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Giveaway of the day — DUMo 2.0

Dumo is a user-friendly driver updater that keeps your PC up-to-date and safe.
$14.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 165 (51%) 161 (49%) 55 comments

DUMo 2.0 was available as a giveaway on August 17, 2015!

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The easiest way to configure automatic file/folder backup!

Dumo is a user-friendly driver updater that keeps your PC up-to-date and safe. It uses the latest versions of required drivers according to your Windows version and detects installed hardware automatically.

It stands for Drivers Update Monitor, automatically scans the host system and identifies all the installed drivers.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8

Publisher:

KC Softwares

Homepage:

http://www.kcsoftwares.com/?dumo

File Size:

8.6 MB

Price:

$14.99

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#24

@NeroGoth

I would like to point out that your suggested SlimDrivers (https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php) hosts their slimdriver setup file on download.com (a company that has been known to add their own wrapper to downloads), and worse yet, driverupdate.net, a website that has been blocked by many HOSTS file download sites, due to driverupdate.net's reputation for displaying pop-up ads for fake driver update software. They (driverupdate.net) encourage users to download a program that will update their drivers, by claiming that the user's computer has outdated drivers, even before they have the ability to know that to be the case. This is typically done by a pop-up ad on a website, which has no way of knowing the state of a computer's device driver versions at that point. This is a scam tactic directed at naive users. Slimdrivers may be one of the programs they suggest (I have not tested it on a testing computer at this time). If Slimdrivers is to be considered to be trustworthy, then they should first dis-associate themselves from driverupdate.net. A search for "driverupdate.net ads removal" will show how bad of a choice an association with this company can be.

I would much rather download the DUMo 2.0 offering. I think the marketing name "Drivers Update Monitor" is fine, only that the additional text implies it updates your device drivers itself, and of course it does not. It certainly is not in the same category as other device driver update software we have seen here on GOTD. The other offering we have seen are (to me) even more scary because they can/will do the update. I appreciate the information, but I had rather do some investigation myself to see if it a risk I am willing to take.

In spite of DUMo 2.0 not doing the download directly, not offering a backup of existing drivers, or even creating a restore point, I do believe it to have some value in the device driver research area. Quicker than I could do the same with a search engine, it does list versions of your device driver that have a later version; granted, the updated version may not be a better choice for your device, simply because it is a later version number. I see the value as having another quick driver checklist that a user can compare to other device driver tools, or checking on one manually. I believe it is in a vastly different arena than the device driver software associated with driverupate.net.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#23

Thanks for this. I like the UI.. Everything is quite pleasant. All around a good luck and look and good figure. It reminds me that if I wanted I could update drivers more often. It brings me hope. Thanks for everything Kyle

Reply   |   Comment by Jarkydrapedoor  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

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I like the inventory, it's a good troubleshooting tool, that is, if versions are close, updating may not address problems being looked at.

I wonder where the update list comes from, and would like to download updated drivers ONLY from the original chip maker or system maker, and be allowed to deselect those intermediate sites that add rider programs and make us jump through registration hoops.

For example, DUMo said I need Intel chip drivers for Toshiba, but could not direct me to Intel or Toshiba.

I'd also like an option to, with one click, download a full latest updated suite of drivers from chip maker or computer maker for my one machine so I can burn them to CD/DVD for complete re-installation of my computer from scratch if needed -- okay, 2 clicks -- [ Select OS Operating System ], then [ Go ].

Thanks Kyle.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#21

Installed but after having jumped through hoops trying to find a link to actually download the updated driver, I gave up and uninstalled.

Thanks, but this is not for me

Reply   |   Comment by Shane J  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#20

I know this alternative method does not cover every app, software, etc, however it does cover much if not all the hardware, within the device.
Control Panel>Hardware and Sound>Devices and Printers>Device Manager.
This opens a window showing all devices within the system and even those plugins such as keyboards or mice, (although most of us have gone wireless); however you still most likely use a wireless dongle that plugs into the usb port.
By going through each and every device, right clicking; or left if you prefer the mouse on the left side, you can easily check to see if drivers are up to date, are working properly, etc.
Those that are faded, or grayed out, as might be on some older Operating systems or computers, a user can simply disable that device, since it is no longer used. For example, you had once bought a webcam for your desktop; however the new monitor may have come with one built in, or a microphone. Thus the old webcam was never un-installed or some files and drivers were left behind.
As I said however not everything is covered under the manager. As for software, often clicking on the help button and sometimes the program itself when opened will alert you to upgrades or updated drivers or versions. Software like these driver checkers/monitors are not always accurate and most devices have a sort of assistant or service center app, that sends the user notifications.

