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Driver update programs can be a great help in finding and updating Windows drivers. If you are missing your hardware’s installation CD, or don’t want to search the internet for hours to find drivers for unrecognized devices, a driver update program is the solution. But there are many driver update programs, so comparing and reviewing driver update programs will help in selecting the right one.
The results shown on the Driver Update Tool Review table below are based on test runs done on three different PCs. The test PC system specs are shown in the table below the review.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a device driver?

A device driver is a computer application that enables communication between your PC’s operating system and a hardware device. For example, if you need to print something, a printer driver is required to relay that Print command from your PC to your printer.

What is a driver update tool?

A driver update tool or driver scanner tool is software program whose main purpose is to ensure that your PC has the latest device drivers. The driver update software will scan your computer, detect all hardware and then update the drivers for the detected hardware devices.

What are the most important features I should look for in a driver update tool?

The first most important feature is the level of accuracy of its hardware detection technology. If the tool cannot scan your system’s hardware devices correctly, including the details of any existing drivers, then it will not pick up device drivers that need updating.
The second most important feature is the completeness of its driver database. If the tool has a small database of drivers then update recommendations will not be complete, or even invalid, and you will end up updating only a handful of your devices. Equally important is the support for all Windows versions. If your Windows version is not supported or a limited number of drivers is available for it, the driver update tool will not be of much help.
Side-By-Side Comparison
Driver Detective
Driver Detective
Driver Scanner
Driver Agent
Driver Agent
Overall Rating 98/100 95/100 93/100 89/100 81/100
Free Driver Scan
Feature Set
Ease of Use
Program Mgnt.
Feature Sets
Product DriverFinder Driver Detective DriverCure DriverScanner Driver Agent
Scan Summary
System Information 1 2
Backup and Restore 3 3
Ignore Devices
Show Driver Details
OS supported XP/Vista/W7/W8 XP/Vista/W7/W8 XP/Vista/W74 XP/Vista/W7/W8 XP/Vista/W7/W8
OS architecture 32-bit & 64-bit 32-bit & 64-bit 32-bit & 64-bit 32-bit & 64-bit 32-bit & 64-bit
Ease of Use
Product DriverFinder Driver Detective DriverCure DriverScanner Driver Agent
Windows Familiar GUI
Show Scan Progress
System Tray Icon
Local Help File
Online Support
Product DriverFinder Driver Detective DriverCure DriverScanner Driver Agent
Devices Detected 96 / 133 / 136 49 / 74 / 91 83 / 88 / 95 ?? / ?? / ?? 46 / 69 / 73
Download Speed
Individual Downloads
Unplugged Devices Scan
False Positives
Driver Updates Found 23 / 26 / 9 20 / 16 / 11 10 / 16 / 13 2 / 2 / 4 13 / 11 / 7
Program Management
Product DriverFinder Driver Detective DriverCure DriverScanner Driver Agent
Install and Uninstall
Memory Usage (TSR) 4 MB 8 MB 10 MB 38 MB 5 MB
Automated Update
Scheduled Scan
Price $29.95 $29.95 $29.97 $29.95 $29.95
PC license coverage 3 PCs 10 PC 1 PC 3 PCs 10 PCs
Software Trials
Product DriverFinder Driver Detective DriverCure DriverScanner Driver Agent
Download size 0.3 MB 1.9 MB5 3.2 MB 5.3 MB 0.9 MB6
Free Driver Scan
1 Only in registered version
2 Incomplete details
3 Creates System Restore Points
4 XP in 32-bit only
5 Requires Microsoft .NET Framework
6 Browser based ActiveX component

What are the BENEFITS of running a driver scanner tool on my PC?

Hardware manufacturers release new drivers all the time, so installation CDs/DVDs that came with your PC often do not contain the latest drivers. Manufacturer’s update the drivers to ensure that their products provide you with the best functionality and performance, and without problems. At any given time, however, your system is using dozens of devices. As such, using a driver update program provides you the following benefits:
  • Saves you time. It can take several hours to track down each and every driver for every single piece of hardware connected to your PC. A driver update tool accomplishes this in minutes.
  • Saves you money. There are driver sites out there from which you can get drivers on a ‘per download’ basis. Since your system will probably require hundreds of downloads in its lifetime, you will end up spending hundreds of dollars. In contrast, the number of drivers you can download using a driver update program is limitless.
  • Prevents you from incorrectly using the wrong driver. As Wikipedia notes, “Drivers are hardware-dependent and operating-system-specific.” This means that drivers (1) must be compatible to your PC’s operating system, and (2) be suited to your hardware’s brand and model. Driver update software already works on this basis so you’re assured that driver update recommendations are suited to your system and hardware.
  • No need to be tech-savvy. It takes a bit of PC knowledge to scan for drivers, download them, and install them properly. Driver update tools do all this for you.
  • Ensures all your hardware devices are performing at peak performance levels. Missing out on the latest driver releases means your PC and hardware devices are being cheated from bug fixes, performance improvements, and potential new features from the manufacturer. Driver update tools ensure this doesn’t happen to you.

