Good Driver Update Scanner

Good Afternoon Everyone;

  I am building a 'spare' laptop with XP Pro just to surf on. I have three 'unidentified' devices in the Device Manager after the build has been completed. I need a good scanner/updating tool for drivers that works with XP Pro 32-bit AND DOES NOT install to the hard drive (eg. Java/HTML based scanner). Free would be a plus !

  Any advice? I'd accept a free software that does install if I can uninstall the software afterwards COMPLETELY.

Thanks in advance for you information.
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Ryan LanhamConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I would identify the hardware in question and download the specific drivers individually. If windows update manager can't identify / download a driver I doubt anything else will be able to. Especially if you don't want to install it / give it access to the registry and low level windows resources it would need.

Normally when you have hardware that is missing drivers / unidentified from a new install it's drivers for Chipset, SMBios, or Media Card readers / peripherals built into the motherboard such as USB3 or eSATA controllers, etc.

You locate details about the device by viewing the following guide:

How To Find Unknown Device Drivers By Their Vendor & Device ID

This will help you locate the vendor and narrow down the hardware. From the you can download the drivers you need from the correct sources.
Have you tried the manage computer, right click device, update driver option?

here try this:
Sudeep SharmaTechnical DesignerCommented:
There is nothing better than searching the device driver yourself by manually looking at the manufacturer's website. In case you don't know the manufacturer or the device I would recommend you to go through the link below.

Since any driver search program has the limitation of searching on the bases of data available in there database.

I hope that would help.

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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
if you have  unknown devices in device manager, you can use this procedure to identify them :

1-visit the motherboard manufacturers support site, for downloading drivers
2- use windows update >optional updates to find them

3-Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Information.
Now select  "Components" and highlight "Problem Devices".
All hardware devices with a driver problem will be listed here.
Make a note of the first line of the PNP Device ID line of the entry. It will show a Vendor number and a Device number (VENxxxxDEVxxxx) both four digits long.
Look up those numbers here:

This will tell you the manufacturer and the chip number.  
Check the manufacturer's website first or google them - or post them here

If your LAN is running, you can also use windows update> optional drivers, or  use slimdrivers :
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
On another pc, go to the Laptop Manufacturer's site, click support, Drivers and enter the model of the laptop

Select XP for the O/S and download the missing drtivers to a CD or flash drive. Finalize that CD or save the files to a flash drive and move it to the Laptop.

Run the executables which should install the appropriate drivers.

I'm assuming you need the following

1. Chipset/System drivers
2. Lan/Network Adaptor
3. Video
4. Touchpad

Hope this helps!
afro4cbossAuthor Commented:
I registered to for free and used the dev/rev hardware id codes to get drives that worked like magic!

I recommend this site to you all.
i can recommend drivereasy also :
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