DriverMax Free Edition 7.29 scans, identifies, and updates your PC's hardware drivers automatically, one by one. It also backs up and restores drivers, keeps track of downloaded drivers, and identifies hardware without drivers. The freeware is limited to two driver downloads per day, at lower priority, and has other limitations compared to the Pro Edition.
Driver tune-up: A tune-up keeps your car running smoothly and reliably; updating your drivers does much the same for your PC. If updating drivers seems intimidating, DriverMax can take away some of the mystery.
Driver Ed: The freeware is fully functional, so the two-a-day limit is only an issue when you're updating drivers in batches. Nothing is stopping you from updating drivers the usual way (using the Device Manager), either.
Backup and restore: DriverMax can back up and restore your drivers, and it asks to create a Restore Point before installing new drivers.
Account required: You must create an online account to use DriverMax's Web-based tools. It's free, fairly unobtrusive, and relatively painless. But some users might care, so we're mentioning it.
Speed limits: Pro users have priority over free accounts in driver downloads. But a one-at-a-time, take-your-time approach to updating drivers usually means fewer crashes, conflicts, and blue screen errors.
The free version of DriverMax has some limits compared to the Pro edition, but once you've updated all your drivers and set DriverMax on daily watch for new updates, you're unlikely to need to install more than two drivers at a time. For us, the most important thing is to know when updates are available, and DriverMax Free Edition does the job nicely.
DriverMax is a powerful free utility which helps you download, update, backup and restore the drivers installed on your Windows PC. It automatically checks for more recent driver versions and identifies and installs missing drivers for unknown devices in your computer. Download all drivers from one place in just a few easy steps and keep your PC up to date. Backup drivers and keep all of them in one compressed file; restore them at a mouse click within a few minutes. This tool will save you a lot of time when reinstalling Windows, both on recent PCs and older computers for which the original CDs containing the drivers have been lost. You no longer have to track down old driver installation CDs, insert one installation CD after another or spend hours searching for drivers on the Internet. DriverMax is able to display a detailed report about all installed drivers (versions, release dates) and provide you with Windows Experience Index rating information before you purchase new hardware.
This software quickly found & downloaded the driver for a cheap generic USB wireless NIC I had which was awesome but.......
DAILY POPUP SPAM A DEAL BREAKER. If you have the free version you get a daily popup window harassing you to purchase the paid version. UNACCEPTABLE! The free version WILL ONLY UPDATE TWO DRIVERS PER DAY.
I will probably uninstall this program in a week or two after updating all my driver files.
Two free drivers every day.
Limited to decent amount of free drivers per month.
Discount registration message on bottom right side of the screen can constantly pop out which may be annoying in some cases sadly.
DriverMax is great program to update your drivers, on top of that it's also absolutely free as long as you can live with 2 drivers per day, if you can't though, i recommend you to buy it to support developers
The software scans all drivers and checks to see if there are any good current updates for them and notifies you about them and just to mention how easy the interface is anyone can use it and I definitely recommend buying pro which I do not have but wish to have.
Some of the constant spam of notifications "These drivers need to be updated" or the "40% off pro" do get in the way sometimes but I'm sure there is a way to stop them I just haven't done it yet, but otherwise there are no really bad cons you have to worry about.
One need not care about the drivers, at least this is stated by the manufacturer. Indeed, tghis is true but with rather many exceptions (read the other reviews).
It updates some drivers in such a way that the device stops working (my mouse). Sometimes (but only sometimes) it recognizes the situatiom amd gets the old driver back (my keyboard) but it does not stop trying to update to the bad driver. To update my NVIDIA video driver I went to the NVIDIA web pages to get a working driver eventually as the driver installed by DriverMax did not work.
Not recommendable but I still have not uninstall it as I have no better alternative at this moment. Anyway, if something works (driver) why to update it?
Occasionally and by accident, this app (DriverMax) can upgrade a few drivers.
DriverMax can lead you to a trap. In my case, I excepted to upgrade the
default Bluetooth driver of Microsoft. So I installed the Bluetooth driver of
Bluesoleil, which BT Driver had been by DriverMax introduced. After the
installation Bluesoleil's BT driver I was surprised. A " warning " window of Bluesoleil opened and I was informed, that I had to pay during the next
30 days. After the uninstallation of Bluesoleil's BT driver I realized, that
I couldn't use again the default Bluetooth module of my OS. The same
problem you can face, if you download the Bluesoleil's BT driver
from any web page.
After that, I can't understand, how is possible DriverMax to get four stars to five!
I wish I had some good things to say about this. It gave me some false hope. I guess THAT'S something.
DriverMax loaded some bad updates. I had to do a Windows recovery to reset me video driver. (Try doing THAT when your display is jacked up.)
When I tried to uninstall DriverMax, it simply would not go away. It kept coming back with little reminders to reinstall it.
I Googled this program to find how to uninstall it. I found MULTIPLE references describing DriverMax more like MALWARE than helpful software.
But my BIG question is: why does the Download Editors' Rating give this questionable software 4.5 STARS?!!
Listed my gamer mouse 3 times for exact same update that I already had. Clicked on one update as a test. It was video related but have never heard of before (that is very bad). Blue screen of death, restarted to new blue screen of death. Win 7 auto recover took over and restored old reg. values. Have not seen anything this bad in about 10 years
I signed up with them for one month. Three months later they automatically renewed me and started charging my credit card 9.90 per month. (So there was some option somewhere that I didn't see for an automatic renewal scam on their web site. I didn't notice the charges till 10 months later.
Call me stupid for not checking every charge on my credit card for ten months. But they prey on stupid people like me, by automatically checking off an automatic renewal option when you sign up. And the Credid card company would not contest the charges. I won't even bother to explain why...
Hello! I am deeply sorry to hear about this. When purchasing you opted for the auto-renewal option; after purchasing you can deactivate the automatic renewal at any time from your user account. More than this, you got two emails before each automatic renewal - asking you if you want to cancel.
This is why your credit card company will not contest the charge. Please contact us in January, mention that you got a reply on CNet from Daniel (Innovative Solutions) and WE WILL REFUND YOU.
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