When you want to keep your laptop or Desktop at maximum performance, regular drivers update is necessary. If you install Windows from scratch you need to install some additional drivers for running new hardware.
For example, if you are using a graphics card, then you need to install its driver to properly work. A driver is a communicator between your hardware and operating system. Many hardware manufacturers release new updates when they introduce new features and some updates are related to bug fixes.
So, every new update is necessary for running hardware smoothly. For updating new drivers, usually many people seek help from Device manager. Another hurdle for updating new driver is the matching hardware, you need to be very careful while finding a driver for particular hardware. If the hardware version mismatch the driver number the installed driver won’t work properly. The device manager is a built-in utility in Windows operating system, but it is somehow not user-friendly for easy driver updating.
To simplify the driver updating task, many third-party developers developed driver update tools for Windows. These tools will check whenever a new update available for your installed hardware, they download and update automatically. Here is the list of best Driver Update tools for Windows.
1. Driver Booster
Driver Booster is the best driver updating tool for Windows. It is a very popular product from IObit company. This tool is free and helps you to install the latest drivers for your hardware. The simplicity of the program is its asset. It stands on its agenda and automatically finds the drivers that are outdated. You don’t need to search the web for driver downloads for each hardware individually.
Just open the program and search for the drivers. It will start finding a driver for every installed hardware on your machine. The best part of the Driver Booster is comparing driver version, you can check the new driver details along with a comparison of old driver to check what’s new and differences.
As a safety precaution, Driver Booster creates a restore point before installing a driver. If any error or bug happen during the updating of a driver or a buggy driver update, you can restore the PC before driver update state. This is the pretty interesting and useful feature to avoid PC crash issue.
2. Snappy Driver Installer
When you stuck in a situation where hardware stopped working due to the outdated driver, Snappy Driver Installer will fix the issue for you. Another interesting driver downloading tool which is completely free. It is portable and doesn’t need to be installed in order to use. The full version can be downloaded via Torrent and sizes around 17GB. The light version uses only 7MB size and can be downloaded in Zip file. You can download multiple drivers at once and you can use it for offline use too. The program is completely ad-free and available for Windows XP and above.
3. Driver Easy
Driver Easy is yet another driver updating tool available for Windows. The program packed with all similar features listed in the above program. The downloading and installation of the program is very fast. After, installation the program quickly scans for outdated drivers and generates the list of required drivers.
The user can quickly download a driver within the software. The built-in scheduling support lets you check the drivers at a particular time, so you can set a time for driver updating without interrupting the work on PC.
Also, you can set the Scan schedules. A scan can be scheduled daily, weekly, monthly basis. It can find drivers for almost all hardware including all brands. The program allows scan in the free version, the pro version allows you to update the driver.
The pro version offers a one-click update, high-speed download, automatic restore point creation, driver uninstall, backup&restore and expert tech support.
4. Driver Pack Solution
Very popular tool among the others and Driver Pack solution is one of the great driver updating tool available for Windows. The user interface of the program is its main asset. It is very easy to update a driver from scratch.
It supports automated tasks, bulk downloading option from various driver portals. Also, the program suggests you new software which is suitable for your usage. You can accept to install or reject the suggestions. DriverPackSolution supports Windows XP and above versions.
5. Driver Talent
With quick and hassle-free installation and easy to use UI, Driver Talent became our one of the driver software recommendation. The performance of Driver Talent is very smooth and fast. You don’t need to check the drivers manually for every hardware.
This program check for you and you can take a backup before and after the driver installation. The interesting part of the program is an alternative version, which is designed for network drivers update and works as an offline version. The only downside of the program is not having support for bulk drivers downloading and during installation, the program tries to install some programs.
6. WinZip Driver Updater
With a promising extensive database of drivers, WinZip Driver UPdater got the 6th position in our list. It starts with a robust scan of your entire system to check the drivers status. If a hardware driver is up-to-date it excludes from the updating list of drivers, which saves the time and bandwidth.
Before starting the driver updating procedure it creates a backup for the extra safety of your data. The scheduling options of driver scans will maintain every driver up to date without your presence.