The Three (3) Test PCs Used for this Review…

Test PC1 Test PC2 Test PC3
Processor Intel® Core™ Duo T5250 1.5GHz Intel® Core™ Duo T5600 1.83GHz Intel® Core™2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
Chipset Mobile Intel® GM965 Express Chipset Mobile Intel® 945PM Express Chipset Intel® G33 Express Chipset
Memory 2 GB DDR2 RAM at 667 MHz 1 GB DDR2 RAM at 667 MHz 4 GB DDR2 RAM at 800 Mhz
Video Card ATI® Mobility™ Radeon® HD 2400XT ATI® Mobility™ Radeon® X1450 NVidia® GeForce® 8600 GS
Audio Card Intel® 82801HB HD Audio (Realtek ALC268) Intel® 82801GB HD Audio (Realtek ALC660) Intel® 82801IB HD Audio (Realtek ALC888S)
Network Broadcom NetLink™ Gigabit Ethernet Realtek RTL8168B/8111B PCI-E GBE Controller Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) PCI-E GBE Controller
Wireless Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Lite-On 802.11 b/g/n Wireless PCI-E
OS Windows Vista® Home Premium (32-bit) SP2 Windows XP (32-bit) with SP3 Windows Vista® HOME Basic (64-bit) with SP2
Have you used any of these tools or maybe used yet another driver update tool? Share your experiences with us!

71 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barry Jackson  |  May 15th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Extremely helpful, to-the-point comparison.

  • 2. Johnny Mason  |  May 27th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Great article: helped a lot.

  • 3. Brenda Binde  |  May 29th, 2009 at 5:07 am

    I have a lisense number to download DriverCure. How do I do this using my lisense number that I received when I got RegCure.

  • 4. Andy  |  May 29th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    @Brenda Binde – DriverCure and RegCure are different products, I do not think you can use the RegCure key for DriverCure or the other way around. You can contact ParetoLogic and ask them about it of course.

    If you have a license key for DriverCure, you can simply enter it in the program (click Register in the top right hand corner of the application window), and click OK there.


  • 5. Gary Fluken  |  July 11th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Very helpful. I tried driveragent in the past but did not like it. Now i’ll try driver detective.

  • 6. Mindy  |  July 29th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    I heard driver detective didnt work. I was going to try driver cure. Does ANYONE know if this is a good product? I reunstilled windows xp and I am missing drivers and have some outdated. Can anyone HELP PLEASE!!!!
    Thanks Mindy

  • 7. Andy  |  July 29th, 2009 at 7:38 am

    @Mindy – It worked fine in our test. What did you hear exactly?
    Driver Detective and DriverAgent are the products that have been around for several years and probably have the largest driver database. But as a product Driver Detective is better, since DriverAgent is an ActiveX based implementation.

  • 8. Why Do You Need Updated D&hellip  |  July 30th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

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  • 9. Mindy  |  July 31st, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Thank you so much for your help!! I had heard the it would not put on the driver. For example someone ran it and it said they had 11 problems and after they run the fix problems it said they still had 11 problems. Another person said it would not work on there bulit computer and I am worried about that the most I also have a built computer. Do you know if this will be a problem. I JUST WANT SOUND!! I did run DriveDetective and it did find 10 problem and just wanted to know if its going to work before I buy the program.

  • 10. Mindy  |  July 31st, 2009 at 10:15 am

    P.S. Andy I just wanted to thank you for all your help. I have been trying to fix these for weeks and I have wrote person with no response. I was going CRAZY!! Thank you so much again!!!!

