Drive update software

Abraham Deutsch
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After a fresh install lot of drivers need to updated outdated drivers can cause lot of issues.

Looking for a software at least for a beginning point to do a scan download and install also finding the right drivers especially at intal I find difficult
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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The BEST scan software is that provided by the manufacturer. That is what I use exclusively.

There are driver update sites, many - so pick one that looks best to you. Lots of advertising on these sites so take care.
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The best driver is manufacturer driver as mentioned above, and you can find it on Manufacturer website.
Also I used Driver Genius, it's not free but it's very good to find the right Drivers.
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Driver genius is fine (colleagues have used it) but as noted above - not free.
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I would agree that the best option is the manufacturers website but we've had good luck with Snappy Driver Installer. It's free and I've only encountered one instance where it couldn't find the appropriate driver. As with most freeware you should use some caution but so long as you are conscious of what software selections you've made it works quite well.
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Generally Windows update will do most of that for you.

Do the install and the Service Packs and then the updates.

Now there are Driver Update sites and utils for that purpose if you want to spend the money.  Not needed in my opinion IF on install and initial patching all of the relevant drivers are found.  In most cases they are (I've had installs where many drivers and devices weren't found but in the consequent Service Packs and updates they all came through).  In some cases they are not (Recently had to install a Windows 7 driver for the sound in my Dell).

Now for updates:

Intel has its own util http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/detect.html
Dell http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=56J82 for Windows 7
HP Support Assistant http://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/hpsupportassistant/hpsupport.html?jumpid=va_r602_us/en/any/psg/pl_ot_ob_ds_pd/hpsupportassistant_cc/dt#.WNwVj8nRUdU
AMD has its Catalyst Centre

(Some of the above are application checkers as well)

And most of these run in the background and do the check automatically for you.
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Deploy WSUS and setup clients to use it. Configure WSUS to download/deploy drivers
Abraham DeutschIT professional
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In cases the computer in manual assembled is where I have the most issues or with added hardware will check out your recommendations
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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For custom machines with commercial parts, Driver Genius will be a good way to go.
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here's how i handle  a new install
Windows 7
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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
4- If your LAN is running, you can also use windows update> optional drivers, or  use a driver update software
Abraham DeutschIT professional
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Now I am in big trouble I installed from intal the wrong driver controller and the computer does not start....
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Boot last known good config
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Windows running in to a error and correct to a restore to a earlier time
RaminTechnical Advisor

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Just last Known good Configuration or Restore from Restore point.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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See if you can start with a Windows Bootable DVD and replace the driver.
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At startup before starting windows "Controller not found AHCI Bios not installed"
supermicro make it difficult to start from USB only DVD will work but window 10 does not fit on a DVD (to large)
RaminTechnical Advisor

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No, it's not more than a DVD. it's less than 4 GB.

If Windows 10 can not starup correctly then  you have to Create a USB/DVD Installation for Windows 10 on other computer or use Window 10 installation DVD.

To create a Windows 10 Installation Media:

 1- Go to the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from this link:
      https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
  2- Click on Download tools now
  3- Run the Tools as Administrator
  4- Accept the license and follow on screen options.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Try using a large USB Key. Windows 10 media will go on that.
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Otherwise try and get a DL DVD (8.5GB)
Abraham DeutschIT professional
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Ordered one will arrive Sunday
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why not make the DVD?  it fits on it - and is very easy for later use too
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I posted I image windows saying a DVD is to small to burn windows 10 OS on it
RaminTechnical Advisor

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Microsoft: We recently refreshed our media for Windows 10 and it grew beyond the 4.7Gb limit of a normal DVD.
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/win-10-home-iso-file-too-big-for-47gb-dvdr/35b7b8af-190a-40c9-b900-cbb07e1aad58

You  have to use either a 8 GB thumb drive or a dual layer DVD to make a bootable copy as mentioned by Shaun.
Abraham DeutschIT professional
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I insert the installation drive choose install/install windows and keep files settings and applications after I am getting the following msg File_001.jpeg Please help
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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What ISO are you using?  That is not a Windows 10 Installation message (not one I have ever seen).

The other possibility is that you have some really incompatible software (or drivers)
Abraham DeutschIT professional
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Its a Window 10 IOS I downloaded from the above link

Everything worked find till I did this wrong drive update (the drive update I did not do becuse something did not work just wanted to bring things up to date)

This PC was RAID as I was trying to repair I did a BIOS reset do you think this can be the issue? and if yes, what can I do to solve the issue
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This is a screen shot of the step before the above msgFile_000--2-.jpeg
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Update: I detached the drives and insert new hard drive installed windows on it and had no issue even the Controller not found AHCI Bios not installed was still there. did a driver update with Snappy Driver Installer (since I am not planning to use this herd drive I did not go with a paid version) then I detached the new drive and insert the original hard drive and does not boot File_000--3-.jpeg
Abraham DeutschIT professional
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I have reason to believe that the issue is related to the raid. Since I tried booting from a image I created a week before trouble started and it will not boot from that drive ether.
Note currently I even worse as I reset all bios settings
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if you have a backup, bust delete evrything on the disk(s)- by formatting them
then restart
RaminTechnical Advisor
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How many HDD do you have on your system ?
if more than one, Disconnect extra HDD(s) from your PC and then retest.
when Windows 10 startup normally, you can connect your extra HDD to the system.
also set the HD to AHCI / IDE and retest.
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Thanks God I have a backup via Casper - www.fssdev.com I did a restore to a day before the disaster happened and I am up in running perfectly fine. The process for fairly easy.

Thank you nobus for discovering me a feature I never know exist until now I used a third party software siw and also for the voluble site in the link you provided but since Driver Genius is less then $30 it saves a lot of time.

Thank you Shaun Vermaak for your helpful tip of using a DL DVD which I never know exists, and was critical in my situation since on this machine I cannot boot from a USB for unknown reason.

Thank you Ramin for your advice to detach drivers beside the OS which made it easier in the restore process. And changing the HD [since I did a bios reset I needed to change it back to raid which via your advice directing me to that setting I realized this].

What a price for a wrong driver update.

Snappy Driver Installer is a good tool to have on a machine you (or client) do not want to spend money on, and should be clean since it’s from a .org website

Thank you all for giving your time a knowledge it was a big help in a critical moment since this is my main PC where I have all my tools and applcations.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Thank for your update and kind remarks.
RaminTechnical Advisor

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I am also very glad you got it working, and Thanks.

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