Searching Online for Driver Update...Where Online?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by John, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. John

    John Guest

    When I click Update driver and let Vista search online, where does Vista
    look?

    Does MS have a direct link to the hardware mfg's site to look for drivers?

    Or does MS have an collection they get as manufacturers make them available
    to MS?
     
    John, Jul 27, 2007
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  2. John

    Found this in the help for Device Manager.

    "By default, Windows searches the Windows Update driver repository on the
    Internet if the driver cannot be automatically discovered locally."

    This sounds like it simply searches the Windows Update database. I don't
    know the details, but there is a relationship between Microsoft an most
    hardware manufacturers that allow the manufacturers to submit newer drivers
    that Microsoft distributes via Windows Update. I'm not sure of the timeline
    that this follows, since you can often find newer drivers on the
    manufacturers website that have not been made available on windows update
    yet.

    --

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User


    "John" <> wrote in message
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    > When I click Update driver and let Vista search online, where does Vista
    > look?
    >
    > Does MS have a direct link to the hardware mfg's site to look for drivers?
    >
    > Or does MS have an collection they get as manufacturers make them
    > available to MS?
    >
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jul 28, 2007
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  3. John

    Jane C Guest

    Hello John,

    Driver search goes to the Microsoft Update site/server. Drivers get
    provided to Microsoft by the manufacturers. Often, they are out of date by
    the time they get there though. It's always best to go direct to the
    manufacturers support site for drivers.

    --
    Jane, not plain ;) 64 bit enabled :)
    Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
    MVP Windows Shell/User

    "John" <> wrote in message
    news:uj%...
    > When I click Update driver and let Vista search online, where does Vista
    > look?
    >
    > Does MS have a direct link to the hardware mfg's site to look for drivers?
    >
    > Or does MS have an collection they get as manufacturers make them
    > available to MS?
    >
     
    Jane C, Jul 28, 2007
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