  • 11. Andy  |  July 31st, 2009 at 11:07 am

    @Mindy – Driver Detective does not install the drivers automatically, so after you download the drivers, you still need to install them from the download location. That is probably why the person got the same results when running the program again.
    I have also ran the program on several custom built computers and it runs just fine. As long as you run a supported Windows version there should be no problem.
    Lastly, all driver update programs in the review have a refund option, so you can always get you money back in case it does not work.

    I hope you get your sound working!

  • 12. Mindy  |  August 1st, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Driver Detective is THE GREAT PROGRAM EVER!!!! Thank you so much for your help!! Things on my computer that never worked are working now and most of all I HAVE SOUND :) It is so easy to use and the things I couldnt figure out I took the online tour and got them fix. Andy Thank you so much again for your help!!!

  • 13. Dave  |  August 6th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Just bought driver Cure and I found it a complete waste of money. The program found 22 outdated drivers but failed to replace any! I just got messages – ‘Incompatible’ but mostly ‘Driver failed to install properly’. I have now claimed refund.

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  • 15. Sandy  |  August 20th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    How much will all of this cost? Is the price of the drivers part of the $29.95. Initial scan indicated there were 20 outdated drivers.

    Could an outdated driver cause a problem I am having getting connected to

  • 16. Andy  |  August 21st, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    @Sandy – For all programs the cost is a one time fee, all drivers you download with the program after that are free of cost.

    Outdated drivers for network or modem devices can certainly cause connection problems. It depends on the type of problem/error though.

  • 17. Mr. Cunningham  |  August 26th, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I’m looking for an (elect) plug w/ resistors 7 such . The (ORGINAL) wall plug in has failed. C/0; hp scanjet 4470c – 1200 dpi / 48 bit color . ” H E L P ” . ( – :

  • 18. Andy  |  August 26th, 2009 at 5:58 am

    @Mr. Cunningham – I think you will only find that though HP itself, have you tried contacting HP support for it?
    HP even has a replacement part search online.

  • 19. Mario Chapdelaine  |  August 30th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I tried Driver Detective and Driver Cure and Driver Max (not tested here).

    They all give differents drivers to upgrade I mean:
    Detective tell me 17 drivers to change…
    Driver Cure tell me 8 drivers to change (not same drivers than Detective found)…
    Driver Max tell me 4 drivers to change (3 as Detective and 1 as Cure)

    That means what ??? These are just a way of having my money lol …

    What must i think of my 3 scan ???

    If they are so good, why results different from all of them ??

    Think about it.

    My computer = Laptop Acer 5920Gemstone Intel Vista x64 4 gig ram 256 video and so … A nice bomb in laptop

  • 20. Andy  |  August 31st, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    @Mario Chapdelaine – Good that your tried different programs, and thanks for sharing your results! But your experiences do not surprise me. That is exactly why we tested the most popular ones, and that is also why I emphasized that the quality is really depending on the completeness of the driver database.

    The times these products have been in the market varies, and I am sure their method of updating the driver database does as well. This all contributes to the variations you also saw.

    Having said that, DriverFinder is still the best in the market at the moment in our opinion.

    PS. Nice laptop :)

  • 21. Patrick J-P  |  September 4th, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Hi ! I recently had to re-install XPSP3 on my Dell E4300 laptop and of course the drivers had to be re-installed too using the Dell CD. Since I am not a geek and I am not really motivated into doing these things although I have to do it… I made some errors with the drivers installation order, I dont know if I loaded these in the correct location, etc… but at the end the whole thing worked but it was a boring job and a mess. Next I went to have a look at the Dell website to check if these drivers had not been updated since the E4300 even with 2.4GHz, 4Gb Ram, 250 Gb HD and all the other nice bells and whitles has got me mostly dissapointed. I think it is the worst Dell I ever had and it is ugly too. Anyway, there were 25 updated drivers. This evening I have tested Driver Checker, Driver Scanner and Driver Detective. The two first found that 2 drivers needed updating whilst Driver Detective found that 25 needed updating which is pretty impressive. Now, this does not resolve my problem or ignorance of how and where exactely these drivers should be installed within the HD whilst not generating clutter with the old drivers remaining there. It would also be interesting if the Dell applications & utilities were scanned in the same way. The best would be to have a scanner that would propose the whole correct installation sequence to the user, the user would confirm which drivers / applications / utilities he would like to update and let the software take over the whole job… Is anyone doing this ?

