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.
afro4cbossAsked:
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netcmhCommented:
Have you tried the manage computer, right click device, update driver option?

here try this: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/3DP-Chip.shtml
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Ryan LanhamCommented:
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.
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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.

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/1484-finding-drivers-by-vendor-and-device-id-s-through-device-manager

I hope that would help.

Sudeep
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nobusCommented:
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:   http://www.pcidatabase.com/index.php

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 : https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php
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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!
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afro4cbossAuthor Commented:
I registered to driverindentifier.com for free and used the dev/rev hardware id codes to get drives that worked like magic!

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