Category: Drivers

HP SoftPaq Download Manager for drivers and BIOS
article #1037, updated 116 days ago

On some HP desktop hardware, this is the only way to get drivers and BIOS:

http://ftp.hp.com/pub/caps-softpaq/cmit/HP_SDM.html

Categories:   Drivers   BIOS

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"Metadata staging failed" in Windows 8+
article #920, updated 529 days ago

If you see these in event logs, you are seeing the result of a mismatch between the running drivers in your machine and something in Microsoft’s cloud-based driver database. Do this:

  1. Control Panel
  2. search for Device Installation
  3. Change device installation settings
  4. No, let me choose what to do
  5. Never install driver software from Windows Update.
  6. uncheck Automatically get the device app and info provided by your device manufacturer

Categories:   Drivers   Windows OS-Level Issues

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Update Drivers in Windows
article #619, updated 620 days ago

A new tool, very good:

http://www.drivethelife.com/

Additionals, not tested yet:

http://drivermax.en.lo4d.com/

http://driver-genius-professional.en.lo4d.com/

http://driver-fusion.en.lo4d.com/

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Free driver update tool
article #836, updated 637 days ago

Here is one:

http://drp.su/

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Find HP Drivers by Device Serial Number
article #832, updated 717 days ago

Here are great places to find drivers and info for HP devices by serial number.

First, workstations and printers:

http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.PAGE/public/psi/swdSelector/?spf_p.tpst=psiProductSelector&spf_p.prp_psiProductSelector=wsrp-navigationalState%3D_op%253Dserial&javax.portlet.begCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken&javax.portlet.endCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken

Second, Enterprise, for servers, storage, and networking:

http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.PAGE/public/psi/swdSelector/?cc=us&javax.portlet.begCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken&javax.portlet.endCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken&javax.portlet.prp_867000c4cf25636cc859bfdeb053ce01=wsrp-navigationalState%3D_op%253Dserial&javax.portlet.tpst=867000c4cf25636cc859bfdeb053ce01&lang=en-us&ac.admitted=1438961375712.125225703.1938120508

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Autodesk's driver update recommends
article #734, updated 1033 days ago

To get Autodesk’s recommended drivers for its products, use this tool:

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syscert?id=18844534&siteID=123112

In case they move the URL, this is the “Find Recommended Hardware” page, which is very different than the “AutoCAD Hardware Advisor”.

Categories:   Tools   Drivers

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nVidia nForce Drivers for Windows 7 and Windows 8
article #625, updated 1292 days ago

Try this:

http://www.win-raid.com/t15f37-NVIDIA-Optimized-nForce-Driverpacks-for-Vista-Win.html

Categories:   RAID   Drivers

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Using the HP Universal Printer Driver
article #478, updated 1764 days ago

New versions of the HP Universal Printer Drivers are actually working well for such difficult situations as an older USB laser printer shared from an XP box to Windows 7 ×64. Here are elements:

  1. The HP web page for your printer, may list only HPU PCL 5 or PCL 6. That’s the version you will need to have.
  2. Copy the appropriate downloadable to both the host PC and the client PC. If the host is 32-bit and the guest is 64-bit, put the 32-bit downloadable on the host and the 64-bit downloadable on the guest. If different, do accordingly :-)
  3. Do NOT run the downloadable. Install 7zip or equivalent, and unpack to a folder.
  4. Make sure simple file sharing is off, and make sure both host and client have identical logins set up if this is not a domain network.
  5. If you are running a non-universal driver on the host, you can keep it if you want; but you do need to install an instance (or a second instance) of the printer using the appropriate HP Universal driver. Use the Windows printer add dialogue, not the HP Universal’s application. Share it to the network.
  6. On the client, again unpack, don’t run the downloadable.
  7. Don’t use the printer add dialogue on the client! Browse to the host, e.g., by putting “\\HOSTNAME” in the Explorer address area. Your printer will be visible. Right-click on it and choose “Connect”. If you chose to keep an original non-HP-Universal driver object, there will be two printer objects, and be sure to pick the right one!
  8. Eventually Windows will ask you for a driver if it needs one. Browse to the location at which you have unpacked the appropriate HP Universal driver, and tell it to go.

Categories:   Printers & Printing   Drivers

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Disable driver signing in 64-bit Windows
article #423, updated 1916 days ago

Try this:

bcdedit -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING ON

To reverse:

bcdedit /deletevalue loadoptions
bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF

Categories:   Drivers   Hardware

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Downloads for Sharp products
article #299, updated 2257 days ago

The download page for Sharp products (MFPs and other things) used to be easy to find. Now it’s not. Here it is:

http://www.sharpusa.com/CustomerSupport/ProductDownloads.aspx

Categories:   Drivers