DriverMax

DriverMax

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 3081 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.31
  • Total Downloads:
    13,765,265
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 02, 2009
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Your computer system's drivers tell your hardware and software what to do. Without up-to-date drivers, your system won't perform to its full potential and might even experience problems. Obsolete drivers can sometimes even leave vulnerabilities and security holes that have been fixed in updates that you don't have, and why? Because updating drivers is a nuisance falling somewhere between an oil change and a dentist's appointment, that's why; and it's worse still if you're the sort of user who depends on a PC yet has no earthly idea what goes on inside the box (and like it that way, thank you very much). So, get DriverMax from Innovative Solutions. This free cloud-based tool helps you download and install up-to-date drivers practically painlessly. You'll need to create a free user account to make DriverMax work.

DriverMax scanned our PC during setup and displayed our drivers in a compact view, with up-to-date drivers marked in green and those with available updates in red. The scan found eight available updates. We simply had to click Download to get the drivers, select More Options to view an information box with links to other drivers and options, or click a Help icon to access related information. The drivers all come from a variety of sites and often download and install in different ways, too, so the ability to view other available drivers and documentation can make a big difference.

When you download a driver in the free version of DriverMax, a Web page opens with information and a download link. The Pro upgrade downloads drivers directly within the DriverMax interface, but we don't have a problem with an intermediate step since "slow, steady, and careful" (and plenty of info) add up to trouble-free upgrades and smooth sailing from then on. Of course, you can also use DriverMax as a guide for updating drivers individually using their own programs (where available). DriverMax also backs up and restores your drivers (backup = good). DriverMax proved superior to similar driver maintenance tools we've tried, with a quality look and feel; we recommend it for users of all skill levels.

 
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  • Current Version

    3.4

    out of 87 votes

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    • 4 star 33
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    • 2 star 8
    • 1 star 7
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3 stars

"Difficult to use"

January 12, 2010  |  By William Jacobs

 |  Version: DriverMax 5.31

Pros

Finds drivers you have that need updating.

Cons

Very difficult to finally DL the upgrade. There are many other programs that are faster and better. Cnet has one of its own.

Summary

I just don't want to take the time plus the free version only lets you download two files a day. Boo Hiss;

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5 stars

"no problems with software"

January 11, 2010  |  By rainbokat

 |  Version: DriverMax 5.31

Pros

will keep my drivers up to date

Cons

some problems with links to update drivers

Summary

pretty good software with all update to keep computer running properly

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2 stars

"suspiciously dodgy program"

January 10, 2010  |  By suhendo

 |  Version: DriverMax 5.31

Pros

It is possible to back up all your drivers eventually - but you are left wondering if you have improved matters or made them worse.

Cons

Tedious process being only allowed two drivers per day, the list of required drivers changes daily, some drivers are identical and refuse to install -difficult for a non technical person to be sure they have the correct driver - impossible to buy .

Summary

Have struggled mightily with this for over a week, apart from the one driver which is impossible to install - (I have downloaded it and installed it 4 times) My drivers are now up to date, although my mouse is now acting quite oddly with delayed reactions in dragging and dropping. it still appears on the out of date list. Far far too many hoops to jump through. impossible to buy the pro version - apparently Pay Pal is out of the question - Visa is impossible as it asks for a non - existent registration number right at the end.

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1 stars

"Looks to me as a "legal spyware""

January 09, 2010  |  By eritott

 |  Version: DriverMax 5.31

Pros

ok, it does something, but...

Cons

it downloads drivers that doesn't excist, acc. to manufacturer of the devise. e.g. for my Soundmax HD Audio it got a driver that totally upset my sound system. The latest version acc. to Soundmax is 5.10, drivermax came with v. 6.10

Summary

Secondly, there is no Pro version. Tried to buy it (foolishly) after a long and frustrating looping around on their page, I finally came to payment. Verified by Visa - ok - pressed the button "pay" - and I got up an almost blank page, with the message, that a cookie was missing. The money was charged, but no license. On their homepage there is nothing mentioned about a Pro version, you have to install the freeware first, and through their nagging screen, you get access to the so called Pro version. Then uninstalling the Drivermax is a pain. So as said earlier, looks to me as a "legal spyware".