  • 22. james  |  September 13th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    what the best program for Windows 7

  • 23. Andy  |  September 15th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    @Patrick J-P – Driver Detective and Driver Checker actually include a check for outdated software now. Personally I think most programs do a great job in updating themselves, so I do not agree with incorporating this feature in driver update tools.
    But Driver Detective definitely has the most complete driver database at the moment.
    Regarding the old driver files, they are not deleted as it would not allow you to rollback in case of problems with a new driver.

  • 24. Andy  |  September 15th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    @james – We have not run a full test on Windows 7 yet, but I ran all 5 driver update tools on Windows 7 build 7100 just now. This was on a Acer Extensa 5620 laptop.
    DriverFinder found 23, Driver Detective found 22 out of date drivers, DriverCure found 10 out of date drivers, Driver Checker did not find any out of date drivers, DriverScanner also found no out of date drivers and DriverAgent found 11 out of date drivers.
    DriverFinder and Driver Detective prove to have the most complete driver database.
    The drivers that were flagged were at least the same for all programs, which is reassuring.

  • 25. Pat  |  September 27th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I read the reviews, customer comments and QandA’s and decided on Detective Driver which I purchased, followed instructions and scanned my computer. It found 25 outdated drivers. This sounds like a dumb question but I couldn’t find an “install” or “update” option to choose. Does that happen automatically?

  • 26. Andy  |  September 27th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    @Pat – Actually Driver Detective does not install the drivers for you. Once you download them, you need to install the drivers yourself.
    DriverScanner is the only tool that installs drivers from within the tool.

    The main reason for this is that most drivers come in a .zip file format. In order to install them, you need to extract the .zip file and execute the setup.exe or install.exe within it.

  • 27. sam  |  September 28th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Reviews say driver detective can be used on ten computers Is there additional fess? Are These programs on annual subscription? thanks

  • 28. sam  |  September 28th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    is there any free program?

  • 29. Andy  |  September 28th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    @sam – The Driver Detective license can be used on 10 PC’s without additional cost.
    All programs indeed have an annual renewal fee. Most do allow you to limit the cost of the annual renewal by getting a multi-year license at a discount.
    I am not aware of any free programs for this. You would need to manually search the manufacturer’s websites.

  • 30. Bob Thompson  |  October 3rd, 2009 at 4:24 am

    I bought Driver Detective and it seems to work fine. I did experience initial problems in understanding how to install certain drivers. DD does have a tutorial on their web site and it helped -I think. I’m almost 80 and the memory is regressing to a commadore 64 level.
    I also bought Registry Defense with high recommendations and have received no support whatsoever. They won’t refund etc.

    My Registry Defese is not the Ghost Security one who have helped guide me to the correct URL.

  • 31. Andy  |  October 3rd, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    @Bob Thompson – Driver installation is indeed the lacking part in most driver update tools.
    Glad to see you are still computing at your age! And the commodore 64 was probably one of the most successful home computers in its time.

    Regarding registry defense, I was actually not even familiar with it, RegCure and RegEasy are much more known and used. They do claim to have a 60 day refund though, so you should be able to get that if you bought in that period.

  • 32. Margaret  |  October 29th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Article very useful!

  • 33. Lynda  |  October 30th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Does Driver Detective have a basic free download to use since you feel it is better than ParetLogic DriverCure?

  • 34. Andy  |  October 31st, 2009 at 1:44 am

    @Lynda – All the tools can be downloaded and installed for free, but before actually downloading the drivers, a license needs to be purchased.

  • 35. Tanner  |  October 31st, 2009 at 7:21 am

    It says on the review that you can upload this software onto 10PCs, but in the user agreement it says 3PCs. Does anyone know why?

    Also, I just went to the order screen and it made me pay $40 instead of the $30 listed here..

  • 36. Andy  |  October 31st, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    @Tanner – You are right, they have changed there license terms and only allow 3 PCs now. I’ll update the details in the review, thanks.
    Regarding the order, you probably did not deselect the additional year of license support which is selected by default in the purchase screen. That is another $9.95.

  • 37. Don  |  November 14th, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Why is it most of these products won’t give the price or terms up front but want your name and email address first? I am very wary of any company that does business in that manner on the internet. I get way to much spam already!

  • 38. Andy  |  November 14th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    @Don – Well maybe way they want to protect their sales details from competitors and ask people for some personal details to make sure they are serious?
    But I agree with you, which is why these details (apart from the license agreement itself) are part of the review table.
    On the other hand, with anti-spam laws today, these companies really will remove you from their mailing list if you unsubscribe.

