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DriverIdentifier

CNET Editors' review

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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  • 1.0 stars

    "$20 for a driver? Seriously?"

    September 2, 2012  |   By DMT-07

    Version: DriverIdentifier 4.2

    Pros

    Since both of the previous CNET reviews rated it well, I signed up, and installed the DriverIdentifier app. It managed to identify the proper driver where only one driver possibly existed - even going so far as to correctly identify its manufacturer and version number - and taking me to a page where the different drivers could be somewhat differentiated if there were alternatives.

    Cons

    The first clue of something amiss should have been the fact that this site shows up as ALL top 30 links in response to a very specific search for the driver (by device name, revision and date). CNET's favorable but vague and terse reviews should have been the second clue. Third, a suspiciously clunky sign-up process with vague instructions seemingly written by someone who failed ESL. (I tried to be understanding; I wanted a driver, not expert grammar.) But the named driver links all pointed to the same "Install DriverIdentifier" app...they REALLY want you to install something other than the driver ("Danger, Will Robinson!") Fourth, as soon as I installed it, it said that version was obsolete and asked to install a newer one. This whole thing may simply be a front for harvesting email addressed from the unwary. After all that effort, the fact that there is no real help to be had here becomes apparent only at the end of this obstacle course: the driver I want will cost $20?

    Summary

    If you're looking for a recalcitrant or elusive driver, do not waste your time with DriverInstaller. It's actual function is EddressCollector and - if they can get away with it - MoneyGrabber. The modus operandi seems to be to get the user to jump through so many hoops to get to where they are finally told, "OF COURSE we have that driver, just pay us money and we'll give it to you," (the first of which is certainly true, the second only MAY be true) that they simply cough up the money - particularly if they are getting someone else (such as the company where they work) to pay for it.
    I did not cough up for them, so I don't know if there is actually a legitimate driver resource here. But the best I can say for it is that it's grossly overpriced.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Saved by Driver Identifier"

    July 5, 2012  |   By savytechdiva

    Version: DriverIdentifier 4.0

    Pros

    Ease of Use
    Quick and Easy Installation
    No hassles

    Cons

    I wish I would have found Driver Identifier sooner :o(

    Too much time waisted surfing the web looking for updates that wouldn't install and wasn't compatible with Windows 7.

    Summary

    My Business computer was upgraded from Xp to Windows 7. After the upgrade I had no sound coming from the internal speakers. I searched the internet for over a week trying to figuire out what the problem was. On the verge of giving up, I found Driver Identifier. I downloaded it updated my driver and in less than a minute I had sound coming from my speakers. Thank you Driver Identifier for saving the day.....

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Helpfull app ,the best between similar."

    March 8, 2012  |   By hrakleitos

    Version: DriverIdentifier 3.9

    Pros

    Good organized app,fast and decent !

    Cons

    I can't mention for the moment anything negative.

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