Keep your Windows drivers current with Driver Booster

1420722467_icon_256x256If there’s one thing that I know, its Windows PC’s. The life blood of a Windows PC is its hardware drivers. When they don’t work right, are out dated, or conflict with other drivers, then your whole PC can tank. Its performance can go right down the proverbial tubes.

When you have a notebook computer, you’re likely confined to a specific set of drivers, as much of the equipment is not upgradable or interchangeable. You aren’t going to be able to change out your graphics card or your drive controller on a notebook, for example, while doing this on a desktop computer is fairly common. Its here where apps like Driver Booster really shine.

Driver Booster is an easy-to-use hardware driver updater. It analyzes your installed drivers for outdated ones and then automatically installs the right update with just one click. It has a newly adopted online database insuring that your drivers are always the latest version. Moreover, it`s specially designed to tune drivers for peak gaming performance.

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Drive Booster protects PCs from hardware failures, conflicts, and system crashes. Outdated drivers heavily affect your PC’s performance and lead to system crashes. Driver Booster, designed with IOBit’s most advanced driver update technology, scans and identifies outdated drivers automatically. When it finds an update, it downloads and installs it for you with just one click, saving you time and a lot of headaches.

Drive Booster is specially designed to tweak drivers for better gaming performance. It insures better PC performance by enhancing security with Restore, Uninstall & Rollback features. It protects your PC from hidden security vulnerabilities, hardware failures, conflicts, and system crashes.

IOBit Driver Booster is part of Advanced System Care. The two apps kinda come bundled together; and while some may like that, I’m not a huge fan of program bundles. When I install something I only want what I’ve tried to install and not a bunch of other stuff that happens to come with what ever I’m trying to install. In many cases, the bundled apps are junk. While this is clearly NOT the case with any of IOBit’s products, I still don’t like getting stuff I didn’t expect when it comes to app installs.

Driver Booster in and of itself is a decent app. It does what it does very well; and can in many cases, save your bacon if your having driver issues. As of this writing, the app is also on sale. IOBit has it for 70% off, for a license that gets you a one year subscription for up to three PC’s.

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How to remove ‘Ghost’ Devices from Device Manager

Before permanently removing any hardware (e.g. an old CD-ROM, video card or sound card) from your computer, it’s recommended to remove/uninstall any software or driver which is associated to the device which you’re going to removed. The reason for this is because ghost devices can cause real problems – especially the CD-ROM / DVD ghost drives.

Let me tell you a typical scenario. You just bought a new DVD-burner and you want to replace your good old CD-ROM drive. Most of us would physically remove the old drive and reconnecting the new one in its place. Well, most of the times is that simple but sometimes it can happen that the new drive is not detected, it’s not installed correctly (shows a yellow exclamation mark in Device Manager) or even if everything appears to be normal, your new drive doesn’t work as it should.

To avoid such problems, before permanently removing any hardware, you should always go into Add/Remove Programs and uninstall any software or drivers associated with a device that you’re going to permanently removed. To be sure that the drivers were removed, go into Device Manager and check if the device is still present. If that is the case, right-click it and choose Uninstall.

Ok, in case you already removed a device, normally it won’t be visible in Device Manager – even if all the related drivers are still present in your computer. To view all the ghost drivers or hidden devices installed, just do the following (only for those who know what they are they doing):

Go to C:\Windows\System32, find ‘cmd.exe‘, right click it and choose “Run as Administrator”.

In the the command window which opens, type:

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 (and press Enter)

devmgmt.msc – (and press enter), it will open Device Manager.

In Device Manager window which opens, click View – > Show hidden devices.

That’s it, you should see all Ghost devices.

Note: This procedure makes visible all the devices including legitimate devices such as USB flash drives, printers or cameras that are not connected to the computer at the moment – you should leave those alone.

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