7. Driver Max
Another Windows driver updater with limited features. The Driver Max is a good tool but the program limits only 2 updates per day and maximum 10 per month. However, it has positive sides too. The program is assuring you a properly tested update and creates a system restore point. If any buggy update creates a problem on your PC, you can easily roll back to the previous version using the restore point.
The program has a database of drivers for over 2,300,000 devices with latest versions. It has all the features include scheduling, automated installs, and support for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
DriverCloud is a very user-friendly driver updating solution. First, you need to download the client on Windows. After the installation, it thoroughly checks for the hardware data which needs drivers to update and open the details on the web browser. The user can relax while updating drivers without any hassle. Everything goes as per instructions and program thoroughly scans for every wanted driver update. Coming to the downside, the program, it doesn’t support bulk downloading or updating.
9. Driver Reviver
It is a product of popular software manufacturer ReviverSoft. The program is very simple to use and you can easily spot the drivers which are outdated. The one-click driver update is the program asset, which is very easy to install driver solution.
The program promises the safety to your machine by allowing backup and restores options before and after the driver update. If any bad update ruins the machine, you can roll back to the previous system restore point. Driver Reviver program is available for free and pro versions. The free version includes only the scanning option and whereas pro version enables all premium features.
With a huge database and up to date drivers DriverIdentifier got our top 10 positions in the list. The program commits the most promising driver installation solution with ease. The best part of the program is its portability and works even without an Internet connection. Once you install the app, it starts with a big “scan now” button as shown in the above picture. I’ve tested the program on both online and offline mode. During the online testing, the program scans and shows the report in the web browser. There you can download the required driver updates manually from the website. Whereas, the offline mode scans and exports the detailed report in an HTML file.
11. Device Doctor
As its name implies, this tool works as a doctor for your devices. The program is designed for very simple to use User Interface. Once, installed click on “Begin Scan” option to start searching for drivers which are needed to be installed and other needed to be updated. With over 13 million individual devices and computers drivers database, it is one of the huge driver’s repository. The program comes in both free and premium version. The free version comes with a complete scan and one driver update per day option. Whereas pro version packed with faster driver download speeds, automatic download of drivers, startup manager, and uninstaller.
DriverHub is yet another driver updating tool with promising performance. The program weighs below 1M and installs pretty fastly on your PC. But during the installation, some additional software tries to install along with the DriverHub. Once, the installation finishes the program quickly scans your entire PC and shows the required drivers list to update. During my testing, I found the software quickly downloads updates with one click and installs them automatically.
The company strongly believes that you no need to call service center for a driver related issue if you installed DriverHub on your PC. It is completely free to use program with trusted software without any virus or trojan injection.
13. Ninite Updater
14. Smart Driver Updater
Smart Driver Updater is yet another tool for updating device drivers on Windows. The features include one-click updating, instant access to all latest drivers, backup and restore and a built-in scheduler.
PerfectUpdater clearly justifies its job. The installation of the program is very fast and the GUI is detailed and quite simple to understand. Once it installs, it scans your entire contents if the hard drive to find which drivers are outdated. The scan is fast and you can set automatic driver downloads.
With a simple user interface, DriverHive is one of the detailed driver update tool available. The program is capable of automatically detecting your system hardware configuration and quickly analyzes their driver needs. It has the option to create the system restore point.
17. Free Driver Scout
Free Driver Scout is yet another light-weight driver updater. It is labeled as Freemium software for its features. As like some installations, this program tries to install one additional program during installation. Also, it asks the .net framework 3.5 in order to run. However, the program is designed to run even on old hardware configurations. You just need a 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM to run this program. Free Driver Scout has the backup and restore options along with automated scan features.
18. Slim Drivers
19. Driver Fighter
Driver Fighter is a lightweight program designed with fast scanning and searching capabilities. The program can be downloaded as a free version but in order to update a driver, you need the pro version. In terms of usability the program satisfies the job but sometimes it shows unwanted pop-ups of some programs.
That’s all for now. These are the most efficient driver update tools available for Windows. If you have any suggestion or feedback, please mention in the comment box below.