Murphy's Law: Dreaming a Steamy Dream of One-Click Driver Updates



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@Naysayers:  If ANYONE developes a decent universal update utility, others will compete--And just MAYBE, manufacturers will begin to think of their own coordination and ease of use.

I have an MSI board, AMD cpu, ATI graphics, ATI tv card, various Hard/Optical/Floppy drives, various i/o devices. Updating is a dam nightmare even within the AMD/ATI realm--Let alone other machines, like laptops, and other realms like programs.

Yeah, for a universal smart updating tool.


“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may
be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons
than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may
sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those
who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do
so with the approval of their consciences.” –C.S. Lewis




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........but what about windows update??



I really don't understand why this matters.... If you're an avid PC Gamer you should be aware of what driver's you're running and have an idea of when they need to be updated w/o someone else's help. Especially the help of the Steam service.  As an avid PC gamer I'd like to point that the Steam service is a sales driven piece of crap software.



For the same reason race car drivers have mechanics.  Not very many of them know that much about their rides innards, they just want the thing to drive fast.

The easier and cheaper it is the more people may switch from consoles to PC's.

And of course it is, as is any service like that.  But it works pretty much invisibly in the background and it works well.  I didn't think I'd ever be able to just dl my games, I liked having the cd in my hands, but I'm a convert.



Yes, I abhore logitech/HP/creative drivers.  Though they have become better, why the crap do I have to install a different program for each mouse/keyboard/joystick/webcam they make.  One Utility To Rule Them All PLEASE!  Freaking 80 bagillion system processes to use 3 things.  COMMON!   But HP drivers and spam is just disgusting, their "driver" packages are by far the worst, even without all the spam they include.  Just give me functionality, not 13 adds and trial/bloat/crapware. And what is this 'Impulse"; I must go Google now...

Also, I think I need to buy some shoes....

There should be a spam/flag button on posts that are clearly spam or trolls/flaming.



So, for people who aren't big gamers and don't use steam, I guess they're SOL.  Sorry, feel free to partake in that involuntary person protein spill as much as you like, but Windows Update IS the proper place to put these updates.  Why?  Because EVERYONE using Windows has access to it.  Contrary to what you might want to believe, there are more non-gamers (or even casual gamers) than MaxPC gamers.  Are there issues with the WHQL process?  Sure.  That doesn't mean it's not the right place.  Ever tried to get updated drivers for a Dell via their website?  It's ridiculously tedious.

BTW... PLEASE do something about the spam!



Well, Windows update works well for windows, while Steam seems to work well with pretty much everything else. 

Besides Microsoft would probably get it in their heads to actually charge for this little extra while Valve would be doing it to further their own goals and in doing so help out the computing world in general.

So I can see Steam doing for the rest of the computers what Windows Updater does for Windows.



You left out Mac users, my friend, because in the same vein that not everyone is a gamer (I am, BTW), not everyone is a Windows user (I use Windows too, like you do).  Steam is FREE.  Their idea is to take the free downloading engine that is Steam and use their hardware update model for all hardware and software, not just games and not jsut gaming hardware.

I too agree with you about the spam.  DEATH TO COMMENT SPAMMERS!!



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