Reply   |   Comment by Kenneth Smith  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#19

No backup and restore of ALL current drivers?
That is a definite No-No. It shows software author did not sit down and think through the features an end user would want.
No auto restore point before update?
"new" drivers not from original hardware manufacturers?
Even if new drivers (for their latest hardware) are from original hardware manufacturers, that does not mean that the latest new drivers are perfect for your old & obsolete hardware installed in your PC 10 years ago.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#18

While I like this utility as well as Sumo from the same vendor, I'm not really impressed with the update implementation. Seriously...a Google search?!?! Not cool. But at the same time, I do prefer to locate/download/install these myself. So it's just a good tool to occasionally run to see if there are, in fact, new drivers available. As others have said, be aware that updating drivers can actually cause performance issues or introduce new bugs. On the other hand, updating to the latest drivers may actually resolve issues that you didn't even know you were experiencing. So take that for what it is worth. With regard to today's GOTD offering, as small and useful as this utility is, I definitely recommend it in your IT toolbox.

For those looking for an alternative and have a LOT of spare bandwidth, I discovered a utility called Snappy Driver Installer (http://sourceforge.net/projects/snappy-driver-installer/) last week that worked very well. It detected and installed several newer drivers on a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro....many of which were still just a few days old. Be warned that this is a 10GB torrent download, but includes a LOT of functionality with regard to driver management.

Reply   |   Comment by BlkCrowe  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Thank you ! (i'm the developper for both SUMo and DUMo)

Reply   |   Comment by Kyle  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#17

The latest drivers are not always the best. I had to go back to the old drivers because my computer slowed down to a crawl from the latest drivers.
If a driver is written for a specific type of a computer it does not means will work on yours too.
Every few months a new hardware is introduced in new computers and the drivers are specifically built into the install disk, if you change them, it may destroy your computer.
Do not fall for the "latest are the best" it is a falls misconception.

Reply   |   Comment by Martin  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#16

I have used approaching a dozen or so driver updaters and it is quite interesting to compare their often very different offerings! And that's immediately after doing a Windows Update! I have also done a Windows Update and then manually gone through the entire Devices and checked each for updates (very time consuming!) and then the Windows search for that driver indeed found an updates! Ones that one click Windows Update had just missed!

I know of NO way to assure having the ALL latest drivers!

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis Thornton  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

There is almost no use in having the newest drivers if your system is running smoothly, there is a bigger risc though that an update might mess things up. Some gamers find some use in updating drivers and having a few frames per second extra (Microsoft kills that tweaking hobby gamers like with windows 10 by the way) but for the average user who has no problems with his or her computer, having the newest drivers is totally not important.

Reply   |   Comment by Calimero  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#15

This looks good, BUT ...

I use IObits's free Driver Booster for my Samsung Laptop (upgraded from Win 8.1 - 10) & the current version 2.4 found 4 the other day to supplement Samsung's on-board Software Update.

This has however just found 10!

AS some folks have noted, there is no option to first back-up current drivers or set up a restoration point!

I may be mistaken, but I also do not see an option to select which of the outdated drivers it has identified to update, like Drive Booster & co provide. You either update all or none? I think that is not so good.

I would probably install the AMD graphic card driver, because since updating to Win 10, I get some error message now & then, which however seems harmless, etc

I am quite confused ... not sure whether to go on, ... just in case something goes wrong. I otherwise have no real bad experience with Driver Booster's function (just that if u do not watch out, it installs lots of other IObit programs)... & Slim drivers, earlier on.

