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DriverMax

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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:

    2.8 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 3.0 stars

    "It is a pretty good program"

    August 28, 2011  |   By wouwenaar35

    Version: DriverMax 5.93

    Pros

    It is easy to use

    Cons

    The free version is really slow.
    It downloaded a bad driver for APC (Drivermax paid Version)
    The paid version is too expensive to make mistakes

    Summary

    I would just as soon use System Mechanic and their version of driver update as part of the many things does

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it says"

    August 27, 2011  |   By vgraybeard

    Version: DriverMax 5.93

    Pros

    Scans; finds what you need; gives choices (I would recommend).

    Cons

    Free version is a bit awkward (but you get what you pay for).

    Summary

    I don't concider myself all that tech savvy and I was able to use it. Free version slow going if you are in a hurry and need a lot of drivers;
    but still good. My guess is that the full version would be great.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Free version worked for me, 2 per day x 3 days"

    August 24, 2011  |   By RecklessRon1

    Version: DriverMax 5.93

    Pros

    Found 7 drivers that needed to be updated and updated them, 2 per day, without any problems

    Cons

    Limit of 2 per day plus I had to sign up (free) and didn't expect that.

    Summary

    What can I say? I updated drivers for my VGA card, my monitor, my ethernet card, 2 audio drivers and a couple of others. The updates worked as promised, although I did need to let it run in the background for several hours longer than the 24 hour period to get it to download, which wasn't a problem. It didn't cause any grief and now my drivers are all updated. Note: I did get all my drivers from authorized sources and they all installed seemlessly.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It's like Malware - Ads pop up daily"

    August 16, 2011  |   By Jump

    Version: DriverMax 5.93

    Pros

    None....................

    Cons

    What a convoluted POS. Never got this to work correctly AND I had to register to get this program to work IN ADWARE Mode!!!

    Summary

    If you like advertising popping up every day trying to sell you a product - load this program.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Complicated pain- that's what you gert for free"

    August 10, 2011  |   By NEVEITT

    Version: DriverMax 5.93

    Pros

    Only one is getting to slowing download the outdated drivers.

    Cons

    Although the pro version looked pretty nice and simple, the free version was a pain in the ass. It said two-a-day but after a few days you were lucky to get one to download.

    Summary

    While most companies will give you a taste of what you can get with a trail version, Driver Max spits on you an says look at what you could get. I fill like Rodney Dangerfield "No respect!"

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Working at least."

    August 9, 2011  |   By uhada

    Version: DriverMax 5.93

    Pros

    I get the nice drivers which Windows 7 can't find

    Cons

    Ugly design and annoying advertise pup-ops once a week.
    Every driver download is happening manually and so slow in this free version.

    Summary

    The application does what it's supposed to, but it does it slowly and clumsy.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "A good program but with errors"

    August 4, 2011  |   By 12dave34

    Version: DriverMax 5.93

    Pros

    downloads updated drivers fine and states they are installed. 95% true

    Cons

    although it states the update drivers have been installed, no changes have been made and old drivers are still there

    Summary

    Reasonable program

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the only driver updater to use"

    August 4, 2011  |   By fatmat8

    Version: DriverMax 5.93

    Pros

    one stop shop for updating all your drivers

    Cons

    none at all

    Summary

    really is the best driver updating program

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  • 4.0 stars

    "The paid version is an excellent product"

    August 3, 2011  |   By DACrouch

    Version: DriverMax 5.93

    Pros

    This product does as well as I expected.

    Cons

    No significant negatives.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "DriverMax does what it claims. I'm happy!"

    August 2, 2011  |   By Skydiver01

    Version: DriverMax 5.93

    Pros

    There's a robust community with DriverMax. DriverMax and the community help to ensure you use up to date drivers and drivers that work properly.

    Cons

    None I've seen so far.

    Summary

    I'm very happy with DriverMax. So far, it does what is claimed of it. It is very informative and seems to be thorough.

    I purchased the DriverMax PRO version and I feel I'm getting my monies-worth from it.

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