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I always have been curious about these programs and suspicious as well. Today I decided to look into it again. I downloaded a program (DriverScanner) and ran it. It came up with 24 outdated drivers. The program has a feature that tells you how old the current drivers are by displaying a spectrum going from old to ancient. It says most of mine are ancient. My PC is running smooth since I built it over a year ago and I am not experiencing any problems, I am just curious.

In the past, maybe 5 years ago I tried using these types of software. I tried a bunch of them and I remember one would tell me I had 20 outdated, another would say 30 and another would say 17. Very inconsistent. And also they all charged me before I could use them. They only let me see how outdated my PC was and then told me I had to pay to fix it. So I said screw that, and tried to manually find these driver updates on my own. I remember it was pretty difficult and I couldn't find them all on the web. So my question is are these things legit? Because it kind of seems to me that they sort of scare you into purchasing their product. And if they are legit do truly work? Like is there a noticeable difference in the before and after? Because it seems to me that Windows would of came up with something like this that was integrated in the OS so you wouldn't run into any problems down the road with your PC if this is a big deal.
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It all depends on how up to date the driver program keeps itself. At the end of the day, nothing beats downloading the newest version of each driver directly from the developers site on your own.

I'm not sure why Microsoft would create software to keep all your drivers up to date. There are so many different and unrelated manufacturers, why would Microsoft be responsible for other manufacturers component drivers?

Having said that, Windows update tries and fails to update certain drivers.
Edited by TheLawIX - 6/1/13 at 8:02pm
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Yea that makes sense. I didn't take into account the GPU and other hardware drivers. What I saw mostly was that I had alot of USB drivers out of date.
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That's still manufactured by third parties, you'll see a lot of specific manufacturer drivers for usb 2.0+
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