Reply   |   Comment by xprt007  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#14

Number 12 Try I Obit Driver booster. Totally free, simple and easy to use

Reply   |   Comment by Bobb  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thanks Bobb, that what I was going to go with as I already use IObit products but I wanted to give this a try as it looks like a small (individual) developer.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Mark, you're right : small individual developer :)

Reply   |   Comment by Kyle  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Kyle,
I would happily give your software another try if you can take on-board the feedback you have received today, as it stands this doesn't feel like a useful application.
Identify superseded drivers, show me the new drivers information (release date, fixes, what the driver does/is for, etc.), let me hit a button to automatically create a backup/restore point and install new drivers, then let me set the software to automatically check for new drivers daily/weekly/monthly etc. silently in the background with a simple systray notification when it finds something new.
How about expanding it to software too like the filehippo app manager or 'Patch My PC'.
Best of luck.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Thought I try this out on a new windows install on my laptop only installed the network drivers and thought I'd let DUMo do it's thing. It found only one missing driver and redirected me to a webpage advertising another product with no mention of downloading drivers on it, just as well I had previously backed up all my drivers. Verdict certainly not worth the $14.99 being asked as it is totally useless. I could have found all the drivers easily by myself using Google. Complete waste of time and effort. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#12

OK, I happen to have been looking at driver updaters so I tried this, I like the simple interface, it has shown me some outdated drivers, so I select one and hit 'Download' but it takes me to a web page with a link to google search the product, a 'download' button that takes me to a lower part of the page that lists the different driver versions, none of which can be clicked on to download the driver. Either I am a complete idiot or this software doesn't help me download anything, just informs me of what is out of date without any way of downloading an update...

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#11

I keep hearing that people leave the driver updates to windows. I can tell you by what I'm going through NOW, Windows is not perfect for updates. I'm having issues with "no driver for my AMD graphics driver, started with upgrade to Windows 8, then Windows 8.1 and now again with upgrade to Windows 10. Windows doesn't seem to be able to find or fix the driver issue without a grueling battle. So Windows Update is not perfect.

Reply   |   Comment by CarolB.  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

I cannot find a PCI Simple Communications controller for a couple of years now. The manufacturer's web, also AMD, site no longer provides one. May this will help?

Reply   |   Comment by carolyn baker  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sorry mate, but from what I've seen of this software it won't solve anything, unless you are looking to go online and buy totally unrelated software.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

You are so right! And watch when Microsoft drivers become unsigned due some error: it is a battle.
@carolyn first ask yourself if you really need that driver (does anything fail), often a "PCI communications controller" driver is related to an inbuilt analogue (33.6k/56k) modem; you might do without that functionality.

Reply   |   Comment by Calimero  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

" I’m having issues with “no driver for my AMD graphics driver"

You might try the relevant forums at guru3d.com . If you have a notebook, different reference drivers may or may not work, so try to find out what other people with the same notebook are using with Google or Bing. AMD.com will offer to scan your device & match it with the latest drivers, though folks at guru3d might be able to point you in a better direction, e.g. modded drivers if your hardware is not supported. Unfortunately I suspect that might be the case, as AMD has worked pretty closely with Microsoft on 10 -- many AMD graphics fans have moved to 10 just to take advantage of better AMD drivers.

While it's not as likely an issue, please remember that Windows can't actually see or tell what hardware you have. It goes completely by the drivers that are installed, e.g. migrating win7 after replacing an AMD motherboard with one using an Intel chipset, Windows still insists one of the components is really AMD instead of Intel. If you upgraded from 7->8->8.1->10, Windows & Windows update might just be wrong -- you might have to completely remove the graphics driverset & install the current correct one. Again Google/Bing along with manufacturer, model etc. should be able to lead you to just what you've got.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Just to let you know that AMD video drivers for Windows 10 have been released (end of July). ONLY currenly sold cards are supported. On other products it will kill your Windows 10 video. AMD has categorically and publicly stated:

AMD will NEVER, EVER provide updated drivers for legacy models to run Windows 10.

Even cards sold 3 months ago that are no longer being sold or manufactured can be affected.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul B.  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#10

This kind of program is only slightly less risky than the "fix/speed up your computer" programs which almost all frequently corrupt your computer. For example, one well-known heavily advertised one reports that it can't find program X so it wants to delete references to it from your registry. But I either know where that file is or I can find it, manually fix the registry link, and that PC problem is fixed not made worse. At least this program doesn't automatically make changes like the "fix/speed up" programs default to doing. Windows will know when you need to update a driver etc. But if you want to see if there is anything that might be applicable to you, there are numerous paid shareware update programs that should give you greater confidence that the author is better informed and has put more effort into making a safe program.

