Wednesday, December 9, 2009

DriverAgent® Success Stories

In our October 2009 Issue of the eSupport.com Newsletter, we announced a contest, asking subscribers to submit success stories regarding their use of DriverAgent® - software that scans your PC and updates device drivers to keep your computer running at peak performance.

Here is the winning story:

Family Saves Money By Using DriverAgent to Revive Notebook for Son

After reading the Oct, Issue 14 newsletter I thought I would share with you my experience with DriverAgent.

My son Callum is about to turn 7 years, and has been having ICT lessons at primary school now for a year, as well working on the home PC. So me and my wife were considering what would be a good next step to help with his learning, education, and enjoyment in the use of computers.

We were looking at spending around £250+ (US$410+) for a small notebook, but while clearing out the spare room I came across an old notebook that had been resigned there because it had been quickly outdated and very frequent BSOD [Blue Screen of Death]. So before we decided to part company with the old one, once and for all, I thought about trying DriverAgent™ on it.

Very quickly it identified the vast array of outdated drivers, and after taking some care and a little time updating the notebook, with the brilliant assistance of DriverAgent, we now have a very stable entry level notebook for my son.

Saving us the cost of a new notebook, along with being able to keep the home PC regularly up-to-date and in good working order is well worth subscribing to this fantastic service.

Thanks,

Stephen, Janine and Callum Lauder


This story received honorable mention:

DriverAgent "Very Important Weapon" for PC Retailer/Repair Shop

We have a PC retail store with workshops for computer repairs and DriverAgent is a very important weapon in our armoury. Hard drive replacement is an extremely common repair and the reinstallation of drivers can be a stumbling block, we regulary find that customers have not retained original drivers discs or some manufacturers have not supplied them.

When all other normal avenues fail we rely on DriverAgent to find the right drivers and it rarely lets us down, saving us time and frustration. Brilliant.

Phil
Ezee PC's



Thank you to all of our eSupport.com customers, especially those who submitted DriverAgent success stories.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

After Upgrading to Windows 7...

After Upgrading to the Windows 7 operating system, you will want the latest Windows 7-compatible drivers on your PC to get the most out of your system and to avoid problems. However, making certain you have them is a challenge. To be sure, you could contact the vendors for every accessory on your PC (or search the Internet), determine if the driver you have needs to be updated, and then download and install the new version. That would be a very time consuming task.

Fortunately, there is a much easier way. DriverAgent has automated this task.The program scans your computer to discover what drivers you need, and then checks an online database to determine if any updates are available.If there are, you can instruct DriverAgent™ (www.driveragent.com) to automatically download and install the updates.

By using DriverAgent after you have installed Windows 7, you can be assured that you are starting out with your PC at its best. Then, from time to time, run a DriverAgent scan to make sure all your device drivers stay up-to-date. This will help keep Windows 7 and your PC in top performing shape.

If you're interesting in making Windows 7 look more like XP, check out this tip at www.windowsupgrade.net.

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Jolly Good Gift Idea for the Frugal, No-Frills Holiday Shopper

The Holidays are fast approaching and if your wallet does not recover from buying binges like it used to, you are not alone. Many are planning to shop more conservatively this year. There's nothing wrong with having a "no-frills" holiday - one where you spend less and spend what you do more wisely.

This desire to be more frugal may be difficult if you draw the conclusion that a new family computer might be necessary because the old one is slow and unreliable and you're tired of its temperamental behavior. It may be really tempting to whip out your credit card and head on down to the store. Hold on, before you do invest in a new PC, take a deep breath and consider this: the problems with your PC may be fixable. You may be able to get it running like new with RegistryWizard™ (www.registrywizard.com).

Every time a new application is installed or a setting is changed within Windows, an entry documenting the change is added to a database repository called the Windows Registry. Over time the registry fills up with these entries and becomes cluttered and fragmented. This can cause your PC to slow down or crash or to have an assortment of other problems.

RegistryWizard is an all-in-one tool for correcting 24 different types of errors in your PC's registry. If you have RegistryWizard, be sure to run the scan as frequently as once every couple of months. If you don't have RegistryWizard, consider getting it. You might even consider giving it to someone as a holiday gift. It's a lot less expensive than buying a new computer, but might make you feel like you just bought a new one

Friday, October 23, 2009

Is Your PC Windows 7 Ready?

The newest version of Windows has arrived with enhanced features and streamlined performance. As with previous steps in the evolution of Windows, however, Windows 7 makes more demands on the PC than previous versions. If you looking to upgrade from an earlier Windows version, especially XP, you may find that your computer cannot handle Windows 7.

The websites, newsletters, and even the outside of the software’s box tell you what your PC needs to be like in order to run Windows 7, giving both minimum and recommended configurations. That’s fine if you speak computerese, and if you also know exactly what your PC’s configuration actually is. If you are into doing things the easy way, however, there is a quick and simple test to find out if your PC is Windows 7-ready.

Phoenix Technologies is offering an online Windows 7 compatibility test for your PC that will check out your system for you. It can determine your PC’s memory, storage, processing, and other capabilities and then compare them to what Windows 7 needs. It can also recommend improvements to your PC, such as adding memory, which can enhance its performance with the new software.

The test is easy to take with no studying required. Just go to http://www.windowsupgrade.net/ and click on the test button. A simple program will load onto your computer and run through the test sequence. You don’t need to find your old manual or dig into the Windows System Manager to find out if your PC has what it takes. The test program will tell you if all is well and if not, what to do about it.

