24, 2009 at 9:36 am #28500
Hi Guys.Wondering which is the best way to determine if one needs updated Drivers.Just ran 3 online Driver scans,and got 3 different results.Who do you believe?Confused. 🙂January 24, 2009 at 11:17 am #30982
I prefer to update drivers as I need them. Unless something comes up which actually points to me needing a new driver, I dont really see the point.Windows updates will advise and supply you with most if not all of the more important stuff, as the major companies all co-operate with Microsoft in this respect. Otherwise, unless something is actually having issues.. its back to what I always say.. 'if it aint broke, don't fix it.' You will actually find that often updating drivers can have a negative effect on your system. Thats why Windows has the 'roll back drivers' option on all drivers...For example, if your audio is having some kind of an issue, then of course one of the things you'll look at to fix it is maybe updating the drivers. But its working well, then why do it? The same applies to graphics, input peripherals, or any other piece of hardware installed in your computer. Often the only reason updated drivers are necessary at all is that something else which it works with, like Windows for instance, has changed and therefore it needs to adapt to the changes.I just let Windows provide me with any updated drivers it chooses to. I don't update any other drivers unless I am actually experiencing a problem, and then I only update the drivers that may have some effect on the problem. I have a real problem with using online scans of any kind. These scans are free for a reason. They are receiving a benefit. This may be as simple and harmless as lifting their traffic levels to increase their advertising revenue, or they may be seriously damaging to you in some cases. This is especially true if they require you to download anything to 'assist' in the process. And of course.. a scan means you are giving them access to the depths of your computer.. Even the free software which we recommend on our parent site, tips4pc.com , has a purpose in being free. If we've recommended it, then its good stuff, and safe, but most of them are giving you the free stuff in the hope that you'll upgrade to the paid stuff if you like it. Open source programs are usually the exception here, as that's often just a bunch of geeks all clubbing together to 'build a better mousetrap' and they mostly do that for altruistic reasons. Even open source programs are not entirely safe though.. its not hard to add a GNU public license into the blurb that comes with the software.. whether you have actually earned it is another thing. The difference with open source software is that that the source code is visible and editable, but can you find the bugs in a bunch of code? Fortunately there are people who regularly check open source software for this reason, but even a product like Open Office, a genuinely free and very, very good program, can be altered by anyone at all, and posted on a website pretending to be the original, very good quality software.. but with a few nasty little extras plumbed into it. A golden rule when online is to always remember.. there aint no such thing as a free lunch. The lunch might be free, but the plate its served on will cost you an exorbitant dishwashing fee.... 😉The bad guys online actively prey on peoples security concerns to achieve exactly what the innocent user is trying to prevent...
Mitz from Tips4pcJanuary 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm #30983
Thanks for the deailed explanation,Dak.Much appreciated. 🙂This is an area, I wasn't clear about, and your post will help everyone, who reads it,not only me.I wasn't aware that updating Drivers,could have a negative effect on your Computer,in some cases.January 24, 2009 at 9:54 pm #30984
It's good to know, really it is – and I too thank you for your great explanation, Dak!January 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm #30985
Myself i got to Nvidia.com and search for latest deriver, if available then i download and install it in offline. For sound driver just in Google for update.January 5, 2010 at 1:01 am #30986
Most new devices will update themselves if your lucky…For example my printer will give me a message saying there is a new updated driver available. I wish they were all like this!!!February 10, 2012 at 7:31 am #30987
Thank you for sharing this informative post..
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