Reply   |   Comment by Doug Jensen  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Politely disagree...

You're told if Dumo finds updates & given complete choice with zero claims on what to do next. Assuming you can use Google or Bing you can probably find reports from people who have updated a particular driver, & so make an informed decision.

Windows update will scan your device & see what updates it has in its databases that match. It doesn't have every driver, nor necessarily the complete or latest versions.

"there are numerous paid shareware update programs that should give you greater confidence that the author is better informed and has put more effort into making a safe program."

Maybe I'm misunderstanding this?... How does being "better informed" have anything to do with writing driver update software? And, assuming it didn't contain mal-ware or alter your security settings &/or software, how could an app that tells you driver updates are available be unsafe? Those choices, where you download a driver from, & whether you install it or not, are completely up to you.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#9

Not impressed and actually kind of confused, offered here is DuMo 2.0. On the website DuMo is free, the pro version adds enhanced performances (whatever that might be) and priority support (which GOTD rule #1 says we don't get) So....what exactly is offered here? The price is Pro but that is not what the offer says. Besides that there is the fact the dev didn't think about adding a back up possibility (which seems to me like a critical component. Given with that is the fact that the list on the page mentioning to be "reviews & Awards" does not show any award and reviews ranging from 2 stars to 4 stars (nowhere it get's 10/10) AND the fact it is just a shell for a driver targeted search app makes me not wanna touch this

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#8

Will it contain a hex editor so we can see inside the package to inspect the driver before install?
And will it allow us to sign our own drivers? In Test mode for instance?
Im using Windows 10, and as everythings managed by the OS, I'd rather leave it at that.
Safer's better than Sorry.
Kind regards
Richard

Reply   |   Comment by Richard Sebire  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Can´t decide if you are satirical or just don´t know. If you think that it is better to rely on Microsoft in providing the driver in stead of the maker of the product that needs a driver, then good luck with that! I ´ve been called many times to repair a driver provided by Microsoft that has become corrupted or failed otherwise; they are on average the most difficult to fix. No one needs a hex editor to "inspect the driver" and yes, you can sigh a driver (mostly people don´t program drivers, they might occassionaly adapt a driver) but not with this program of course. Programming drivers and signing drivers have nothing to do with this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Calimero  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#7

My small and short test:
The soft suggest you some update to do.
If you decide to download it open there web page where you can view info about the download ask and the version you have installed and a link to search Google to find a link to download an update [linking around !].
They don't "give" you a link to directly download an update, there is a reason for that, it's risky !
Be very careful to where and what you will download, some download site like to include other software in the installation process.
Always create a restore point before updating drivers, and sometime the update is only a new way to give you publicity, not much else.
And remember ; nothing is free on the internet, there is always a way to make money, otherwise why would they do-it ?
Sometime its honest, sometime not.
You can always do this search yourself, you don't need a soft to do so, but if you don't know how to do so maybe you should not do so :)
As long you have the choice to install or not, and, you know what you are doing, everything is alright, if not don't touch-it !
Like someone said before"If it's not broken why fix-it ?" Even more if you don't know how to do so.
Fast and easy way to screw or fix your computer, depend on you, not the soft, it can't help you on that, merely suggest you how-to.
Take care...

Reply   |   Comment by Col-Hectorz  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#6

This program should show the correct driver downloads and an option to download and option to install. then it would be a useful program

Reply   |   Comment by Aumy  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#5

Never update drivers for the sake of having the 'latest' of everything, sometimes this can have a bad effect on the computer. Especially on notebooks, it's best to stick with what the OEM provides.

And if there's a chance there is a bad driver, only install the one needed & ignore the rest. If that's not possible with this software, don't use it. Generally speaking, these 'driver updaters' will often offer generic updates & may or may not pertain to your computer. Plus in exchange for you getting drivers, your installed ones are uploaded to their database. That's how in part they get these drivers.

Cat

Reply   |   Comment by Cat Tilley  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)

DITTO. And if you need driver updates (Dell), best just take the painful time and get them from dell. Even MS will screw up your system if you let it do it's OWN driver update install.

