Using Device Manager To Check For Updates Usually ...
by Grif Thomas - 12/25/08 8:02 PM
In Reply to: Read above... by prose036
...causes more problems than cures.. Basically, when you hit the "Update Driver" button from the Device Manager, it only checks on your computer for updates OR if you allow it to, you can allow it to search the Windows Updates site for updates that Microsoft recommend.. If the device is already on the computer, there's really no need to search for it as Windows will generally install the most suitable driver available. In regards to the Windows Updates driver listing, unfortunately, we've seen WAY TOO MANY computer problems when using the updates listed at the Microsoft site.. Microsoft doesn't build hardware drivers.. The hardware manufacturer's do or possibly the computer manufacturer does, but not Microsoft.. So, my recommendation is to NOT use any drivers recommended at Windows Update unless there is no other choice.. Instead, visit the manufacturer's website to find and download current driver updates, one by one for each hardware device that isn't working..
Updating drivers simply to update isn't always the best way to proceed.. If a specific device isn't functioning correctly and needs to get a new driver, find a new driver for that device only..
Hope this helps.
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