Driver sweeper windows 8: Driver Sweeper Download Free for Windows 10, 7, 8 (64 bit / 32 bit)

Driver Sweeper Download Free for Windows 10, 7, 8 (64 bit / 32 bit)

Driver Sweeper Download Free for Windows 10, 7, 8 (64 bit / 32 bit)

Uninstall unused drivers from computer»

A review by Andrew

Everybody want to have a fast computer, Besides hardware, we must take care about software and to manage all applications. One thing to do is to get rid of outdated drivers – or to delete those that are not used. Lack of a driver in your device can be a source of computer malfunction. The challenge now comes when you have to get the relevant driver to restore the functionality. This is where Driver Sweeper is vital to remove and add drivers of the same function but different from the default browser.

Immediately after you launch the application, you get a list of all the drivers available in your computer system, all you need is to click on them and click the clean icon to remove them. Do this when you are very sure of what you are doing because you may cause more damage to your system than before.

Some of the drivers are just registries which fill up your disk space for no apparent reason. You may as well back up all the drivers and run the clean function and still restore the drivers which you may have accidentally removed from the system.

This is a simple tool which can be used by both professional and beginners. Although, it is important to have knowledge of the significance of the drivers in your system before you use the application.

You do not have to run through system files which are delicate to remove drivers when Driver Sweeper is freely available to give you an option of the specific drivers to get rid of.

Driver Sweeper is licensed as freeware for PC or laptop with Windows 32 bit and 64 bit operating system. It is in uninstallers category and is available to all software users as a free download.

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Hyper-V in Windows 8.1 (Part 1)

Client virtualization is becoming an increasingly popular feature, not only among IT professionals, but also among ordinary users. However, Microsoft did not have a decent solution in this area for a long time, so for client virtualization, third-party applications such as Oracle VirtualBox or VMWare Workstation had to be used.

However, with the release of Windows 8, and then Windows 8. 1, the situation changed for the better. Taking advantage of the fact that the G8 is based on the same core as Windows Server 2012, Microsoft simply took the Hyper-V server role and transferred it to the client operating system with minimal changes, calling the new functionality the client hypervisor (Client Hyper-V). The result is a very good solution for virtualization. The features of using Hyper-V in Windows 8.1 will be discussed in this and subsequent articles.

System requirements to enable Hyper-V


Hyper-V requires a 64-bit processor from Intel or AMD that supports NX and SSE2 instructions. The processor must support virtualization technologies (Intel VT-x or AMD-V), as well as Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) technology. You can check the processor for the necessary technologies using the Coreinfo utility from Sysinternals, the verification procedure is described in detail here and here.

Also, before enabling Client Hiper-V, you need to check if all these technologies are enabled in the BIOS/UEFI. In some cases, a flashing may be required to enable them.


Microsoft recommends that Hyper-V requires a minimum of 4GB of RAM. On my own behalf, I’ll add that on this amount of RAM you can start the main system and run a maximum of one or two virtual machines that are undemanding to memory. For more or less comfortable work, you should count on at least 8GB of RAM. The maximum is limited only by the number of slots on the motherboard and your financial capabilities, since Hyper-V itself supports the allocation of up to 512GB of RAM for one VM.

Disk subsystem

There are no official recommendations here, but from experience I will say that Hyper-V makes quite serious demands on the performance of the disk subsystem. If you plan to run several VMs at the same time, then you should think about allocating a separate hard drive for them, or organizing a RAID.

However, there are no strict restrictions, and if desired, virtual machines can be stored anywhere, for example, on a flash drive or network storage. It will work, although very slowly ?

Operating system

Only 64-bit versions of Windows 8\8.1, Professional or Enterprise editions can be used as the operating system for Hyper-V.

Installing Hyper-V

To install Hyper-V, go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features and select Turn Windows features on or off.

In the window that opens, find the Hyper-V item. In addition to the Hyper-V platform itself, this includes tools for managing it — the Hyper-V Manager graphical snap-in and the Hyper-V module for PowerShell. Open it, mark all the necessary components and click OK.

Also, all the necessary components can be installed from the PowerShell console, with the following command:

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All

Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Hyper-V –All

Either option will take several minutes to install the features, after which you will need to restart your computer.

Hiper-V 9 setup0007

Now let’s start the configuration, for which we need the Hyper-V Manager snap-in (Hyper-V Manager). It is located on the start screen, and you can also press Win + R and run the snap-in command virtmgmt.msc . If you plan to work closely with virtual machines, then Hyper-V Manager should be immediately attached to the taskbar.

Hyper-V Manager can be used to remotely manage Hyper-V hosts, including server hosts. This feature is very convenient to use in a corporate network, managing all virtual machines from one snap-in, both local and located on remote servers.

Opening the manager, right-click on the host name and select Hyper-V Settings from the context menu.

General hypervisor settings are located here. They are not that very important, but it is still worth going over them.

The Virtual Hard Disks section specifies the directory where the virtual disks are placed, and the Virtual Machines section specifies the directory where the virtual machine configuration files are located. By default, they are located on the system drive, and in different places, which in my opinion is not very convenient. However, this is the default file location, if desired, it can be changed for each specific VM when it is created.

