Category: Drivers

For Difficult Hardware Drivers (PCI vendor and device ID lookup)
article #181, updated 127 days ago

When you can, it’s best to go to the hardware manufacturer’s web site and download the latest for whatever you have. But sometimes you’re dealing with products whose manufacturers are unhelpful. A very good resource is here:

https://pcilookup.com/

In the properties of a device in Windows, you can pull a VEN (Vendor) and DEV (Device) number, put it into the above, and hopefully find what you’re looking for.

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Update Windows Drivers with Snail Driver
article #1198, updated 311 days ago

Small but mighty. Do try multiple rescans.

https://snailsuite.com/snail-driver-2-lite-download

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Easily Remove All Video Drivers with DDU Uninstaller
article #1181, updated 352 days ago

This works very well:

https://www.wagnardsoft.com/

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HP SoftPaq Download Manager for drivers and BIOS
article #1037, updated 757 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

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"Metadata staging failed" in Windows 8+
article #920, updated 1170 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

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Update Drivers in Windows
article #619, updated 1261 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 1278 days ago

Here is one:

http://drp.su/

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Find HP Drivers by Device Serial Number
article #832, updated 1358 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 1674 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”.

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nVidia nForce Drivers for Windows 7 and Windows 8
article #625, updated 1933 days ago

Try this:

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

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