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Unknown Device Identifier

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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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Adware, junk software"

    September 2, 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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  • 2.0 stars

    "seems very incomplete"

    August 2, 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Did not find my unidentified device."

    December 1, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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