Reply   |   Comment by tc1uscg  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

Yes, yes, Yes! Ever since (3 years now) I have ignored all MS updates except one marked IMPORTANT my Win & 64 has had no problems. Before that I had nightmares on every other update.

Reply   |   Comment by freecat  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

"Never update drivers for the sake of having the ‘latest’ of everything, sometimes this can have a bad effect on the computer. Especially on notebooks, it’s best to stick with what the OEM provides."

OEMs will generally only offer an update when the product's current. The market's too competitive, & profit margins too low to spend resources on something that will not increase your sales. OTOH, especially on models more than a few years old, notebook OEMs sold pretty individualized products. By that I mean 2 different makes or models of notebooks might have the same components, but they were installed or wired in very different ways.

What that means is that if you own a notebook the best way to get the max performance out of it is to find out what components [brand & model] it uses for such things as audio, networking, graphics etc. Then stay up to date on when new drivers are released for those components -- not every day but maybe once or twice a month. Then research to find out what others with the same notebook who volunteer to be guinea pigs report. In fact that's good advice whether you own a notebook or something else -- see what others experience with a new driver before you try it.

"Generally speaking, these ‘driver updaters’ will often offer generic updates & may or may not pertain to your computer."

The companies that make the components your Windows device uses provide working drivers to their customers, called reference drivers. Their customers are the companies making motherboards, assembling devices etc. This 2nd tier of companies may alter [improve or specialize] those drivers, & of course will check them out to make sure that they work properly before they're shipped with the device, be it installed along with Windows on a tablet, on a disc with a motherboard, or maybe as files for say a company that will sell a notebook.

Bigger component OEMs will usually continue to sell the same chips long after the order was filled that went into your device, so they'll often continue to improve & refine their reference drivers to stay competitive & make more sales. *Usually* because the chips themselves have not changed, reference drivers will work, & besides, that's usually you're only option, but you're right in saying that they don't always work. That's why as above, let someone else be the guinea pig.

As far as driver update software goes, you have all the options, but if nothing else Dumo can likely save you the time it would take to stay current with what driver updates have been released.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#4

I wouldn't recommend third party driver update managers. Windows always will inform you if there is a real crucial problem with your installed hardware. If Windows can't find a driver, most likely there is a reason for it (say, unstable, incompatible etc.) and no third party "driver manager" will get a proper solution. On old systems it might work with a low chance of success, think OEM Windows 98 or XP with strange GPU drivers that you never have heard about, likewise some odd audio boards from Taiwan. Also, for the latest systems running Windows 7/8/10 all hardware that can run Windows 10 there will be drivers on Windows update - that is, all hardware vendors register their drivers with Microsoft to avoid exactly the problem which today's giveaway is trying to "fix" for you where nothing is to fix. Anything else, follow the golden rule "if it aint broken don't try to fix it".

Reply   |   Comment by xenox  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+64)

I'm the developper.

That's why DUMo does not "installs" new driver by itself but leave full control to the end user.

Reply   |   Comment by Kyle  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

I couldn't agree more. DUMo maybe a great piece of software. I hope that it is. My way of thinking is, why fix something thats not broke? Windows update is all I rely on. Using Windows 7 Pro and not going to any other numbers despite what Microsoft wants. If your system is working, don't go looking for problems. Pass on driver update software. Let Windows (what ever number) worry about that. If you choose to use DUMo, please create a restore point before hand! It may save some grief.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim0214  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Maybe it was just indigenous to Dell but if during updates, if you EVER let MS install it's version of drivers, you were bound to have problems. We ALWAYS got our driver updates direct from Dell. We had about 600+ pc/laptops @ the campus I worked at. Most manufactures, such as Dell would scan your system and recommend driver updates. With all the kinds of software we ran (AutoDesk, Adobe suites, etc..) you were taking changes of a repeat call to the lab/classroom if you ran the likes of apps like this. Not that it's a bad program, but experience dictated to just stick with the manufacture of your PC. Disclaimer: I do not nor never did like Dell products, I just have to support them. They are on my list just as GM cars are on my list. Bottom line, I would NEVER buy or own one. :-)

Reply   |   Comment by tc1uscg  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

I am sorry to inform those 'relying on Windows Update' to update drivers you are MISTAKEN. This answer you provided is believing "I bought this new door lock and it will make sure my house will NEVER be broken into" but how easy is it to just break and window and climb in and out? VERY, because your putting your absolute faith in the wrong place. How can I say that? I am not only certified by Microsoft, but have been fixing computers since 1990 professional through ALL iterations of OS issued by Microsoft to date inclusive of prereleased and final RTM editions of Windows 10.

