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SlimDrivers

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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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    • 2 star: 69
    • 1 star: 134
  • Current version:

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple to use."

    February 11, 2013  |   By mrmikeh

    Version: SlimDrivers 2.2.27042

    Pros

    Quick and easy

    Cons

    Doesn't check all drivers

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  • 4.0 stars

    "SlimDriversFree"

    February 11, 2013  |   By render1

    Version: SlimDrivers 2.2.27042

    Pros

    Works great. Easiest driver update program I've ever used.
    Makes setting up a new PC a snap.

    Cons

    None so far

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It really does work!!"

    February 11, 2013  |   By aliceof74

    Version: SlimDrivers 2.2.27042

    Pros

    Fast scan and gets good results, easy to use but at the same time gives you lots of different ways to Update your drivers.

    Cons

    Takes time to install all of the drivers.

    Summary

    It does what it says it will do and no surprises You always seem to get with any free software. If I can in the future I will positively upgrade to the pro version of this software!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really helps sorting out old drivers"

    February 11, 2013  |   By bkernst

    Version: SlimDrivers 2.2.27042

    Pros

    Really easy to use and the interface does not require an expert to understand. The application also does restore points by default, but that can be disabled. There is a drivers backup feature provided as well.

    Cons

    Free version does not have full automatic updating, but that is not a major issue. The application window sometimes ends up on top of the installer window and then it is not always obvious that some button on the installer window has to be clicked.

    Summary

    Has not failed me yet and I have been using this application for more than one year. SlimDrivers helped me hunt down those drivers that were installed with the hardware and turned out to be six years old. The colour indicator really helped and now I know at least what specific drivers I actually have to use for the onboard devices. Restore points help, but I never yet had to actually restore a driver to a previous version.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Free, fast and easy"

    February 11, 2013  |   By 500vrs

    Version: SlimDrivers 2.2.27042

    Pros

    My computer has not stopped working or crashed or freezed.

    Cons

    I cannot be sure of authenticity of drivers.

    Summary

    Excellent provided it is free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Not pretty to look at, but great job!"

    February 11, 2013  |   By thecontinental--2008

    Version: SlimDrivers 2.2.27042

    Pros

    Extremely accurate in discovering outdated drivers.
    Extremely accurate installing the correct driver updates.
    Does the driver download AND installation--no need to visit horrible driver sites like Intel and Asus.

    Cons

    Interface looks like puke.
    Interface not resizable.
    Advertisement while you wait for drivers to download/install.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Scan was fast, updates were done quickly for free."

    February 11, 2013  |   By erikmm

    Version: SlimDrivers 2.2.27042

    Pros

    Free, Fast and updated a dozen outdated drivers on both my Windows 7 and Windows 8 PC & laptop ithout any problems.

    Cons

    After updating 2 PCs and my laptop - I have seen no problems.

    Summary

    Fantastic, free and fast!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works well overall"

    February 11, 2013  |   By HoosierHillbilly

    Version: SlimDrivers 2.2.27042

    Pros

    You can turn off an option so that it does not start with windows

    Cons

    None found thus far

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant - if only all software were the same."

    February 11, 2013  |   By Larboulois

    Version: SlimDrivers 2.2.27042

    Pros

    I've just added again to a new computer and it installed easily. It's a doddle to set up and just ticks away in the background. I run AVG PC TuneUp as well (another good program though not free) and although AVG constantly reports registry issues etc. never once has it reported a problem with defragmentation.

    Cons

    None - and I've been running this program on different computers (all Windows 7) for over a year. It's gradually replaced my paid (by Ashampoo) Defrag 3, though this too is a good (low cost) program.

    Summary

    It's free, it's brilliant, you shouldn't be without it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great program"

    February 11, 2013  |   By KNorton1009

    Version: SlimDrivers 2.2.27042

    Pros

    keeps all new an old drivers up to date whatever the operating system is

    Cons

    in the beginning of first use of this program it may take a while to update everything but catches up quick

    Summary

    I really like this program as there are many things I have to remember already and this is set to automatically do it for me Yeah!!!!!!

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