List of Advanced Driver Updater
Advance Driver updater tools do just what you’re probably thinking — they help you update some or all of the device drivers installed in Windows for your computer’s hardware.
These free driver updater programs make it easy to keep your drivers updated. Use one, and you won’t need to deal with Device Manager so much, nor will you need to go find the right driver from your hardware maker yourself.
Driver Booster is the best free driver updater program. It’s compatible with all versions of Windows and makes updating drivers simple. Driver Booster can be scheduled to automatically find outdated drivers. When new updates are found, you can easily start downloading them from inside the Driver Booster program so you don’t need to go out to an internet browser to grab them.
Before you install a driver, you can see how the new driver version compares with the currently installed driver, which is helpful. I like that Driver Booster creates a restore point before installing a driver in the event something goes wrong with the installation.
There’s an option in the settings to install drivers in the background, which hides installation wizards and other popup messages. This is handy so you don’t have to click through so many windows when installing new drivers. Driver Booster works in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.
DriverPack Solution has a user interface that’s easier to use than most of the others on this list. There are only a few buttons and definitely no confusing screens or options. This program supports bulk downloads and automated installs so that you don’t have to click through any installation wizards.
When you first open DriverPack Solution, you can choose to download and install all of the drivers automatically or to manually choose for yourself which ones you want to update. There’s also some basic system information included in DriverPack Solution, as well as a software downloader that can install some recommended programs to your computer. DriverPack Solution supports Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.
Snappy Driver Installer:
Snappy Driver Installer is another freeware driver updater tool that’s a bit like DriverPack Solution, listed above. You can download multiple drivers at once for many different types of devices. After they’re downloaded, the program gives you immediate access to install the updates… with or without an internet connection.
Snappy Driver Installer is super easy to use and doesn’t even need to be installed. This means you can use something like an external hard drive to transport and install the downloaded drivers to any other computer.
Snapper Driver Installer also has zero advertisements, doesn’t limit download speeds, and can install as many drivers as you need, without any limitations. This program works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
Driver Talent (previously called DriveTheLife) is very easy to use driver updater program that lets you download device drivers through a program so you don’t have to search the internet for official download links. This application not only can update outdated and missing drivers but also fix corrupted ones and back up all your installed drivers for you.
The size of a driver as well as its release date and version number are displayed for you before you download it so you can be sure you’re getting what you’re after. An alternative version is available that includes network drivers and works offline, which is perfect if you need to install drivers but don’t have the proper network driver installed.
There’s also a feature within Driver Talent that lets you pre-download all the drivers necessary for the computer so that you can easily reinstall them should you reinstall the OS later. While using Driver Talent, I noticed the program itself installed on my computer in less than five seconds, and most of the driver updates downloaded really quickly, which was nice. Driver Talent can be installed in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.
DriversCloud (previously called Ma-Config) is a free web service that finds detailed information about your hardware and software, including outdated drivers. This works by downloading a program that allows a web browser to gather information from your computer.
From the website, you can find categories such as BSOD Analysis, My Drivers, Autorun, Network Configuration, and other areas you can browse through. When you need to update a driver, you can see the full information on what the new driver details are versus the currently installed driver. You can see the version number, manufacturer, INF file name and date, and hardware ID.