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SlimDrivers Free

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Driver updates? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," describes how many users feel about updating their system's drivers, but these important bits of software tell your PC's components what to do, and it's wise, sometimes critical, to update them regularly. SlimDrivers Free is a simple tool that uses cloud-based scans to identify, download, and help you install driver updates for your system. It creates a personal profile that remembers your drivers and downloads the right ones automatically when you scan your system.

SlimDrivers Free's simple, colorful interface advised us to begin by scanning our system, so we did. The process involves two steps, scanning for updates and reviewing the findings. SlimDrivers found two updates, which doesn't sound like much, but we keep our test system up-to-date. We selected the first update for downloading and chose to ignore the other for the time being. SlimDrivers not only downloaded the update but also unzipped and started it. Better still, it created a restore point and backup so that we could easily roll back any changes it made.

The update wizard is the same one we'd have downloaded had we visited the vendor's site. We needed to click OK now and then to complete the update process, but in no time we'd downloaded and installed both updates. Scanning again showed that our system was up-to-date with no more updates available. Running Windows Update found nothing SlimDrivers had missed. From the program's toolbar we could uninstall drivers, restore changes, back up our drivers, submit drivers for checking, and access the options, including scheduling automatic update scans and viewing the log files. Product support includes an online forum.

Updated drivers help keep your system running safely and smoothly. SlimDrivers Free certainly helps simplify what can be a complex, piecemeal process that some people find intimidating. Every driver's update process is different, and you'll need to pay attention during the process to click OK and allow the update to proceed at various points. Some updates may require a reboot, too. But if you simply follow each update's instructions, you'll be fine, with SlimDrivers Free's help.

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    out of 3,003 votes

    • 5 star: 2038
    • 4 star: 656
    • 3 star: 106
    • 2 star: 69
    • 1 star: 134
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 43 votes

    • 5 star: 27
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Blue screen on first usage"

    February 25, 2014  |   By greybeard33

    Version: SlimDrivers Free 2.2.20441

    Pros

    Looks good but ...

    Cons

    Risky to use. Internet search shows others have similar problems.

    Summary

    I intend to delete the program from my system.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is a must have, best way to update your computer"

    June 22, 2012  |   By pnt7152

    Version: SlimDrivers Free 2.2.20441

    Pros

    reliable, and easy to use, it does all the work for you

    Cons

    I have no cons

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  • 4.0 stars

    "excelente me gusto mucho"

    June 21, 2012  |   By dr_luis

    Version: SlimDrivers Free 2.2.20441

    Pros

    excelente me gusto mucho

    Cons

    excelente me gusto mucho

    Summary

    excelente me gusto mucho

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wonderful, all problems are solucitioned."

    June 20, 2012  |   By Xerxes_Tosta

    Version: SlimDrivers Free 2.2.20441

    Pros

    Fast, easy, clearing.

    Cons

    Very goog, no bad.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This software is a must be when it comes to updates."

    June 20, 2012  |   By Ushalldye

    Version: SlimDrivers Free 2.2.20441

    Pros

    It literally has every driver found when you hook or have connected to you p.c. It Finds Boost Mobile and other phone Software, It updates software managers and it even has support for when you can't find a driver or if you having a problem doing something.

    Cons

    There has never been a con to this software in my opinion.

    Summary

    A Software that must be on every computer. It should even be made for certain Linux based operating systems.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I ran it and now get the blue screen of death!"

    June 17, 2012  |   By leviathanticus

    Version: SlimDrivers Free 2.2.20441

    Pros

    It found updates for drivers

    Cons

    I updated the 1st driver it found and after reboot I now get the blue screen of death!

    Summary

    BEWARE YOU MAY GET THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH AFTER USING THIS!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great program. Beats Windows' checker"

    June 13, 2012  |   By Drake_Master

    Version: SlimDrivers Free 2.2.20441

    Pros

    Fast scanning. Quickly found 5 outdated drivers (well, 21 if you count drivers in sets seperately)
    When manualy checking for updates using windows, it said those drivers were up to date. Also used intel's checker and it found no out-dated intel drivers (wheras this program found a set of 17 of them)
    Downloads and runs installers.
    Clean, user friendly interface.
    Easy backup and restore drivers to a location of your choice.
    Interrupted driver downloads automatically resumed.

    Cons

    Installer is download-and-install type, doesnt ask if and where to put shortcuts and launches browser after install.
    Program asks if you want to restart the computer after each driver update, and if you choose yes and restart the program it remembers what you haven't updated yet but you still need to rescan.
    Closes to tray.

    Summary

    Very good updating program that updates drivers that Windows itself can't find newer versions of. Quick, simple, safe.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "works like a charm"

    June 12, 2012  |   By vernor

    Version: SlimDrivers Free 2.2.20441

    Pros

    very easy to use

    Cons

    none that I could find

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  • 4.0 stars

    "slimdrivers is a great product"

    June 10, 2012  |   By bigfishtodd

    Version: SlimDrivers Free 2.2.20441

    Pros

    I v been workink with slimdivers for a while now and say it works well for me and is good for windows users dont forget there are aca other slime downloads out ther or to come great product.
    Todd Nordby

    Cons

    haven t really had ay snags yetand been building fr a hile with it .

    Summary

    all around good product and nly tobecom btter don foe to tryslimcleaner

    Updated on Jun 10, 2012

    Only flaw i v found is that the program dose not want close very easily. Any suggestions?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Never worked..."

    June 10, 2012  |   By PrashantGogoi

    Version: SlimDrivers Free 2.2.20441

    Pros

    Pleasant Interface

    Cons

    - Find incorrect drivers
    - Takes a long time to download

    Summary

    I have been using SlimCleaner and it is a fantastic utility but SlimDrivers just did not work for me.

    First of all, it correctly listed all the drivers for which updates were available. That, however, was the only thing that worked. Took me 15 minutes to download the Realtek NIC driver. When I installed, I found that it had actually downloaded the Belkin Motherboard driver! Still, I opened Device Manager hoping that maybe the driver was updated. It was still the same old driver. Tried it again with the same result. Next, I tried a IDE driver and this time it downloaded the ATI Display Driver! I thought maybe something was wrong on my system and restored one of my safe backups. Installed SlimDrivers and tried again sadly, without any success. Did not have the patience for another try...

    SlimCleaner is such a great utility that I was expecting the same with SlimDrivers. But unfortunately, it somehow did not work for me maybe due to some issue and I went back to good, old DriverMax.

    I have used DriverMax for some time and have found it to be extremely fast and dependable. I would advise users to use DriverMax until the SlimDriver guys clean up their act.

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