Unknown Device Identifier

Unknown Device Identifier

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.4
out of 17 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.2
  • Total Downloads:
    189,650
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 16, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.14MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    721
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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When you install or reinstall hardware, peripherals, and even software, Windows sometimes doesn't recognize the changes. Huntersoft's Unknown Device Identifier is a free tool that scans your PC to identify any devices that Windows doesn't recognize. It can also find and install drivers for devices.

As luck would have it, one of our test PCs had some recent upgrades that left it unable to recognize a digital camera's driver--just the sort of job for Unknown Device Driver. The program started scanning our system as soon as we opened it, displaying the results in a list view. Each individual entry's tree view expanded to show the device's driver as well as Details including its PnP ID, Vendor, and Chip Vendor, where applicable. We scrolled down to the appropriate entry and expanded its view. Right-clicking the Vendor line opened a menu listing Find Driver, Contact Vendor, Save to File, Send to Printer, and Backup Driver. Clicking Find Driver opened a Google search. We found an updated driver and installed it, resolving the system error. The program offers few options beyond language choices, updates, and the capability to save or print the list or individual entries. The Backup Drivers feature actually links to downloads of additional software (not freeware). Many users may prefer a different solution for backing up their drivers, and in any case we prefer frequent, fresh, and full system backups.

When you see those little yellow exclamation marks in the Device Manager, you can try to resolve the issue using the standard Windows driver update tool, but many times that won't work; if Windows had the right driver on hand, it would install it instead of flagging the error. Unknown Device Identifier doesn't really do anything you can't do in Windows anyway; it just makes it easier. Its chief value is in providing a fast, easy-to-use, centralized driver information center.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"crap linking to more crap"

September 14, 2012  |  By glitch242

 |  Version: Unknown Device Identifier 8.0

Pros

have not found 1

Cons

1,000 characters is not enough

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1 stars

"Adware, junk software"

September 02, 2012  |  By Daniel_Wilianto

 |  Version: Unknown Device Identifier 8.0

Pros

At least it shows all hardware in my PC, even those which don't appear on window's device manager.

Cons

Two words : NOT WORKING. Press 'find driver' button, and it will bring you to google's front page. Implicitly saying, "Oh dear, does yourself a favor, won't you." Press 'contact vendor' button, and it will perform a google search on the word "Website". What a joke! Press 'close' button, it will ask whether you want to backup your driver or not, answer 'yes', and it will advertise it's product for $25. What the hell! It also various method to direct you to buy their various products ranging from $20 to $50.

Summary

Two words : troll software. Seeing how high the CNET's editor ranking is. I suspect that this software actually worked fine in the older version, in order to rule people in. Now that it has gotten good ranking. They changed it to adware. Unforgivable! That's the main reason I add this review. To strengthen the testimony of previous people.

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2 stars

"seems very incomplete"

August 02, 2012  |  By stealthdl

 |  Version: Unknown Device Identifier 8.0

Pros

quick to uninstall

Cons

upon selecting "find driver" i am directed to google. simply. Google. no specific device name/code entered into the search it literally just refers me to the google search engine. basically saying screw you, do it yourself. upon selecting contact vendor it actually DOES put something into google search. but dont hold your breath. wait for it...it searchs (LITERALLY) "Website"

Summary

I honestly think this program was created as an elaborate troll. In which case, please don't feed it.. if you know what i mean ;)

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2 stars

"Mainly a sales vehicle"

February 29, 2012  |  By johninc

 |  Version: Unknown Device Identifier 8.0

Pros

It does detect devices and drivers.

Cons

It did nothing about unknown devices other than detect them, same as I could do through Control Panel. It tries to get you to buy other HunterSoft software.

Summary

This does the same thing as Control Panel, except that with the click of a button it will "google" the maker's website. More annoying, it offers to back up your drivers and then takes you to the HunterSoft website so you can BUY their driver backup software, which makes this more of a sales tool than something of actual utility.

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2 stars

"No useful to find my two unknows devices"

February 26, 2012  |  By dabruna

 |  Version: Unknown Device Identifier 8.0

Pros

What pros ?

Cons

Very very long list of unuseful devices correct attached
and the two unknow NOT found !

Much much better Unknown Devices 1.4.20 Beta
http://majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=3908
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/Unknown-Devices.shtml

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1 stars

"Did not find my unidentified device."

December 01, 2011  |  By dcommando

 |  Version: Unknown Device Identifier 7.0

Pros

Simple to use.

Cons

Does not install automatically to hard to use.

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5 stars

"This program is an essential for any tech's toolkit"

September 26, 2011  |  By nsquid

 |  Version: Unknown Device Identifier 7.0

Pros

lists every device installed on your system and attempts to link you to appropriate drivers.

Cons

sometimes, the links don't work, at which point you can just google for the driver manually now that this program has informed you what it is.

Summary

I've used this program for years to help locate missing drivers as well as identify unknown components. It's proven especially helpful when taking older systems and upgrading them to windows 7... usually when the manufacturer's website does not list windows 7 as a compatible system, you can use this program to see if the component manufacturer made a windows 7 driver for your parts.

Furthermore, this program does not "take over" your "enternet" or anything of the like...

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1 stars

"RIPP OFF ALERT"

May 22, 2011  |  By bedwine

 |  Version: Unknown Device Identifier 7.0

Pros

None none none and none

Cons

This reconfigures your entire browsing system so they can take over your browser. It installs a search engine on my computer. It did nothing to fix the "unkonwn device error on my system.

Summary

Total junk software. The only thing this is is an advertisment scam to sell your their useless software. CNET should be ashamed to have this on thier website. It looks like CNET sold out to sell junk over the enternet. CNET is no longer a reliable source for information of any kind.

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1 stars

"Not yet tested"

December 13, 2010  |  By expat1998

 |  Version: Unknown Device Identifier 7.0

Pros

Not yet tested

Cons

Not yet tested

Summary

Not yet tested

Updated on Dec 13, 2010

Not so good

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1 stars

"Did not work. I deleted it after 4 trys."

November 14, 2010  |  By rdw551

 |  Version: Unknown Device Identifier 7.0

Pros

None that I can see

Cons

Did not work. At least for me.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.2
Version 8.02 now supports Windows 9 64-bit and Windows 9 64-bit.
General
Publisher Huntersoft
Publisher web site http://www.zhangduo.com
Release Date September 05, 2014
Date Added September 16, 2014
Version 8.2
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.14MB
File Name UnknownDeviceIdentifier.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 189,650
Downloads Last Week 721
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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