Find updated drivers with DriverIdentifier

Scan for and download updated drivers for your system with this free Web-based app.

Updating your system's drivers is important in keeping your computer running safe and smooth, but too many users neglect this vital maintenance task. DriverIdentifier is a free tool that scans your system, identifies all its drivers and versions, and compares the results to an online database. The app then presents the results as a Web page on which you can click on any driver to download an update to install.

Since nearly every driver is different, DriverIdentifier doesn't automatically install drivers; it just directs you to them and downloads them for you, if you tell it to, though you can also download them directly from each developer's Web site, if you prefer. In any case, you'll still need to be able to update your drivers individually as needed.

When the installer finished its job, a Web-based quick-start guide opened. Following its instructions, we clicked the Scan Now button on the program's compact user interface, and DriverIdentifier scanned our system. When the scan finished, a Web page opened with a display of all our system's drivers and their versions, filenames, sizes, and dates. As we expected, the vast majority of our drivers were up-to-date, but three updates were available. Clicking on these took us to additional pages listing all available download options, including OEM filenames. Our graphics card showed many available downloads, but the program only showed one driver update from Microsoft for our attached USB drive. We selected the one appropriate for our system and clicked it. We had to click the link to start the download, but that could be due to any number of causes. But no matter since DriverIdentifier downloaded the file, which we subsequently saved, extracted, and installed.

One caveat: DriverIdentifier displayed our drivers and information about our system in an ordinary Web page, not a secure one. Though it displays no personal data and creates no links to your PC, we thought you should know. Web-based utilities can use Cloud-based resources for up-to-date, knowledge-based maintenance, but not every issue has been worked out to every user's satisfaction. DriverIdentifier threw us no curves, though.

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