DriverMax

DriverMax

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 3083 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.11
  • Total Downloads:
    13,765,265
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 19, 2011
  • 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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.5

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 1
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    • 1 star 5
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    out of 3083 votes

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    • 4 star 838
    • 3 star 274
    • 2 star 161
    • 1 star 322
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2 stars

"does not exclude the harmful drivers"

January 03, 2012  |  By lahavyanai

 |  Version: DriverMax 6.11

Pros

Professional software.

Cons

The last graphics driver I downloaded using the software destroyed the windows boot.

Summary

After what happened I'm updating from computer company site.
Part from Intel site and Some drivers with advanced systen optimizer 3 .

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1 stars

"Inaccurate Scan of System Devices = Wrong Drivers"

December 31, 2011  |  By TRIPLEJAY

 |  Version: DriverMax 6.11

Pros

Easiest, fastest way I know to download the wrong drivers.

Cons

Gave me list of 38 drivers in need of updating. Really? I downloaded the first four, all for known devices on my system. At install, 2 of first 3 showed up as oddball no-name drivers from companies other than the original hardware manufaturer ('unibrain' for my Intel DHCI Controller?! - 'Motionjoy' for my Asus Bluetooth?!) and the third driver was actually from AMD for my AMD graphics card. Unfortunately, IT WAS THE WRONG DRIVER and both of my monitors went haywire and became unreadable. All of my desktop icons, the taskbar, even the Drivermax windows were washed out in a hyper-colored photo negative with no print - just ghost boxes. I couldn't read the start menu or the Task Manager to do a restart or any of the text in System Restore and was forced to do a hard shutdown. Same issue on restart, so after a second hard shutdown I rebooted in safe mode and then did a system restore to the point BEFORE I installed the miserable Drivermax program.

Summary

I had checked the rating for Drivermax on Cnet before downloading it, but I failed to note the date of the review -- it was in 2008.
Had I read further and checked out the recent user reviews I would have known better. Once upon a time this may have been a good program - but it sure isn't now.

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4 stars

"overall a good program"

December 29, 2011  |  By brokerer

 |  Version: DriverMax 6.11

Pros

98% of the time works perfect

Cons

2% of the time it wants to install an older driver ?

Summary

It just needs some tweaking.

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1 stars

"it almost made my computer crash!!"

December 29, 2011  |  By harlequin0000

 |  Version: DriverMax 6.11

Pros

i cant think of any

Cons

i wont be using it there has to be something better out there

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2 stars

"Deceptive list of not really obsolete drivers"

December 25, 2011  |  By graeme-willard

 |  Version: DriverMax 6.11

Pros

Version 5.86 functionality may be restored at a later date

Cons

Installed driver version not shown in either 6.1 or 6.11 while in general DriverMax cannot distinguish between a date change and a true version change. Version 5.86 far superior but no longer functional.

Summary

Wait for a new version.

Updated on Jan 2, 2012

Does not see real updates and fails to show installed version.

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2 stars

"Lots of False Alarms"

December 24, 2011  |  By mitchflorida

 |  Version: DriverMax 6.11

Pros

I can't think of any.

Cons

lots of errors in terms of bad updates that can goof up your computer

Summary

I like Slim Drivers better. Less errors and less game playing in terms of trying to upsell you to their paid version.

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1 stars

"Drivermax killed my computer mice"

December 23, 2011  |  By VintageVirago

 |  Version: DriverMax 6.11

Pros

Easy to install.
Easy to run.

Cons

Installs drivers you don't need for hardware you don't have.
Rollback of drivers does not restore your computer.
No contact from tech support.

Summary

On an XP system I bought and ran this program. It told me I needed 33 drivers. I started with the first five after making a backup of all my drivers as recommended. Two of the five failed to install. One made my computer search for hardware I don't own. The last two were mice drivers and killed my mouse. I attached a second mouse and rolled back the first of the two mouse drivers. Now my computer doesn't like any mice. Waiting for the expensive repairman to get me out of this fix. Never heard from Drivermax tech support.

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5 stars

"Works for me"

December 21, 2011  |  By 81Supreme

 |  Version: DriverMax 6.11

Pros

Downloads and updates drivers very fast. Got a 14 fps improvement in Batman - Arkham City and enabled 7.1 surround sound simply because I updated the drivers using DriverMax!

Cons

I have no idea about cons. It works perfectly.

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1 stars

"Limited Functionality (non-free)"

December 21, 2011  |  By Joker737

 |  Version: DriverMax 6.11

Pros

Free license is fake. Any pros ignored.

Cons

1. Limited 2 driver updates per day.
2. Download approx 30 seconds delay on website before downloading.
3. No automatic downloads.

Summary

Not worth the effort.

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3 stars

"Updtes wrong software from time to time."

December 20, 2011  |  By spanner127

 |  Version: DriverMax 6.11

Pros

When it does the right thing it is good.

Cons

When it does the wrong thing it is bad,

Summary

I will not use it as it has now crashed or locked my system 3 times.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.11
Version 6.11 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Innovative Solutions
Publisher web site http://www.innovative-sol.com
Release Date December 19, 2011
Date Added December 19, 2011
Version 6.11
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Operating Systems & Updates
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows
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
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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