Find Windows Drivers With Ma-Config

31 Dic/09

Automated solutions to find new Windows drivers are not usually as reliable as they should be. Most of the services that have been tested in the past did display false positives that could have a negative impact on a computer system’s stability. The drivers that can have a negative impact are usually system drivers for motherboard chipsets that are better left alone. False positives on the other hand are usually drivers that are not compatible with the device.

Ma-Config is a French service that is available in English as well (with some leftovers that are not translated).The service can be used with an ActiveX plugin directly in Internet Explorer or as a download for other web browsers.

The service itself is run in a web browser. The system’s configuration will be detected upon the user’s request and a summary of the hardware components that have been discovered will be displayed after the system scan.

A click on the Find button after clicking on the Find The Drivers button at the top will search the database of the service for newer drivers. Everything that is found during that process will be displayed in an overview afterwards.

The devices were identified correctly by the service. Most of the drivers that have been suggested on the other hand did not need to be installed. The service did for instance suggest a beta version of the Ati Radeon Catalyst driver although the final driver was already installed on the system. That could have been a problem with Ati’s versioning however as the beta driver used a newer driver packaging version than the final driver.

It is therefor recommended to check the suggested drivers before installing them. This in turn makes the service less comfortable to use. Some users might prefer to perform a manual search for updated drivers instead (which they have to do anyway when analysing the findings of the program).

Ma-Config might come in handy on the other hand if drivers cannot be find manually. The computer hardware list can be exported into a pdf file that can be downloaded to the computer system.

Ma-Config is not the only service that tries to make the Windows driver updating process more comfortable. Device Doctor, 3DP Chip or Driver Max are just a few of the alternatives. (via Make Use Of)

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