Taking the Phoenix Windows 7 compatibility test is well worth the effort. It avoids the time, expense, and frustration of finding out during installation that your PC can’t handle Windows 7. And if your PC passes, you can move your system over to Windows 7 with confidence in a successful upgrade.

How to Get an Optimized Match between Windows 7 and Your PC's Core Systems Software

Embracing Windows 7 will bring new levels of functionality as well as ease-of-use features to your current computer. But is your PC really ready to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest operating system?

At the heart of every PC is core systems software (also known as BIOS - the basic input-output system), which is the base that all other software - including Windows® - must build upon. Your PC’s core system software might have some compatibility issues with Windows 7 that could hinder achieving top performance or even cause loss of function.

The BIOS is the first in a series of programs that the PC must execute - a process called "booting" - in order to become ready for use. Booting is not the BIOS’ only role, however. In order to get things started, the BIOS must have a detailed understanding of the PC’s specific hardware and configuration, and be able to interact directly with that hardware.

Windows, on the other hand, needs to be able to run on any suitable computer regardless of such details, so it does not work directly with the hardware. The BIOS serves as Windows’ local guide, interpreter, and foreman for interacting with PC hardware, so the two must work together efficiently.

The older BIOS on your current PC, however, may not fully mesh with Win7. Some users, for instance, have reported that the brightness function keys for their laptop displays stopped working after Windows 7 was installed – the result of a BIOS-Win7 mismatch. A properly matched BIOS, on the other hand, will allow Windows 7 to efficiently interact with the PC’s hardware, boosting performance across nearly all applications.

Since the BIOS is slightly different on every computer, there is no way for the Windows 7 installation software to know if your BIOS also needs an update. You’ll have to check that yourself, a potentially laborious process that requires finding out who made your PC’s BIOS and checking with their technical support to identify and install the upgrade.

Phoenix Technologies®, the world leader in BIOS technology since 1985, offers a tool that vastly simplifies the process for almost any PC: BIOSAgentPlus™. This low cost and simple-to-use tool will scan your PC’s BIOS to determine if upgrading is needed, then automatically locate and install the new programming that ensures your PC is up-to-date and ready for Windows 7.

It’s a quick and easy first step that all should take before attempting to install the new operating system. The result will be an optimized match between Windows 7 and your PC’s foundation, giving you a solid boost to reaching top performance with your Windows 7 upgrade.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Getting Ready to Upgrade?

With the release of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system this week, you may now be planning to upgrade your computer. However, before you do, you probably should see if your PC is all ready for the new OS. One good way to find out if your computer is prepared for upgrading is to run a scan using DriverAgent's Driver Migration Wizard:

The Driver Migration Wizard is the ideal tool for anyone preparing to upgrade (or downgrade) their operating system. You can simply select the operating system you want to move up or back down to and then click on the "Scan" button.

Then DriverAgent will scan your current hardware and create a single archive file containing the drivers you will need on your next operating system. It really couldn't be easier.

Here is what the results might look like:

The chart will reveal to you what device drivers need to be updated in order for all your "peripherals" to work properly with the new Windows 7 operating system. In addition to a long list of items indicating which drivers are good and which need to be updated, there is a pie chart to show how much updating in general needs to be done.

If a good percentage of your drivers are out-of-date on devices that you use frequently, you may seriously want to consider getting selecting the "Download Now" at the bottom of the results page.

This selection will lead you to a web page where you can purchase DriverAgent software and download all the updates of drivers that you need to complete the preparation for Windows 7.

Friday, October 16, 2009

After Upgrading to Windows 7, Use DriverAgent™ to Keep Your PC in Top Shape

If you have decided to upgrade your computer to the new Windows® Version 7, now is a good time to whip your PC into top shape and keep it there. Every attachment and built-in accessory on your PC, such as the disc drive and WiFi link, needs a special piece of software called a driver. Windows uses these drivers to know exactly how to talk to and control your system hardware for maximum performance.

Unfortunately, the Windows 7 installation disc may not include the best available drivers (or indeed any drivers) for your specific system. The manufacturers of the accessories and attachments have to create the drivers, and they may not have sent their newest versions to Microsoft in time for distribution with Windows 7.

Also worth noting is that some manufacturers prefer to distribute drivers on CDs or on their support website and may not work through Microsoft at all. Indeed Microsoft’s Windows Update site has only a subset of the drivers most manufacturers recommend. In those cases, Windows 7 won’t install any drivers for that piece of hardware.

You will want the latest Windows 7-compatible drivers on your PC to get the most out of your system and to avoid problems. However, making certain you have them is a challenge. To be sure, you could to contact the vendors for every accessory in your PC (or search the Internet), determine if the driver you have needs to be updated, and then download and install the new version. That would be a very time consuming task.

Fortunately, there is a much easier way. Phoenix Technologies has created DriverAgent™ to automate this task for you. The program scans your computer to discover what drivers you need, and then checks an online database to determine if any updates are available. If there are, you can instruct DriverAgent to automatically download and install the updates.

By using DriverAgent after you have installed Windows 7, you can be assured that you are starting out with your PC at its best. Then, from time to time, run a DriverAgent scan to make sure all your device drivers stay up-to-date. This will help keep Windows 7 and your PC in top performing shape.