Microsoft's Windows Update ONLY AND SOLELY CONTAINS MICROSOFT (WHQL) APPROVED drivers, that have been engineered to MICROSOFT'S requirements, NOT the HARDWARE / HARDWARE MAKER'S specifications. Like Apple did with it's OS, this is a nice concept (as noted) to ensure clean and compatible drivers are ONLY installed, but NOT ALL HARDWARE MAKERS (as said the normal 'cheap' Asian made ones you NORMALLY buy) have the HEAVY cost nor time (delay to market missing optimal product to sales ratios) to make specifically to WHQL which ALSO DROPS ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND OPTIONS normally integrated to 'improve' the product and 'separate it' from competitors.

Hardware drivers HAVE BEEN always found on HARDWARE maker's websites NOT SOFTWARE MAKERS (Microsoft), with the LATEST improvements to optimize, and most of all 'correct' even ISSUES MICROSOFT CAUSES. Case in point just Google Windows 10 Nvidia and you see how MICRSOFT'S WHQL W10 drivers were being forced onto Nvidia owners which resulted in those with DUAL CARDS having ONE TURNED OFF among other issues, even when they tried to UPDATE from Nvidia directly, Windows UPDATE would FORCE it to roll back to the WHQL.

I personally have been using SlimDrivers https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php for a number of years without a problem (though I am reading issues here on how this GAOTD works?) because I don't really have time to go to the Video Driver, Chipset Driver, Audio Driver, Keyboard driver, Mouse Driver, RAM I/O Driver, WIFI Driver, NIC Driver, Additional / Multimedia Keys Driver, etc. etc. etc. Hardware maker then 'drill down' trying to find MY specific model (great tool to tell you each piece of hardware? SPECCY https://www.piriform.com/speccy ) and for the average Joe/Jane IHavenoclueWHATaDriveris User, I certainly do not expect them to even try as this is all 'too technical' without some tool like SlimDrivers or today's GAOTD.

Still for the naysayers I will give you a challenge; Go ahead and download SlimDrivers and run it (which by the way downloads / links to the Original Hardware Maker's website not third parties to download the drivers) and see what 'version' of driver your 'Windows Update' is running as compared to what it finds. Now go to the Hardware Maker's website and look up that driver yourself for that version (simple Google it is faster to pull it from the HW Maker's website) and look at the CHANGELOG. Does your precious Windows Update really fix ALL the issues AS CITED in the Changelog of the driver? NO, only the HW Maker on their own website is keeping up with that issue.

Reply   |   Comment by NeroGoth  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+46)

Many people & companies don't trust Microsoft, & that includes the hardware manufacturers who have lots of resources devoted to developing their drivers & any accompanying apps. So they traditionally give Microsoft just a bare, basic version of any driver -- just enough so that when you install Windows it'll run, & then you're supposed to install their full version. The one long time exception was some drivers from Intel, & a new exception is AMD graphics drivers for win10.

If you're installing drivers for whatever component for the 1st time a minimal version in the Microsoft update databases is probably OK -- often won't get full functionality, but it should basically work. Once the full version driver is installed however, updating to a minimal one can mean disaster. There's also often an issue of driver version numbers, with Microsoft update suggesting a driver that is older than what you've currently got installed.

"Windows always will inform you if there is a real crucial problem with your installed hardware. If Windows can’t find a driver, most likely there is a reason for it (say, unstable, incompatible etc.)"

The *Only* way that Microsoft will know if there's a driver update is if the manufacturer who wrote it tells them about it & gives them the new driver. As far as testing goes, Microsoft will test drivers to make sure that they're compliant with Windows spec, *but that's it*. [https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff553976%28v=vs.85%29.aspx]

"for the latest systems running Windows 7/8/10 all hardware that can run Windows 10 there will be drivers on Windows update"

As politely as possible, no... There are enough of the basics that 10 should install, *probably* 8.1, & *maybe* 7 [depending on how new the hardware is]. But on a fresh install to get everything running *the way it's supposed to* you'll have to install drivers from the various component manufacturers.

