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Windows 8 Drivers Need an Upgrade right from the Start

Windows 8

Unless you have been away on holiday or stayed in a cave somewhere you are bound to have heard about the release of the much anticipated Windows 8 operating system. Yes, the new Microsoft operating system which they have named the most important Windows operating system upgrade ever. Supposedly it should be the best since sliced bread but let’s try it for some time before we hand out that generous verdict!

Anyway, we are off very busy here upgrading our offerings and making them avaiable for Windows 8. The new operating system and especially the metro interface represents some challenges to the software industry and of cource also for us. 

One thing struck us during testing Windows 8 on several of our computers. After the upgrade from Windows XP or Windows 7 we noticed that Windows 8 drivers used on the newly upgraded PC were somewhat old and not the ones we had before.  This is completely unscientific but on 5 of our test PC’s being upgraded to Windows 8 the number of outdated Windows 8 drivers were 15!

So if you choose the very nice priced offers for upgrading to Windows 8 then be prepared that it may come with a bunch of Windows 8 drivers that very well can be rather old!

Based on Google trends statistics interest for Windows 8 drivers definately seems to be taking off already. Here you can see how many people search for Windows drivers for each operating system and it seems that only a week after the official release of Windows 8 the number of searches for Windows 8 drivers have already beaten searches for Windows Vista drivers:

 

 

Why actually upgrade Windows 8 drivers?

Using old drivers are rarely a good idea. PC and device manufacturers release new drivers frequently and for a new operating system like Windows 8 there are bound to come a lot of Windows 8 drivers. Not sure we have to mention this but new drivers offers new features, better performance and sometimes correct errors in existing drivers.

So how to upgrade these Windows 8 drivers?

Here comes the section with shameless self-promotion. There are actually two cources of action for updating drivers. You can manually check all your device drivers and look for new Windows 8 drivers or you can have a go at our DRIVERfighter. DRIVERfighter seeks out all outdated drivers and checks for new Windows 8 drivers.

DRIVERfighter at work

Here is a great example of the power of DRIVERfighter on a brand new computer

How do you feel about Windows 8? Happy or disappointed? Any driver issues? Let’s hear your voice in the comments!

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16 Comments

  1. Christina says:

    Upgrading as we speak and hopefully will see a quick improvement. Always great with free scans.
    Wonder what happened in October/November 2009 since that spike.

  2. Hi Christina

    Good to hear we appreciate it and hope you are happy with the result.
    Windows 7 was released in late July and following you could see how the interest naturally grew.

  3. Troy says:

    Win 8 works nicely on a tablet but hate it on a PC. No driver issues so far . Will try your software though

  4. Andy says:

    I am wondering, are all 7s obsolete? I am not sure if I am ready to upgrade but I may not have a choice. Will check your software out.

  5. Heinrich Zettler says:

    Since you wrote this searches for Windows 8 drivers seems to also have beaten Windows XP. It may decline to lower levels though if interest for Windows 8 do not take off.

  6. Kara says:

    I have to say I like Windows 8 much better. It is cleaner and neater. Windows 7 was more disorganized in my opinion.

  7. Greg H says:

    I was never impressed with Windows 7, hopefully 8 will be better. I am planning to get a new computer for the holidays.

  8. Sara W says:

    I am very impressed with the Windows 8, I also agree the 7 was no good.

  9. Amber says:

    I am gonna get a new laptop soon and looking forward to trying the 8 out. Was not that happy with the 7 either.

  10. Charles E says:

    I need to let you know that I absolutely love the 8, so much better and easier to use than the 7. Great post.

  11. Chrissy says:

    I really had no idea there was a huge difference between the 7 and 8. Wonder what the 9 is gonna be like!

  12. Angel says:

    I am looking forward to getting my Windows 8, and will be hoping to get one on Friday actually (if I am not trampled on lol). I also have had enough of the 7.

  13. Remi says:

    I am getting my new laptop tomorrow and excited to try the new 8 out. Yes, I am doing this on Black Friday.

  14. Alex says:

    My 7 is going to conk out soon. I got tired of it anyway and looking forward to getting the 8 but I think I will wait until after Xmas to get it.

  15. Ken Collier says:

    Upgraded to Windows 8 plus Office 2013.

    My old Cirque Smooth Cat keyboard with touchpad started off working, then would not work, but would work again if I unplugged the USB plug and re-tried it. Cirque website recommends Windows 8 drivers, but I thought they came with the purchase automatically. Anyone know what’s happening? Should I download drivers again? Or more?

  16. Kim Falkner says:

    Yes, try upgrading drivers. Drivers that come with hardware is very often already outdated. DRIVERfighter can tell whether a new driver is avaiable.

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