Should I try your Windows Driver Verifier method?

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I've got a 2007 HP Presario F500 laptop I plan to give to a friend in need. I used it 3 months and never again. It's quick and quiet but won't update or download anything. I removed my 20 files, tried System Restore point, updated every single driver listed in Device Manager, and have now followed all your above recommended steps, thank you. I noticed 18 critical drivers in System 32 folder from reading through Sys Config- Tools tab- Sys Performance- Software...12 were running being that I'd booted up in Safe Mode with Repair option from Boot tab this last restart.

Should I try your Windows Driver Verifier method you explained here? How to Configure Driver Verifier

I'm totally curious, have free time, and I am to the point I'm just going to buy her a cheap laptop even though I'm too frugal to spring for the DriverFix tool. I'm a Bleeping Computer fan. but too intimidated to post. IOW, I can follow directions, but I'm not a techie.

Thanks, Lula
 
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Hello Lula1023,

Please download Speccy: and fill in the system spec for that 2007 HP Presario F500.

If that Laptop is running Windows Vista it would need to be upgraded to a newer version of Windows.
You can use this link to download the Media Creation Tool: Select the blue button: Download Tool Now

Unfortunately there is no free upgrade path from Windows Vista to Windows 10. You can install Windows 10 but it will not be fully activated (but you can still use it) without purchasing a Windows 10 license.

You could install a free Linux OS but that maybe more than you want to do, plus the person getting the laptop would need to learn Linux.

Loki :cool:

 

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Driver Verifier only used if we cannot found which device driver causing blue screen of death (BSoD) error. Blue Screen of Death (also known as a blue screen or BSoD) is an error screen displayed on a Windows computer system after a fatal system error, also known as a system crash: when the operating system reaches a condition where it can no longer operate safely.






Your installed Windows Vista looks like having problem installing Windows updates.

Download Windows updates manually.


  • Go to the official Microsoft update catalog;
  • Enter a specific update code, for example, KB4481031
  • Select the correct version and click Download
  • Click on the link and Windows will update your computer



Resetting the Windows Update components can usually solve these types of issues.

 

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Putting a modern OS on that machine is going to be a bit tough, with regards to drivers - however, Windows 10 *should* be able to (mostly) work on that machine (provided that the Sempron CPU in there is usable for Windows 10).

Your 2 options are as listed above:

1) Get a Windows 7 key to use in the installation of Windows 10 on the machine and pray that either everything works after install, or that you can find relevant drivers for the hardware that does not work *somewhere* to make it as fully functional as possible, or

2) Install an alternative OS (a distro (particular distribution) of Linux is a good choice - but only if the friend of yours that is in need knows their way around Linux and will be able to do whatever they need to.

So, you need to know a few things:

1) What the friend in need will be using the machine for - for example, if it is for taking class notes and such, and the class mandates that Micro$oft Office be installed, or if it is a development class using Visual Studio, Linux may not be a good choice, especially if the friend is not very knowledgeable about computers and would not make a transition to using Linux easily.

2) The availability of drivers for the hardware specific to the machine - Loki's suggestion to use Speccy to get the actual hardware will be vital for this.

As for installing Windows 10 - there is one free way - with a valid WIndows 7 / 8.1 key to use when installing Windows 10. I do this with virtual machines all the time, with my myriad of keys from my old TechNet license. But on older hardware Windows 10 does tend to run a bit more slowly. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN DOWNLOAD FROM THE INTERNET, AND DO NOT THINK TO TRY TO BUY A CHEAP KEY FROM THE MYRIAD OF SITES OFFERING TO SELL YOU KEYS ONLINE - THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE FAKE AND YOU RUN THE RISK OF THE KEY BEING INVALIDATED AND YOUR FRIEND ALL OF A SUDDEN BEING UNABLE TO USE THE COMPUTER.

Upgrading the hardware can sometimes help (especially replacing a mechanical hard drive with an SSD, and maximizing the RAM on the machine) - but that involves expenditures that you may not be wiling to make.
 