"follow the golden rule “if it aint broken don’t try to fix it”."

Problem Is, how do you know it's broke, or better yet, how do you know whatever device or component can't work better? How often do you install a Windows update that you never knew you needed? With no offense to Kyle, who's kind enough to be here, developers &/or coders make mistakes -- they are only human -- & updates are how they fix them.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#3

Alway's create a restore point before updating drivers (just in case it all goes pear-shaped) ;) and remember, new is not always better.

Reply   |   Comment by Ant B  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+82)

You should ideally go one better & do a full image backup of your Windows disk/partition. Drivers load before and during Windows start -- without drivers Windows can't talk to your hardware, & without that it cannot run. So if a new critical driver goes badly "pear-shaped", you're locked out of Windows. You might be able to do a repair or maybe a reset at that point, but that sort of thing doesn't always work & it's quicker & easier to just restore a fresh backup.

Another reason to backup is that you may not know that a new driver is going to misbehave for a couple few days. My last bad experience [a month or so ago] meant a random BSOD every couple of days -- it was about a week before the 3rd one struck, so I was certain there was a problem rather than a completely out-of-the-blue case of Windows screwing up or a new version of an app.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Drivers generally just provide "translation" between Windows and the device. Unless you change the device or install a new version of Windows, there really isn't anything to be gained by updating the driver. You aren't going to get new features from your old device. Very occassionally you might run across a poorly written driver that needs to be rewritten. An exception to this is video card drivers. There are some times when a new standard technology is adopted, and updating the driver will allow the video card to use the new and better features.

I subscribe to the adage: "If it ain't broke ............................."

Reply   |   Comment by Paul B.  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Only one non-oem driver update has ever done my systems any noticible improvement, that was for my OEM broadcom 4321 AG 802.11a/b/g/Draft2.0-n it had incompatabilities with certain router wifi hardware. Upgrading it to the latest Broadcom 4321AG 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter driver resolved the incompatibility and gave me proper N compatibility too. That was found by Driver Magician which has been given away on this site several times.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

I miss the backup of current drivers.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

I'm the developper. Good idea, will be implemented soon !

Reply   |   Comment by Kyle  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)

How is it that programmers can write millions of characters of code and not have a single error in it all but can't spell their way out of a wet paper sack. I am kind of leery of these types of programs as I am with the registry editing programs and efficacy programs. I always seem to have bad luck when I use one. Obviously it could be user error.

Reply   |   Comment by Don Sichness  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

Apparently, Don feels that English is the only language in the universe and that we should all be completely literate in it. By the way, your first sentence should have been followed by a question mark.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

While I recognized that fact that programmers are in (practically) every country of the world and English may not be their 1st language, I have to agree with Don. The point is that 2nd-language-English speakers may have a very difficult time with grammar and spelling. However, there are many English speaking people who would be eager to help out with those matters. A professional programmer/designer would take that step because it reflects on the software's capability and reliability.

One caveat though: Do not ask a native English speaker to proof-read for you. Native English speakers (ie. English is their 1st language) know even less about grammar and spelling because they are not taught their own language in far too many schools. Thus, especially spelling is atrocious.

hav i sed enuf or shood i get go sumwun elce two get there openun and write an nice long run-on sentence or paragraph with no punctuation ? Anyway, that is my opinion about proper Inglish ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Paul B.  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

John, maybe the lack of question mark has become to mean a retorical question? i.e. not inviting an answer.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

I try to understand - after apps check my components and display drivers updated or not, i have option to download updated drivers from kcsoftwares webpage. Here, between many adds, i have found a blue button with Download text on him. Unfortunately not functional. I try this program before to buy, good intention, bad implementation...

Reply   |   Comment by CD  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+57)

This is what I see:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1122113/giveawayoftheday/2015Q3/2015-08-17_01_DUmo.png

I miss your adds ;)

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

This is what I see in step2 and 3:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1122113/giveawayoftheday/2015Q3/2015-08-17_02_DUmo.png

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1122113/giveawayoftheday/2015Q3/2015-08-17_03_DUmo.png

It just uses Google with a simple search term! I can search better ...

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

.
I think you are on ANDROID, not Windows, am I right, @CD?
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
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