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.
Identify unknown devices not recognized by Windows in your system especially after you reinstall your system and cannot figure out what all those yellow question mark labeled devices really are. Help you search for workable drivers on the Internet and contact hardware manufacturer or vender directly. Driver backup is optional after you have all your device drivers installed. USB 3.1/3.0/2.0/1.1 Device, IEEE 1394 Device, ISA Plug and Play Device, AGP Bus Device and PCI, PCI-E, eSATA devices can all be identified quickly and easily. Device driver backup is optional. English and French interface.
At least it shows all hardware in my PC, even those which don't appear on window's device manager.
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.
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.
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"
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 ;)
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.
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.
lists every device installed on your system and attempts to link you to appropriate drivers.
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.
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...
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.
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.