OK, here’s the deal with driver update software. They each give you access to a different bunch of device drivers. So, if one doesn’t have the drivers you need, then just try another.
A free scan will show you what drivers each one has, so give ‘em a go…
Most useful driver software — DriverCure
Pros Super easy to use. 600,000 device driver database. Downloads and installs drivers with 2 clicks. Updates your drivers and your software. Creates system restore points before installing updates. Monitors more than 4,000 companies for updates. Sends you an email when new updates are available so you can keep your computer updated and firing on all cylinders.
Cons Doesn’t back up your drivers.
Verdict If you wanna keep your drivers and your software updated, DriverCure makes it easier than falling off a log.
Full review: DriverCure review
Requirements: Windows® 8, 7, Vista SP1 or XP SP3.
Biggest driver database — Driver Detective
Pros Massive 27 million device driver database. Uses OEM Match Intelligence to identify your hardware devices. Backs-up your drivers. Easy Migrator tool helps you upgrade Windows. You can download drivers via the Driver Detective website. Includes integrated customer support.
Cons Doesn’t support older versions of Windows.
Verdict If you’re struggling to find the drivers you need, then Driver Detective will be right up your alley.
Full review: Driver Detective review
Requirements: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000.
Most features — Driver Genius Professional Edition
Pros 80,000 device driver database. Updates, installs and uninstalls drivers. Backs-up and restores drivers. Driver auto-installer helps you reinstall Windows. Device Diagnostics tool gets to the bottom of hardware problems. Scheduled scanner keeps your drivers updated.
Cons Device driver database is smaller than other software.
Verdict If you need to update, install, uninstall, back-up, or restore drivers… or diagnose hardware problems, then Driver Genius is just the ticket.
Full review: Driver Genius review
Requirements: Windows® 8 (64-bit & 32-bit), 7 (64-bit & 32-bit), Vista (64-bit & 32-bit), XP (64-bit & 32-bit), 2008 Server (64-bit & 32-bit), Server 2003 (64-bit & 32-bit), ME, 2000, 98 & 98SE.
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