How to choose a driver updater?

These are the features you may consider when comparing programs:

  • Driver database
  • Scheduled updates
  • Bulk downloads
  • Offline features

Edited by Georgia Pavlou

March 13, 2020

6 Best Free Driver Updaters

If your PC is not performing at its best, your drivers might need updating. You can fix this problem by downloading a free driver updater. Driver updater software scans your computer for outdated, missing, or corrupt drivers, and installs their latest versions.

Drivers allow your operating system to communicate properly with your hardware, hence updating them regularly is essential for keeping your PC in optimal condition. Thanks to driver updater software you don’t need to search, download, and install drivers one-by-one each time you need an update, so you save a lot of time and energy. In Windows 10, Windows Update installer can automatically detect new releases and update your drivers, but you may still need to use another tool that works faster and provides you more options to fix driver issues.

There are a few characteristics to consider when comparing programs: driver database, scheduled updates, inside-the-program downloads, automatic downloads, clean ad-free interface, bulk downloads, backup and restore options, offline features, added tools, and more.

To get you started, we've summed up the main features of what we think are the 6 best free driver updaters.

Best Driver Updater Software

Smart Driver Care

Smart Driver Care is a powerful app available for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7. It offers a free trial so you can test the tool before purchasing it.

The program checks your computer for missing and outdated drivers. After the checkup is completed, Smart Driver Care updates all the drivers at once, which is pretty convenient since you don’t need to download every driver by yourself. The app also has a restoring option. If there is something wrong with the new updated drivers, you can restore them. Another significant feature is the backup. Smart Driver Care can do a full or selective backup of the drivers before updating them.

Overall Smart Driver Care is a reliable easy-to-use app with a bunch of useful features.

Driver Booster

Driver Booster comes from a suite of programs created by IObit. There is a free and PRO version, both compatible with Windows, 10, 8, 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. The program supports over 3 million device drivers which pass the Microsoft WHQL tests and IObit review tests.

When Driver Booster checks your PC, it shows all essential details of the drivers that need updating in order of urgency. It also has a ‘Tools’ utility for fixing other hardware errors. Both versions allow for silent installation with batch downloads; automatic updates, however, are only available in the PRO edition. A strong feature of the program is that it creates restore points to safeguard your drivers in case of issues during installation, it also deletes useless files in the installation package to save disk space.

Driver Booster boasts smooth gaming performance by updating your graphics drivers and game-ready drivers. We also like the ‘Game Boost’ meter that comes with the free version which improves gaming performance with one click. A drawback for some is that Driver Booster runs only with an internet connection. There may also be attempts to add other software to your PC and it’s not as light as other programs.

Driver Booster is trusted by millions of users worldwide to bring their computer drivers up to speed. It’s easy to use, with a clean, ad-free interface.

Driver Talent

Driver Talent, previously known as Drivethelife, comes in a free and Pro version. It works with Windows 10,8.1,8,7, XP, Vista, and Windows Server. With a rich library supporting over 1 million hardware devices, Driver Talent intelligently downloads the best matches for your device. All downloads take place inside the interface and you are never redirected to an external browser.

Driver Talent also has an offline version for network drivers. This feature allows you to update your network drivers without an internet connection, following a Windows fresh install or format. Pre-download is another useful feature, which makes it easy to install a list of drivers on another OS. A nice function the Pro and free versions share is backup and saving of drivers with one click. Both versions also export your hardware profile list. Driver Talent ensures new drivers are installed successfully, by getting rid of residual files when uninstalling old drivers.

On the downside, although Driver Talent Free has fast download speeds, it doesn’t support bulk downloads. Also, some anti-virus engines identify it as malware and it may also attempt to download software you don’t need.

Overall there’s plenty to love about this program; it’s reliable, ad-free, with a clean interface that makes it pleasant to use. Driver Talent will enhance your PC performance and boost your gaming experience in no time.

Free Driver Scout

With a library of over 1 million drivers, Free Driver Scout is one of the few free driver updaters that run automatic updates. It has a pre-download function that allows you to download all your drivers when migrating to a different OS and supports a restore system in case it encounters any updating issues.

On the downside, Driver Scout is freeware with ads and may fail to detect some of your outdated drivers. Also, available drivers may not be from the original manufacturer; it may also install unrelated software. Although the developer is not releasing new versions, Free Driver Scout is fully compatible with Windows 8, 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

If you prefer a utility that requires minimum user interaction, runs automatically, and don’t mind a few unrelated programs, this utility may well be at the top of your list.

Driver Identifier

Driver Identifier is another free driver updater tool that finds the latest versions for your drivers, and it's completely portable. It gives you access to a huge database you can download on a USB and open offline.

After installing the program, you can perform a full system scan with one click. The finder will show the release date and version of your drivers and make recommendations. Unlike other tools, you need to download drivers manually. To download a driver, you are redirected outside the program, usually to the official manufacturer’s site.

Driver Identifier does not perform regular checks for outdated drivers, and you need to create a free account before you can start downloading. Although it requires a bit more user input compared to other free driver updaters, it's easy to use, and a great choice if you don’t have internet access.

Driver Easy

You can download Driver Easy and perform a full system scan in just a few minutes, it supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10,8.1, and Windows 7. With access to over 8 million certified drivers, you can rest assured you will be getting the best drivers for your computer. The interface is also very easy to navigate.

The free version requires you to download and install drivers inside the program one-by-one, unlike Pro, which offers a 1-click fix to update all drivers. To ensure driver stability, all drivers pass the Microsoft WHQL tests and are also certified by Driver Easy. You can schedule automatic monthly scans to detect missing or outdated drivers, and also scan your system without an internet connection.

A useful feature is the ‘Hardware Info’ tab which collects system information; OS, CPU, network and graphics cards, motherboard information, and more. A drawback is that tools like restore point and driver backup are limited in the free version.

If you value driver stability and don’t mind a few extra clicks to download and install drivers individually, Driver Easy may be the right program for you.

Updating your drivers does not have to be a daunting task, a driver updater is a powerful tool that can do it for you in a fraction of the time. Many driver updater programs also come with additional tools for repairing driver errors and cleaning up your system; so you don't only get driver updates but a full system boost.

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