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I've recently built my first computer and found the task of getting the drivers to be extremely tedious, time consuming and sometimes a little tricky.

In some cases there are multiple options to choose from. The offer of the latest driver can also come with the risk of being a Beta version. I've also found that some components (like my GPU) had optional drivers that may apply to applications I might never use.

I recently discovered that there are downloadable applications that can detect and fetch the necessary drivers for you even update them automatically. I understand that this may be seen as a lazy approach but for a first-time builder like myself it seems like a safer bet, given that I don't yet know what drivers to choose from.

So should applications this be used or are they best avoided? I have no doubt that some of these applications may be harmful and open me up to risks from viruses. Am I better off trawling the internet for answers about the best drivers for each component for my computer?

For anyone wondering the application I'm currently considering is 'SlimDrivers'

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Installing drivers is the tedious part, but the nature of the beast. If it is freeware you are speaking of using that comes at a cost too, in the way of hitch-hiking crapware that comes along with it.

I just looked over the reviews on Cnet, they are mixed for Slimware. IMO, I would do it manually, even if it is not the latest version. I only have Win7 and it automatically updates the drivers when I choose "optional updates".

With time on hand though, I search for the latest online, and download everything to a flash drive, in a folder with the computer name I give it, and name each driver that is easy for me to pick and choose which one to install, rather than the name they are called on the website I get them from. Some of the naming conventions are totally non-descriptive.

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