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3 stars

"Came up with all my laptop's info."

January 06, 2010  |  By yakc130

 |  Version: DriverMax 5.31

Pros

There is a large variety of items to d/l.

Cons

It lists so many things that appear similar. I'm not sure which items to d/l.

Summary

Many of the downloadable items have the same information/titles. The only differences being that they are different sizes. Some of the reviews indicate that people who have donwloaded reccomended itemshad lots of trouble afterwards.

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2 stars

"Seems to have good potential, but VERY cumbersome"

January 05, 2010  |  By hgordon

 |  Version: DriverMax 5.31

Pros

Is able to locate many versions of drivers, and gives the user the opportunity of selecting the one desired

Cons

Download, using the free program, is VERY cumbersome. Instead of downloading the driver directly, an intermediate file is downloaded which controls the driver download in small pieces at a time, even on a fast internet connection.

Summary

Will have to try the program a little more, particularly backing up my current drivers. With only 2 driver downloads per day and very a cumbersome download procedure, this freeware is really crippled. It is clear they want the user's frustation level to drive then to the purchased version. I don't like that philosophy!

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3 stars

"Great Program -- Dreadful (DANGEROUS) Service"

January 04, 2010  |  By Darth_Buddha

 |  Version: DriverMax 5.31

Pros

The driver backup extremely convenient -- especially if you have to do a clean re-installation (see below)! I'd recommend using this for backups to anybody so long as you prevent the program from starting automatically with windows.

Cons

The associated web page which recommend "updated" drivers is dangerous. Of 4 machines, not 1 recommendation was confirmed by manufacturers' sites. Worse, 1 of the few drivers I DID try on an old machine was the clear the source of a root kit virus.

Summary

Use the backup function only - a handy function. Do NOT download drivers from their links. If their site identifies a "new" driver for your hardware, go to the manufacturer's site and double check. Usually the horse will tell you your current drivers are the latest. Trust the manufacturer -- not the Drivemax site.

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3 stars

"Finds most drivers which need updating."

January 04, 2010  |  By trakkal

 |  Version: DriverMax 5.31

Pros

Simple, easy to use and fast.

Cons

Misses some driver updates, and gets some wrong. It had trouble identifying some drivers for my Asus laptop.

Summary

Good, but not perfect.

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4 stars

"Bekvämt att slippa leta själv."

January 03, 2010  |  By kemafor

 |  Version: DriverMax 5.31

Pros

Bara trycka på en knapp så sköter DriverMax söker DriverMax sökningen efter senaste versionerna av mina drivrutiner.

Cons

Det tar ett tag för mig att förstå eftersom allt står på engelska.Är inte så hemma på detta språk,missuppfattar mycket.Vet inte alltid vad som syftas.

Summary

Jag är en relativt ny användare av produkten.Men min erfarenhet av den är bara positiv.Då jag blir mer rutinerad överväger jag faktiskt att köpa produkten.Det är bekvämt att bara trycka på en knapp så sköter DriverMax resten.

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4 stars

"I've used this for years and it works."

January 02, 2010  |  By pcresolver

 |  Version: DriverMax 5.31

Pros

It works - nothing else to say!

Cons

Doesn't handle installing multiple drivers very well but then this isn't always a good idea!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.31
Version 5.31 improves 64-bit compatibility and Windows 7 compatibility and increases download speed for all users.
General
Publisher Innovative Solutions
Publisher web site http://www.innovative-sol.com
Release Date October 02, 2009
Date Added October 02, 2009
Version 5.31
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Operating Systems & Updates
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.45MB
File Name drivermax_7_47_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 13,765,265
Downloads Last Week 35,899
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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