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Putting a modern OS on that machine is going to be a bit tough, with regards to drivers - however, Windows 10 *should* be able to (mostly) work on that machine (provided that the Sempron CPU in there is usable for Windows 10).

Your 2 options are as listed above:

1) Get a Windows 7 key to use in the installation of Windows 10 on the machine and pray that either everything works after install, or that you can find relevant drivers for the hardware that does not work *somewhere* to make it as fully functional as possible, or

2) Install an alternative OS (a distro (particular distribution) of Linux is a good choice - but only if the friend of yours that is in need knows their way around Linux and will be able to do whatever they need to.

So, you need to know a few things:

1) What the friend in need will be using the machine for - for example, if it is for taking class notes and such, and the class mandates that Micro$oft Office be installed, or if it is a development class using Visual Studio, Linux may not be a good choice, especially if the friend is not very knowledgeable about computers and would not make a transition to using Linux easily.

2) The availability of drivers for the hardware specific to the machine - Loki's suggestion to use Speccy to get the actual hardware will be vital for this.

As for installing Windows 10 - there is one free way - with a valid WIndows 7 / 8.1 key to use when installing Windows 10. I do this with virtual machines all the time, with my myriad of keys from my old TechNet license. But on older hardware Windows 10 does tend to run a bit more slowly. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN DOWNLOAD FROM THE INTERNET, AND DO NOT THINK TO TRY TO BUY A CHEAP KEY FROM THE MYRIAD OF SITES OFFERING TO SELL YOU KEYS ONLINE - THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE FAKE AND YOU RUN THE RISK OF THE KEY BEING INVALIDATED AND YOUR FRIEND ALL OF A SUDDEN BEING UNABLE TO USE THE COMPUTER.

Upgrading the hardware can sometimes help (especially replacing a mechanical hard drive with an SSD, and maximizing the RAM on the machine) - but that involves expenditures that you may not be wiling to make.
WOW. Thank you for this summary and then some... I will contemplate all of this. Amanda is dealing with her HOA this week as they are demanding she get rid of Hamlet, her pet pig.



I do know I'm not up for learning a new OS until I relocate. I know this because I've tried but returned the EaseUS flash drive with Linux preinstalled, as well, I decided to go Mac a couple years ago when MS pissed me off, but last month I gave the refurbished Mac to my nephew because I never did figure out how to transfer all my docx files, plus he got so exited when I asked if he could use it.

Are you familiar with the Complete Repair Tool? Link below. Says there's a portable version so I copied the zip file to a USB, since my Vista will download but it won't budge when I click to set it up. Since the list of fixes includes Win updates, I figured I'd try to unzip it to a flash drive folder, I'm guessing, and try to run it for that one purpose to start with, despite all the negative comments. Tweaking dot com also has a Technicians Toolbox and Simple Tweak Tool If you wouldn't mind, please see here...

Or perhaps program like these could help if they would run from USB:


As for Speccy, remember I can download but get no response when i click to install. Though I've never tried perhaps I can run it too from a USB?

That's what I've considered since I was here last. Gotta go to a birthday party. Will review your info soon. Next Monday is my personal deadline so I have 10 days at this point. Thanks again. You are appreciated. Lisa
 

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Driver Verifier only used if we cannot found which device driver causing blue screen of death (BSoD) error. Blue Screen of Death (also known as a blue screen or BSoD) is an error screen displayed on a Windows computer system after a fatal system error, also known as a system crash: when the operating system reaches a condition where it can no longer operate safely.






Your installed Windows Vista looks like having problem installing Windows updates.

Download Windows updates manually.


  • Go to the official Microsoft update catalog;
  • Enter a specific update code, for example, KB4481031
  • Select the correct version and click Download
  • Click on the link and Windows will update your computer



Resetting the Windows Update components can usually solve these types of issues.

okay, I misnderstood apparently, the purpose for which your Verifier totorial was written. Thanks for the advice, I will try this first. Lisa
 

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The new OS (Windows 10) would not be for you, it would be for the computer that you're going to let a friend use / have.

Also - 2 of those 3 program that you linked to have both an installer and a portable version. Which one did you get, the one that said portable (on the right) or the other one (on the left)?
 

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