There are lots of reasons to keep your device drivers up-to-date, including better system stability and improved performance. And the good news is it’s really easy to do with the right software.
Enter Driver Detective…
Scan for outdated drivers
When you first launch Driver Detective you’ll be presented with the following screen. Click Scan Now to get started.
The scan is very fast — it took only 8 seconds to scan my computer.
Once the scan is complete the results page will list your out-of-date drivers.
Choose a driver to update
Now choose which driver you want to update and click on the floppy disk icon to start the download. I chose to update my USB mass storage device (that’s an external hard drive, in plain English).
Install the new driver
Once the driver has downloaded, click on Open to install it. If the driver is self-installing, Driver Detective will immediately launch the installer.
If it’s in a compressed file format (e.g. .zip or .rar) Driver Detective will attempt to open it using your default compression utility (e.g. WinZip or WinRAR). Once uncompressed, just double-click on the installer.
Now follow the on-screen instructions to install it. This may vary from vendor to vendor.
Restart, rinse and repeat
You may be prompted to restart Windows, so it’s a good idea to update your drivers at a time when you’re not using your computer for anything else.
If you have multiple drivers to update/install, just repeat the above process as many times as necessary.
If for some reason your file compression utility doesn’t launch automatically, or if you don’t have one installed, your new drivers will be saved to
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PC Drivers Headquarters\Driver Detective\Downloads\ by default (in Windows XP, anyway).