Featured Freeware: DriverMax

One of the worst things about a fatal hard drive crash is having to hunt down drivers for devices whose installation discs you no longer have. Driver Magician Lite prevents you from having to resurrect the dead by backing up your drivers.

Behind a slick interface, this program backs up all your PC's drivers in case you mess up something fierce. From registration to implementation, DriverMax works fast, runs smooth, and does even more than mere backing up.

The application is nearly flawless. Its slick button navigation takes users through the four main sections of the program: Driver Operations, Updates, Identification, and Popular Hardware. Mousing over one reveals more choices, so you can export your drivers, import drivers, or view an installed drivers report. Backing up and reinstalling an "accidentally" deleted driver was as pain-free as could be, and users can back up all drivers or compile a customized list. Automatically updating your drivers currently doesn't work, and the free registration key requires your e-mail address--annoying, but worth suffering through to get these must-have features.

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