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Unknown Device Identifier for Windows

By HuntersoftFreeUser Rating

Key Details of Unknown Device Identifier

  • Identify unknown devices in your system and search for eligible drivers.
  • Last updated on 6/27/2016
  • There have been 8 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

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.

What's new in version 9.01

Version 9.01 now supports Windows 10.

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
June 27, 2016
Latest update
June 27, 2016
Version
9.01
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Windows
Operating System
Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server, Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 7, Windows NT, Windows 8, Windows 98, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements
None
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
252,136
Downloads Last Week
9

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User Reviews

2.3/5

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Developer's Description

Identify unknown devices in your system and search for eligible drivers.
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.