Tag: drivers

14
Oct
2020
Posted in software

Windows 10 will start blocking drivers if it can’t verify software publisher

With yesterday’s Patch Tuesday security update, Microsoft has flagged a change in the way Windows verifies driver software that could spur a rise in driver errors for Windows 10 users. 

Microsoft details the two driver-related error messages users of all supported versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server might see after installing the October Patch Tuesday security update. 

The errors will happen if Windows can’t verify the publisher of the driver software or if the driver lacks a signature. 

SEE: Windows 10 Start menu hacks (TechRepublic Premium)

“When installing a third-party driver, you might receive the error, “Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software”. You might also see the error, “No signature was present in the subject” when attempting to view the signature properties using Windows Explorer,” Microsoft explains under known issues with this update for Windows 10 version 2004. 

According to Microsoft, the error occurs when an improperly formatted catalog file is identified during validation by Windows when checking DER format encoded Public-Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS) #7 content. 

“Starting with this release, Windows will require the validity of DER encoded PKCS#7 content in catalog files. Catalogs files must be signed per section 11.6 of describing DER-encoding for SET OF members in X.690,” Microsoft notes. 

Microsoft lists the issue under known issues and resolved issues on the Windows 10 update health dashboard for each affected version of Windows 10. 

If Windows 10 users do see these driver error messages, Microsoft recommends users to contact the driver vendor or device manufacturer (OEM) and ask them for an updated driver to correct the issue.   

Microsoft has been working to shore up Windows 10 security against malicious drivers but these efforts have focused on its Secured-core PCs for business, such as the Surface Pro X.

SEE: Cheat sheet: Windows 10 PowerToys

12
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

How to download Nvidia drivers to keep your computer’s graphics running smoothly and vibrantly

  • You can download Nvidia drivers right from the Nvidia website, or using an app called Nvidia GeForce Experience.
  • If you have an Nvidia GeForce card, you can install the GeForce Experience app to automatically install the right Nvidia drivers.
  • If you have a different kind of Nvidia card or don’t want to use the Experience app, you can manually download drivers from the Nvidia website.
  • Before you download new Nvidia drivers, use the Windows Device Manager to find out what graphics card you have installed.

For years, Nvidia has been a leader in the field of computer graphics. Many of the most powerful computers on the market use Nvidia graphics cards.

And like any part of your computer, the software on your Nvidia cards — also known as their “drivers” — occasionally need to be upgraded. Keeping your graphics card updated is vital, as outdated drivers can cause all sorts of glitches and bugs.

Luckily, you don’t need to pull the card out of your computer to update its drivers. You can just download new drivers, much like you would update a regular app.

There are two ways to download Nvidia drivers and keep your system up to date, but before you get started, you need to know what kind of Nvidia card is installed on your computer.

1. Right-click the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen, and select “Device Manager” in the pop-up that appears.

2. In the Device Manager, find the “Display Adapters” line and click the arrow next to it. This will show you all the graphics cards currently active on your computer.

3. You should see the name of your graphics card. Write it down for reference. If it doesn’t say “Nvidia” — it might say “Intel” or “AMD” instead — then you

11
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

How to update or reinstall your drivers in Windows 10 to keep your computer running smoothly



an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: You'll need to manually update your drivers in Windows 10 if automatic updates aren't enabled. Hollis Johnson


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You’ll need to manually update your drivers in Windows 10 if automatic updates aren’t enabled. Hollis Johnson

  • To update your drivers in Windows 10, open the Device Manager and right-click the device you need to update.
  • The most important drivers on your computer will likely be updated automatically along with other Windows updates, but you can still check for updates manually.
  • Drivers are essential software that keep the various devices and components in your Windows computer working properly.
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Drivers are software that various devices on your Windows computer, such as the sound and graphics cards, rely on to work properly. Without these drivers, most of your computer would break down.

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And like other pieces of software, they occasionally need to be updated. However, it’s not always easy to figure out how to update them.

Many drivers on your computer are updated automatically whenever Windows updates. But if you need to manually install or update a driver, you can do that using the Device Manager. 

How to update a driver in Windows 10

1. Right-click the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen and select “Device Manager” from the list that appears.

2. Use the menu to locate the device you want to update. To update an audio device, for example, click the “>” arrow beside “Audio inputs and outputs” and locate the device in the list. 

3. Right-click the device you need to update and in the pop-up, choose “Update driver.”



graphical user interface, application, Word: You can update drivers using the Windows Device Manager. William Antonelli/Business Insider


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You can update drivers using the Windows Device Manager. William Antonelli/Business Insider

4. You’ll be asked whether you want Windows to search the internet for a new driver to install automatically, or if you have a file on your

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Uber engineer speaks out against company’s $186M campaign, says it’ll hurt drivers

As Uber has poured tens of millions of dollars into a California ballot measure to avoid classifying its drivers as employees, one engineer from inside the ride-hailing company spoke out against this campaign on Tuesday. In an op-ed published by TechCrunch, Kurt Nelson said Uber doesn’t have drivers’ interests in mind.

“Uber works because it’s cheap and it’s quick,” Nelson wrote. “But it’s become clear to me that this is only possible because countless drivers are spending their personal time sitting in their cars, waiting to pick up a ride, completely unpaid. Workers are subsidizing the product with their free labor.”


Nelson is one of only a handful of gig economy company employees to speak out against Proposition 22. It’s been historically rare to see tech workers criticize their employers’ positions. But that’s starting to change. Google employees organized walk-outs in 2018 over the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations and Facebook employees staged a virtual protest in June after the company refused to take down inflammatory posts by President Donald Trump.


Nelson said he’s been a software engineer at Uber for two years, writing code for the company’s Android app. But when he was in college, he drove for the ride-hailing company Lyft. He said that experience gave him insight into what it’s like to be a driver and how difficult it can be when workers don’t have benefits.

Uber, Lyft and other gig economy companies currently classify their drivers as independent contractors, which means the workers pay for their own expenses, such as gas, car maintenance and insurance. Drivers also don’t have labor benefits like minimum wage, health insurance or paid sick leave. If they were to be classified as employees, many of those costs would then fall onto the companies.

In an effort to give gig workers

06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Uber engineer speaks out on company’s $186M campaign, says it’ll hurt drivers

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Uber and Lyft drivers have held several protests in California demanding to be classified as employees.


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As Uber has poured tens of millions of dollars into a California ballot measure to avoid classifying its drivers as employees, one engineer from inside the ride-hailing company spoke out against this campaign on Tuesday. In an op-ed in TechCrunch, Kurt Nelson said that Uber doesn’t have drivers’ interests in mind.

“Uber works because it’s cheap and it’s quick,” Nelson wrote. “But it’s become clear to me that this is only possible because countless drivers are spending their personal time sitting in their cars, waiting to pick up a ride, completely unpaid. Workers are subsidizing the product with their free labor.”

Nelson is one of only a handful of gig economy company employees to speak out against Proposition 22. It’s been historically rare to see tech workers criticize their employers’ positions. But that’s starting to change. Google employees organized walk-outs in 2018 over the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations and Facebook employees staged a virtual protest in June after the company refused to take down inflammatory posts by President Donald Trump.

Nelson said he’s been a software engineer at Uber for two years writing code for the company’s Android app. But when he was in college, he drove for the ride-hailing company Lyft. He said that experience gave him insight into what it’s like to be a driver and how difficult it can be when workers don’t have benefits.

Uber, Lyft and other gig economy companies currently classify their drivers as independent contractors, which means the workers pay for their own expenses, such as gas, car maintenance and insurance. Drivers also don’t have labor benefits