Paul Watson, PC Technician Saturday, March 15th 2014
Push-button reset causes Windows driver update failure
Windows 8.1 users may encounter the fault after performing a push-button reset on a Windows 8.1 based device. The company reports that following such a reset, the device will no longer permit routine driver and firmware updates. The bug is known to affect all x86 and x64 versions of Windows 8.1, including, Windows 8.1 Enterprise,
Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Preview, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. If you are not running Windows 8.1, this bug does not affect your system. You may visit the Microsoft Support site to download the patch for this bug.
The patches for this problem were originally released in December 2013. According to Microsoft, the bug is the result of a driver or firmware dependency that was added to Windows 8.1. The patch does not replace any update files that Microsoft previously distributed.
While many driver updates are distributed through Microsoft, you can achieve more effective driver management with a driver software management program like Driver Detective. Driver Detective provides a range of services that go well beyond applying simple updates to certain drivers.
Driver Detective manages all Windows drivers required by the specific hardware installed on your PC. You can always be certain that you have the correct version of every required driver, as well as a fresh copy of each driver file, in the event that a driver becomes corrupted, lost or deleted. In addition, Driver Detective monitors and manages the update process, to ensure that you always have the latest version of the Windows drivers your hardware requires.
Driver Detective is available for all supported versions of the Windows operating system. No matter what version of the OS or what hardware you have installed, Driver Detective can help manage your PC and keep your system up-to-date.
Millions of users around the globe have downloaded and installed Driver Detective, and trust it to manage all of their Windows driver files. Don’t waste time manually downloading, updating, restoring and backing up your PC’s driver files. Leave that to Driver Detective instead!
Photo Credit: 13dede, via StockXchng