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What is the best driver finder program?

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What is the best driver finder program?

I'm looking for a program that will be able to scan my computer and locate drivers and updated drivers for all devices that are attached to my computer.

One such program is Driver Magician.

I'm looking for the best program on the market that will be able to scan my computer and then locate and install the best driver from the internet.

What is the best driver finder program?
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DriverEasy is recommended by expert nobus who may pop in with comments.

There are a number of these apps out there.   See http://driver-update-software-review.toptenreviews.com/index.html for examples but I wouldn't trust their reviews.

DriverGenius http://download.cnet.com/Driver-Genius-Professional-Edition/3000-2094_4-10238646.html used to be popular in the old days.

The magic rule for driver updates (my rule anyway) is you update when the system gives trouble.  If it works then leave it alone.

As an example in the old days there were updates for the Via chipset drivers.  All very nice except in some cases the old driver ran better than the newer one for some people.  And acknowledged by Via.

Exception to rule.  Video driver updates.  Look at corrections and alterations to the new driver especially if you are a gamer.  The update may well be worth it.
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by:ccns
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if HP built system there is a driver detect on the HP support website
also for dell computer i think.
it could be the same for other brands but its the only 2 i work with.
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What is the URL address for the driver detect program on the HP website?
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by:jelymc
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http://www.hp.com/#Support

click on start detection
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by:hopeleonie
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http://driveragent.com/ is the best. We use it to scan all of our 30000 clients.
Compare and Review:
http://www.driverreview.com/
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by:nobus
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actually - i translated drivereasy, and have used it many times
it has failed only once, on an old GE PRO-HT board to load one VGA driver, so i would say it works well
a couple of days ago, my briother popped in witha W7 system that had an error popup on every boot - but not at my place (so it was a not connected device - but which?)
i updated all drivers with drivereasy - and the problem was gone
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by:profgeek
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Pareto Logic DriverCure has worked for me:

http://www.paretologic.com/products/drivercure/index.aspx
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Does anyone else have any further comments or suggestions?
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3dp chip is an another pretty tool.it can detect sound, vga, mother board chip set & cpu update hot fixes.provide the direct link to download.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/3DP-Chip.shtml

you can use 3dpnet to install network drivers if you have not installed network drivers
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http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/3DP-Net-Download-119349.html
http://www.3dpchip.com/index_eng.html

another one http://www.drivershq.com/

Driver easy is another best tool.it can detect all types of devices
http://www.drivereasy.com/
 these are freeware & free version
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i'm sure you can find many tools that do work.
i also suppose all will eventually fail somewher ( as all automated processes)
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