NUMA Spanning section — Enables the Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) technology that controls the distribution of memory between physical processors in multiprocessor configurations. To clarify, we are not talking about the cores of one processor, but about different physical processors.

Storage migration allows you to move virtual machine files from one location to another without shutting down the machine, on the fly. The Storage Migrations section specifies how many VM storages can be migrated at the same time. By default, there is a limit of 2 transfers, and it is better not to change it unless absolutely necessary.

Windows 8.1 introduced enhanced session mode, which allows you to redirect devices and resources from the host to the VM. Accordingly, in the «Enhanced session policy» section, we allow the use of the extended session mode when connecting to the VM, and in the «Extended session mode» section, we specify to use the extended mode if it is supported by the VM operating system. In client Hyper-V, extended session mode is enabled by default.

Well, to the heap, you can specify how keyboard shortcuts should be processed when connecting to a VM, set a key combination to release the mouse when there are no integration services installed, and uncheck the boxes that hide some pages or messages.

The next item in our program is network configuration, so we open the context menu again and select the «Virtual Switch Manager» item. Here we need to create a virtual switch to which virtual machines will connect. Depending on what kind of access you plan to give virtual machines, you can choose one of three types of virtual network:

• External. This network type is used when virtual machines need access to an external network. In this case, the virtual switch is bound to a physical network adapter, and all virtual machines connected to it have access to the external network on a par with the host. Keep in mind that with this option, each VM needs to be assigned an IP address from the external network;
• Internal. In this option, virtual machines located on the same host can communicate with each other, as well as with the control system. The internal virtual network is not tied to a physical network adapter, so there is no access outside of it;
• Private. The most limited option, in which virtual machines can only communicate with each other, they have no connection with the external network and host. Private virtual networks are used if it is necessary to completely isolate the VM from external network traffic.

When creating virtual switches, you are not limited to one type of network, you can create several switches of different types and combine them with each other.

So, to create a new virtual switch, select its type and click the «Create virtual switch» button.

Then give the switch a meaningful name, you can also add a short description.

For an external network (if there are multiple network adapters), you can specify which network adapter the virtual switch will bind to. By the way, one of the differences between client Hyper-V and server Hyper-V is the ability to assign a wireless adapter as a virtual switch.

Also pay attention to the checkbox below, with its help we can give the selected adapter entirely for the needs of Hyper-V. In this case, it will disappear from the list of network connections and become unavailable to the control system. Do not uncheck this box if you have only one network adapter on your computer, otherwise the computer will lose network connectivity.

Well, if your network uses logical subnetting (Virtual Local Area Network, VLAN), then for a virtual switch connected to an external network, you can enable the use of VLAN and specify the VLAN ID. Accordingly, all VMs connected to this switch will be in the specified subnet.

Additionally, by going to the «Global Network Settings» section, you can set the range of MAC addresses that will be dynamically assigned to virtual machines. This may be required on a corporate network so that MAC address ranges do not overlap.

As you can see from the example, I created 3 virtual switches — External, Internal and Private, one for each type of network. If you now go into network connections, you can see a curious picture.

The External virtual adapter is now responsible for connecting the computer to the external network, to which all the settings of the physical interface have been transferred. The physical adapter itself is devoid of all bindings and plays the role of a virtual switch for Hyper-V. In this regard, it is worth remembering that when creating or deleting an external virtual network, the connection of the computer to the external network will be broken.

An Internal virtual adapter has been created for the internal network and is automatically assigned an APIPA address ( With this adapter, the management system can communicate with virtual machines.

A private virtual network does not require a virtual network adapter in the host operating system.

And yet, it is worth mentioning such an important point as the rights to manage the hypervisor.

By default, members of the Administrators group have access to all Hyper-V settings. If you want to give the user rights to manage only Hyper-V, restricting access to the settings of the physical computer, then you can add him to the Hyper-V Administrators group. Members of this group also have unrestricted access to Hyper-V, can change any settings, and manage virtual machines.

This completes the hypervisor configuration and you can start deploying virtual machines. This will be discussed in the next article.

Configure at least the required amount of memory for a virtual machine that is running Windows 8.1 and dynamic memory is enabled for




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Feature Details
Operating system Windows Server 2016
Product or component Hyper-V
Severity Error
Category Configuration

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One or more virtual machines are configured to use dynamic memory with less memory required for Windows 8.1.


The guest operating system on the following virtual machines may not start or may run unreliably:

up to 256 MB, as well as the amount of memory at startup and a maximum memory of at least 512 MB for this virtual machine.

Increase memory using Hyper-V Manager

  1. Open Hyper-V Manager. (In Server Manager, click Tools . Hyper-V Manager .)

  2. In the list of virtual machines, right-click the desired one, and then select Settings .

  3. In the Navigation Pane, click memory .

  4. Replace with at least 512 MB of RAM .

  5. In section Dynamic Memory , change Minimum RAM to at least 256 MB and Maximum RAM to 512 MB.