Does Driver Update eliminate driver problems and have your PC running like new again?

Paul P December 28, 2013
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Does Driver Update eliminate your driver problems and have your PC running like new again? Now are they better than any other service out there? Then for their 3 years for 3 computer they give you Fixcleaner Windows Optimizer . Does a Windows computer on need this software?

  1. Bruce E
    December 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I have yet to find any driver update program that will ONLY grab the updates from official sources. Because of this, not all of the drivers it wants to install can be trusted. Use any of these types of tools at your own risk. Your best bet is to either use the drivers that are vetted by Microsoft and issued as optional updates through Windows Update or that you download from the manufacturer's website.

    With cleaners and optimizers, if they want to alter registry keys, you need to make a backup of the existing settings and manually verify any alterations it wants to make. In many cases, it may be removing or changing a key that it should not play with. Also, removing some registry entries means other entries are no longer required either and require additional scans after some entries are removed to find the others that are no longer needed (this has to do with how entries are chained for file associations in most cases) since I have not found a registry scanner that tracks all of this in a single pass.

    In any case, I do not recommend the use of either type of tool for most users. If a cleaner can be set up to only dump temp files and other unnecessary clutter, anyone can be safe with that, but if it plays with the registry, it should be left to professionals who can properly eyeball the changes before they are made.

  2. Dalsan M
    December 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Updating drivers is a part of regular maintenance for computers, but should be done with caution. This is because the most common reason Windows to have BSOD errors is due to driver issues. Always back up your drivers and registry before updating any driver, it may save you should the computer BSOD and you need a way to fix it.

    Having updated drivers does not necessarily mean that your computer will run like new, but it could help. Using a Windows optimizer may help more with keeping the computer running like new, if the cleaner is thorough enough to clean junk files and unnecessary files from your drives, and the optimizations are actually proper optimizations for your usage.

    I find Piriform's CCleaner to be sufficient and relatively safe for cleaning junk files and reducing the number of automatic startup programs that should not start when your computer starts. Running Defrag, unless you are using a solid state drive (SSD), about twice a year could help with maintaining the speed of your system.

    Reducing the number of unnecessary programs and background services would help in keeping your computer running like new, as would maintaining sufficient free space on your hard drive (there should be at least 20% free space, or your system may slow down significantly). Also, if you don't use a program, toolbar, add-on, etc. that is installed on your computer, uninstall it.

    These basic steps should help maintain the "like new" feeling for your computer. There are other ways to optimize your computer to run more efficiently, but are not for novice users since major issues can be created if implemented incorrectly.

  3. Oron J
    December 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

    As Aeman says, some driver updates are good, some can cause problems... My own approach is:
    1. Only update drivers at "oportune moments" (e.g. when rebuilding a computer, or if there is a problem with the existing driver.
    2. Download drivers from the hardware manufacturer's site if possible (best performance, well tested).
    3. Use Window's own driver updates if offered and if I haven't installed drivers from the manufactur.
    4. Only use third party solutions/drivers if 2 & 3 not available and there is a clear need for a new driver (happens mostly with very old/obscure hardware).
    5. Most importantly, create a system restore point before installing new drivers.

  4. Hovsep A
    December 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

    you can go to the manufacturer page and check for drivers, download and install, sometime the driver does not come as .exe so you will get some trouble to install. Driver Update is similar to slimdrivers but with more features, the same for Fixcleaner compared to slimcleaner. Since both are shareware you have to decide; If you have slow pc because driver problems and you don't know which driver is causing this problem Driver Update can help fixing the problem. Now if you need both software, well perhaps you need backup/restore feature. I don't know how Fixcleaner works on pc, if malware caused problems on windows deleted files/registry keys, FixCleaner cant fix this problem, but can clean temp files...how it is good compared to tunesup utilities, ccleaner..you have to test, but apparently you are getting it for free. A computer can survive without them but....

  5. Aeman A
    December 28, 2013 at 8:22 am

    sometimes yes, sometimes give a new problem..
    based on my experiences, different driver update softwares detect different drivers in our computers..
    so, its quite hard to know which of them really need to update.