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Driver Identifier

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Drivers are software programs that interact between your hardware and your operating system. When you upgrade your hardware or install a peripheral, you probably install the drivers as well, typically from a CD or the Web, though Windows includes drivers for many devices. Without up-to-date drivers, your devices won't work properly. The usual way of updating drivers, checking each manually, takes too long or is too intimidating for many people. DriverIdentifier is a free tool that checks and updates your drivers for you. It scans your system and displays the results in a Web-based tool that lets you choose and install the correct driver updates.

DriverIdentifier downloads and installs conventionally, but its Windows interface has but one button, Scan Drivers. We pressed it, and the program scanned our system, displaying its results in a Web page inside our browser. The results listed our drivers, their manufacturers, versions, and more. Under the Downloads heading in the list view, DriverIdentifier displayed the status of each driver with links to updates for all non-Microsoft drivers (Windows Update handles Microsoft drivers). All but two of our drivers showed Good status. We clicked the link for the first driver that needed updating, which took us to a page listing all available driver downloads. We were able to identify the correct download for our hardware, but the list isn't especially clear on that; it basically just lists everything, so DriverIdentifier isn't totally automatic. You'll still need to know your operating system, version, and so on, but you should know that stuff anyway (right-click Computer and select Properties). We successfully updated two important drivers, including a reboot for one of them, using DriverIdentifier's process.

Even if you don't use DriverIdentifier to update your drivers, it's a handy way to see if any need updating: You can always update them easily enough the usual ways, via the Device Manager, the device's properties, or its software or Web site. We've seen tools similar to DriverIdentifier that will scan your drivers but make you pay to update them. But DriverIdentifier does that free of charge, so before you pay up, check it out.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does nothing to identify drivers at all"

    February 29, 2012  |   By KenjiK

    Version: Driver Identifier 3.5

    Pros

    This program does not work as indicated. In fact it does nothing at all and is not a utiliy, only a link to a utility

    Cons

    All my CNET verison does is open a browser window showing an link to download the software.

    It also adds a hidden log file to my system which wasn't easy to delete.

    Summary

    Sorry if you tell me your softwares is an actual utility when in fact it just opens a browers window with a dowload link I wont be using any solftware created by you.

    Beware the hidden log files this "utility" installs.

    There are much better freeware utilies out there wich ACTUALLY work.

    Avoid this one.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THE BEST ,THE FASTEST AND SAFEST OF IT'S KIND !!!"

    December 26, 2011  |   By salesalex

    Version: Driver Identifier 3.5

    Pros

    DOES EVERYTHING WITH NO COST , AND GIVES YOU THE NEWEST ORIGINAL SIGNED DRIVERS EXACTLY FOR YOU'RE COMPUTER --WHICH YOU CAN INSTAL (OR UPDATE) WITH YOU'RE DEVICE MANAGER . IF YOU ARE SATISFIED WITH A JOB IT DID YOU CAN DONATE THEM FOR A BEER ...

    Cons

    THERE IS NOT A BIT OF CONS . THIS IS THE BEST DRIVER UPDATER AND DOWNLOADER .!

    Summary

    JUST INSTAL THIS SMALL PROGRAM AND RUN IT -IT WILL SCAN YOU'RE DRIVERS AND DEVICES AUTOMATICALY AND THEN IT TAKES YOU TO THEIR WEBSITE WHERE YOU WILL SEE ALL THE POSSIBLE DRIVER DOWNLOADS JUST FOR YOU'RE COMPUTER !!!-download the one you choose (if it does not work you can go back again to download another driver ) AND INSTALL IT WITH THE DEVICE MANAGER ( worked perfectly for my computer ) ..... (AND IF EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL (AND IT WILL)-DONATE THEM FOR A BEER )

    Updated on Apr 7, 2012

    this 2011 version of DRIVER IDENTIFIER is out of date !!! if you want to download it -just GOOGLE it and get the newest version because old version does not work anymore.

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