Driver Booster Free

One-click updating tool for hardware with missing or outdated software

7.2

550 Votes

  • Category Maintenance
  • License Free
  • Version 4.2
  • Size 15.21 MB
  • Works under Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Language English
  • Program by IObit Information Technology

Driver Booster Free is a free tool that ensures your device drivers stay up to date.

Device drivers are computer programs that control hardware behavior and ensure proper communication between a component and the operating system. Most drivers tend to be updated on a regular basis, and one of the most common problem areas in a Windows environment is an outdated driver suddenly causing conflicts because the OS has updated.

Driver Booster Free is a program that you can use to ensure that those kind of driver conflicts don’t happen. When activated, the application scans all drivers installed on your system and compares each one against a database to determine if you’re using the newest version. If you’re not using the newest version, then Driver Booster Free can download the newer version and install it on your behalf.

The entire process is extremely simple and fast. You can operate Driver Booster Free manually, but you can also set it to scan your system automatically on a schedule. Of course, one of the great concerns when updating drivers is the possibility of incompatibility, which can lead to a host of Windows problems, and this risk is certainly amplified when using an automated process. To account for this, the program integrates with Windows Restore and automatically creates a restore point before installing a new driver. If a problem does occur, you can use the program to revert to that restore point.

The biggest issue with Driver Booster Free is its lack of reporting. If it finds an outdated driver and updates it, it will let you know that but little else. It really should provide information about the newly installed driver, but if you want that information, you’ll have to go hunt it down yourself. The other thing to consider is that this kind of functionality by a third-party app is becoming less useful as Windows and the software provided by the hardware manufacturers become more sophisticated. Most video cards, for instance, will let you know when a new version of the device driver is available.

Pros

  • Fast and easy driver updates
  • Manual or scheduled operation
  • Integrates Windows Restore

Cons

  • Lacks ideal reporting behavior
  • Functionality less useful as Windows matures
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