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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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    • 5 star: 1409
    • 4 star: 814
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    • 2 star: 160
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  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 9 votes

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

    "Decent but for the AVG HiJack"

    March 19, 2012  |   By Swissyjim

    Version: DriverMax 6.23

    Pros

    - So far it has updated all of the drivers correctly on 4 different systems
    - has found unidentified hardware correctly

    Cons

    The latest versions have AVG stuff installed WITHOUT permission. The screen for the install options for the AVG crap does NOT let me uncheck it - it starts installing before I click on the check boxes OR on the next button. TOTALLY unacceptable.

    Summary

    I am a pro user, I have found the previous versions beneficial, but with this addition of AVG search toolbar, homepage HIJACK, and the URL search by AVG I will not be renewing. If I could uncheck and NOT install this crap I would, but I never get the opportunity.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Questionable Results"

    March 18, 2012  |   By myriad1

    Version: DriverMax 6.23

    Pros

    It's great that Driver Max is free and easy to use.

    Cons

    Driver Max produces results that are often incorrect. For example, it often shows available updates for HP and Nvidia products that are wrong. This is disturbing because if it can't get these two major companies' driver correctly listed, then what sort of errors does Driver Max come up with lesser companies?

    It makes one wonder if it is too risky to use.

    Summary

    In short, Driver Max has such good potential but is really dropping the ball. I hope that another company comes forward with a better product to compete with them.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best free alternative!"

    March 15, 2012  |   By claresny1

    Version: DriverMax 6.23

    Pros

    If used at non busy times it's pretty fast. Check the stats. If a driver has only one star or one half - DON'T DOWNLOAD IT. The number of stars is pretty reliable.

    Cons

    None for DriverMax - I had one bad crash and that was because the driver had only a 1 star rating - I took a chance and lost!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Over stated needs."

    March 14, 2012  |   By wlph2

    Version: DriverMax 6.23

    Pros

    I have a couple of other paid for driver up daters and they report that I only need 1 or 2 updates while the trial version of DriverMax claims I need to update 14. I think this is done to encourage an uneeded purchase to overcome all the driver needs. I Have No Pro's for ths software

    Cons

    See above 'cause I think it is a poor investment.

    Summary

    Probable rip-off.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "OK if used carefully"

    March 14, 2012  |   By charles_cope

    Version: DriverMax 6.23

    Pros

    Collects a number of drivers and with some effort can be downloaded for free with a limit of two per day. You can see which is the latest driver and go to the manufacturer's website and download the driver more easily without any limit.

    Cons

    The free edition has limitations in that the drivers have to be installed manually. In fact this is an advantage as some of the drivers will crash your system so you don't really want them to be installed automatically. Installation includes some bloatware. Program stats up with windows and can use a lot of CPU resources. You have to use msconfig to stop it from starting automatically.

    Summary

    OK for a free program but use it carefully -- a lot of the drivers listed are wrong.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "just another 'bait & switch'"

    March 13, 2012  |   By kannuc

    Version: DriverMax 6.23

    Pros

    after downloading, tried the program and was told because I'm using the free version will have to wait for a less busy time as the paying customers come first - been down this road before ..

    Cons

    installed and removed within ten minutes - startlingly similar to my love life

    Summary

    there's much better out there

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Finds drivers without any problems."

    March 12, 2012  |   By Bobbo

    Version: DriverMax 6.23

    Pros

    Takes the hassle out of looking for updates for your drivers. Easy to install them, and back them up if needed.

    Cons

    None really, only had one failure in the last few years.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Mostly easy to use"

    March 12, 2012  |   By Geo Pateman

    Version: DriverMax 6.23

    Pros

    Keeps my computer up to date.
    free

    Cons

    Only two downloads a day

    Summary

    Like the program, dont like AVG. as my broswer

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Driver Max"

    March 12, 2012  |   By Trucky58

    Version: DriverMax 6.23

    Pros

    I prefer to have free download rather than paying every year or two years. Some drivers work well, but ....

    Cons

    I downloaded graphic driver which caused my computer crashed down and showed blue windows death. Some drivers failed to install on my computer. I don't want to install AVG software. I agree with others that Driver Max is failing.

    Summary

    Very unreliable. Based on my experience, will probably install incorrect drivers and could ruin your system.

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