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Free Driver Update Tools for your Computers

Did you face driver problems? You don’t need to go to your computer supplier every time when you get driver problem, here are some driver tools which can help you update some or all of the computer drivers installed in windows for your mini 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 computer supplier yourself.

1. Driver Booster (Driver Booster Download)

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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Driver Booster can be scheduled to automatically find outdated drivers.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.

2. Free Driver Scout (Download)

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Free Driver Scout is an amazing driver updater because it provides true automatic updating.

This means the program will automatically scan for any required updates, automatically download the updates, and then automatically install them, without requiring any input from you, which can’t be said for any other program in this list.

Device drivers can be excluded from a scan with Free Driver Scout so they don’t show up as needing an update in the future.

Another great feature in Free Driver Scout is the ability to backup and restore drivers. The program lets you backup some or all of your drivers and then easily restore them again if you need to.

Also included in Free Driver Scout is an extremely helpful tool called the OS Migration Tool. You would run this tool if you’re going to install a different Windows operating system to your computer. It will find the device drivers for the new OS and save them to a custom location, like a flash drive. Then, when you have the other Windows operating system installed, you can use the same tool to restore those OS-specific drivers so you don’t have to worry about finding the device drivers again.

3. DriverPack Solution (Download)

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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 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.

4. Snappy Driver Installer (Download)

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Snappy Driver Installer is another free 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 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 on any other computer.

5. SlimDrivers (Download)

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SlimDrivers is a free program that can update outdated drivers, backup currently installed drivers, and uninstall drivers.

You can create a schedule that SlimDrivers will follow to always keep you current on what drivers need updating.

When SlimDrivers finds an update to a driver, you can clearly see the release date of the currently installed driver next to the date of the update. This helps raise confidence that the update is real and not a glitch in the program.

While testing SlimDrivers, it seemed to find an extra update or two that some of the other programs in this list missed. If you’re using another driver updater and it missed something you expected, SlimDrivers might be worth a try.

6. Driver Talent (Download)

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Driver Talent (previously called DriveTheLife) is a 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 program not only can update outdated and missing drivers but also fix corrupted ones and backup 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.

7. Device Doctor (Download)

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Device Doctor is a really simple and easy to use driver update program. It can be downloaded as a regular program or as a portable one that doesn’t need to be installed.

You can schedule scans to check for outdated drivers and then when an update is found, you’ll be taken to a website to manually download it.

Because you have to download updates outside of Device Doctor, you may sometimes need to unzip driver files before using them. You can do that with a file unzip tool.

8. DriverMax (Download)

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DriverMax is a free Windows program that can update outdated drivers. Unfortunately, it’s limited in a few areas.

In addition to updating old drivers, DriverMax can backup some or all of the currently installed drivers, restore backed up drivers, roll back drivers, and identify unknown hardware.

I found that DriverMax discovered a significantly higher number of outdated drivers than every other program from this list did. I checked the version numbers against the currently installed drivers and they all seemed to be valid updates.

9. DriversCloud (Download)

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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.

10. DriverIdentifier (Download)

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DriverIdentifier is an extremely simple, yet very useful free driver updater program.

You can scan for drivers if you don’t have an internet connection, which is super nice if your network card driver isn’t working. When the scan is complete, DriverIdentifier will have you save the list of drivers to an HTML file.

Just open the file on a computer that does have an internet connection so the DriverIdentifier website can cross-reference the results with their databases. Drivers that need updating will have an Update link next to them.

11. Driver Easy (Download)

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Driver Easy is another program used to find updates for drivers in Windows, and it’s free for both personal and commercial use.

Schedule a scan with Driver Easy to check for outdated drivers and prompt you to download an update. A scan can be scheduled daily, weekly, monthly, when your PC is idle, or even every time you log on to Windows.

I like that Driver Easy can download drivers from inside the program without the need to open an external web browser.

There are additional features included in Driver Easy as well, like viewing hardware information and scanning for driver updates when you don’t have an internet connection. There’s also an online version of the scanner that condenses the program into a simple scanner without all the extra features.

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