After installing windows - best way to get drivers

By nork
Dec 15, 2009
  1. Before i do a windows install i use everest and find the info i need to get drivers.
    After i do a windows install i go to dev mgr to see what drivers i am missing and go hunt them down, often at the mobo mfgr website of course. And often i have to get the drivers for pci and pci-e cards that arent built into the mobo.
    But i am wondering if there is an easier way to do this. I see people offering to do a windows install and get all the drivers for $30 and i wonder how they can do all that for only $30. There must be a quicker way?
    Is it by using one of those driver programs?
    Thanks in advance as i know there will be some good replies!

  2. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    I use a CD with a collection of 75000 XP and Vista drivers.
  3. nork

    nork TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 306

    Darn, i forgot about that. I have one that has, i think, 50,000 drivers on it. So i guess i had better start looking for the 75,000 one, lol. Any idea where to get it?

  4. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Forgot it. It's about 6 months ago. Try a torrent search.
  5. dhanushka83

    dhanushka83 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Drivers Are on the Manufactures site, The best way is that
  6. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Yes it is. But what if you are installing Windows on a PC with no internet connectivity (common here in our country) you must have a Driver CD collection.
  7. nork

    nork TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 306

    In my first post i stated that the best way is to go to the mobo mfgr website to get the necessary drivers.
    But that doesnt help with drivers for pci, agp, and pci-e cards. The only way that i know of and what has worked for me in the past is to find the chipset on the card and google it.

    Not only that but i have had some friends come to me wanting xp pro put on their vista machine. HP has no xp pro drivers for their vista machines. I have had to go hunting for drivers for these. The HP forums have been helpful and so has google.
    I have had pretty good success finding drivers but it takes a lot of time. Thats the reason for my thread. I am looking at reducing the amount of time spent looking for drivers.
    The 70,000 driver cd is a good help. I have dloaded that, thanks to WinXPert.
    I also use, they are very helpful but they only give me something like 3 drivers per week for the free version, after that they want me to buy a subscription.

    Does that about wrap it up or are there any other ways to get drivers or find out which drivers are needed?

    What about these driver programs i see around? Are they any good? Might they be of some use on new installs?

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