How can I update my Windows XP drivers for free? Please help – I am desparate.
You should always try to check the manufacturer's support website for driver and software updates. Manufacturers would include computer/device and model, peripherals such as printers, motherboard, etc. Other websites and programs may lead you to the latest driver version, but may not be meant for the hardware you currently have and are using.
Of the software options to locate the latest drivers, if you choose to use one, I would suggest Slim Drivers Free. I have used it with little trouble or errors that would cause the computer to crash or become unstable. This does not mean that it is the safest option nor that it would not cause you or any other user issues. Also, graphics card driver updates may not be of the latest version through Slim Drivers; you may need to go to the graphics card manufacturer fir the latest driver. https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php
does slimdrivers ask for reboot with every driver install to complete, i remember was the case but not using it for a while so perhaps they did some modifications.
The free version does request a reboot after each driver install, which is recommended anyways, but one can click cancel in order to keep the computer on and go on to the next driver install. IOBit Driver Booster does not request to restart the computer after each driver installs, however, I have run into issues with the drivers that were downloaded and installed by this program. A couple of the drivers it installed were the wrong version, requiring me to uninstall them or Windows Update would install a different version back into my computer. I did not have this issue with Slim Drivers.
I would have to agree with notion of "if it isn't broken, don't fix it". More times than not (for basic or novice users), trying different things that are "recommended" by advertisements or even friends may cause anywhere from minor performance issues to major blue screen error problems.
Try these sites:
Jan F is right
if you have nvidia graphic card you can check this nvidia online scanner
Intel Driver Update Utility
you can also backup your drivers in case something happen and you want to reinstall all drivers
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Use the free Driver Booster from IOBit : http://www.iobit.com/driver-booster.php
Which driver do you want/need to update?
Since you are asking for Windows XP I would suspect you are most likely running the latest drivers anyway. Most manufacturers have stopped updating for XP quite some time ago.
The only driver you should update somewhat regularly is the graphics card drivers. For the rest it's usually a question of "is it working or not" and as long as it is there is no real need to update.
There are some tools which can tell you if there is an update available for your systems drivers but I can't single out one good suggestion. Those I have tested will just link to the manufacturers homepage and still require you to manually download and install the driver.
My suggestion would be to use a tool like Speccy to find the make and model of your individual hardware parts and then go to the manufacturers website and look for the driver in the service & support section.
An even better tool made for IT professionals, but it is in early stages, to identify any installed and attached hardware is Tweaking.com's Hardware Identify. http://www.tweaking.com/content/page/tweaking_com_hardware_identify.html
Last I heard, it supposedly lists any drivers that are installed for each hardware. The information listed for each piece of hardware can then be used to search for drivers that should work with your computer and OS version.
THANK ALL OF YOU. This my FIRST time using MUOI. And as such when I put my question in, even after reading the "Rules" I realize NOW that I should have been WAY MORE DETAILED in what I was asking for... So this may help ANYONE who is trying help me with, what seems like TO ME a possibly impossible task. Problem (1) When the computer was FIRST "Hatched" about 7 Years ago, (7) its "Father" was an Old School I.T. Pro who sat in his office 12 Hours a day keeping up with any possible information about computers. I, on the other hand, Did Not. Knowing my "vast" knowledge of computers, His instructions to me were very simple... DON'T TOUCH IT. My response was this question. " What if the power plug falls out of the Surge Protector?" His 3-word answer was quite simple... DON'T TOUCH IT! And that's the relationship we had for almost 7 Years. This gentleman passed away last year and I have, also recently, left my company position and retired. I happen to notice one day that my computer MUST have followed home one day, because it is now in my home. I do hope I have provided enough follow-up information. Problem (2) Feeling that the computer was lonely, I purchased a new monitor for it, and after it was installed... It is my belief that the ENTIRE SCAM WORLD of "Upgraders" is now attacking the computer... And me ANY time I try to logon to ANY search engine... Chrome, Mozilla, I.E. EVERYONE is trying to sell me their FREE offers to sell me their system of Fixes and Drivers. All I know, right NOW is that I believe there are 13 or 14 Drivers which need upgrading. Simply put, I am a Semi-Retired Psychologist and if the instructions are fairly simple, (Pictures would help) I can probably get in pretty good operating condition if, oh... Did I say simple enough. And yes, my NEXT BOOK will probably come out soon... If you're not afraid by this point, to try to steer me in the right direction. If not, then thank you very much for giving this a shot. As such my friend in my office and I are waiting to hear from you, or any other brave soul.
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Thanks for adding that note. That does help to explain why you were asking. I believe the advice given by your old IT friend was sound. Essentially, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! Jan's point about the graphics card is valid, but even so, I'd say leave it. If the computer is working, there's no need to "fix" it. Over the coming years, you will get many more "offers" to update your drivers, repair your registry, speed up your internet connection etc. All in all, you should ignore them.
If there is a problem with your computer (or internet connection), take it to an expert - a paid professional or otherwise. He or she will have an interest in getting the problem sorted, whereas the web-based adverts have a vested interest only in making money off you, not in actually improving your computing experience.
Don't blame Chrome and Firefox for the stuffs like upgrading or registry fixing,drivers you see.They are called advertisements on internet which websites display in order to get so much revenue.You can block them using adblock extension.
Both, Oron and Susendeep put it perfectly.
Unfortunately everyone on the internet is trying to sell you some "Free" offer these days. And even personal blogs with 5 readers a month or so are sometimes filled with advertisement.
Also, a lot of unnecessary applications make the way on your computer being bundled with other software you actually want. One example would be countless of toolbars that take up half of your browsers screen.
If you want to do "something" what I can suggests running "Should I Remove It".
This may be of help getting rid of some annoyance.