  • 39. dan tuman  |  November 24th, 2009 at 5:56 am

    I bought driver detective. It doesn’t work on windows 7 home premium 64 bit. It can’t be installed. Error message CLR error.80004005. program will not terminate. Help!

  • 40. Andy  |  November 24th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    @dan tuman – Driver Detective works fine on Window 7. Make sure you download the latest version though.
    Your error is most likely related to a .NET framework error. Try downloading and reinstalling the .NET framework 3.5.

    If it still does not work, you could try a different driver update tool. DriverFinder is a fairly new but very good tool as well, and Windows 7 compatible. I’m adding that to the review.

  • 41. PREDAIS  |  December 10th, 2009 at 7:18 am

    can you gice me the serial key for device detective…..i think i need to update my drivers my computer keep restarting saying drivers_irql_not_less_equal


  • 42. Andy  |  December 10th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    @PREDAIS – For a license key of driver detective you will need to register and purchase the software, I do not have any keys other than my personal copy used for the test.
    Regarding your error, yes in most cases that is a driver problem.

  • 43. Mike Millard  |  January 31st, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I talked my wife into purchasing the full Uniblue package to help revive sagging response times for her older Compaq. Driver Scanner appeared to update everything EXCEPT for a chipset update which it downloaded but could not install. Multiple attempts still leave the warning in place, and multiple “send error mss” to Uniblue failed to generate any response despite their “allow 2-days for a response message”. No apparent problems with other elements of thepackage, but opting for 30-day moneyback promise.

  • 44. Andy  |  February 2nd, 2010 at 3:20 am

    @Mike Millard – Thanks for sharing your experiences. I know that the Intel chipset drivers cause more problems with most driver tools.
    The lack of response is worse though, but Uniblue definitely does not belong to the top 3 at the moment! DriverFinder, DriverDetective and DriverRobot are the best driver update tools around.

  • 45. Lester Hugh Stenner  |  May 8th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I have Driver Detective installed on Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit, it works fine.

  • 46. Chris  |  August 18th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Wish I saw this review before I bough freaking DriverCure (which crashed my PC by the way!). Anyway, got my refund on Monday and proceedded to buy DriverFinder (YOUR recoomendation). First I thought I got scammed again because the scanning was slower but it actually did detect MORE devices and well, all I can say now is that I have sound back and my pc is faster so I’m a happy-camper.

    Btw, thanks for mentioning the Test PC’s you used! Mine’s close to your Test PC2.

  • 47. Fix Windows 7 Error Code &hellip  |  September 16th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

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  • 48. Joe Barber  |  November 18th, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Is there a program that detects and replaces outdated drivers?

  • 49. Andy  |  November 18th, 2010 at 7:16 am

    @Joe Barber – That is exactly what these tools do, they check installed hardware devices and current driver versions and then check if there are updated drivers available.

  • 50. Dan  |  November 19th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I Read #44 That the Intel chipset drivers cause more problems for most driver tools.

    Do motherboards have Drivers? If so, do any of these programs have problems with motherboard drivers?

  • 51. Andy  |  November 20th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    @Dan – Motherboards do have drivers yes, actually the Intel chipset drivers are also motherboard drivers. Others are nVidia nForce and VIA for example.
    The problems are caused by the fact that these manufacturers include the same versions of device drivers across their released driver versions. As a result the programs could suggest an older version of a driver based on the fact that one of the devices in the packages is still newer than the installed version.
    From what I have seen and tested all programs have this issue, it is in the way they handle it in their support that there are differences.

  • 52. Jesse Tepper  |  December 24th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you very much for the work you have done to provide us with objective data. It certainly facilitates decision making. Regarding Driver Finder, will it automatically install the drivers it finds or need that be done manually? If the latter, is it a simple matter of hitting a couple of keys, i.e. going along with the program’s recommendation or must one know something other than the basics to assign the drivers to optimal/correct locations?

  • 53. Andy  |  December 27th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    @Jesse Tepper – A lot of the drivers are installed automatically by Driver Finder, but some do need manually installation. In most cases even that is a simple extraction of files using WinZip or 7-Zip and then running a setup program.
    In rare cases drivers can be more difficult to install, but I personally have found there tech support to be quite responsive and helpful in those cases.

  • 54. Louis  |  February 28th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I recently uninstalled driver cure and when I turned my computer on the next day I got a yellow caution and it said that my application had a problem and that I should reinstall my application of driver cure. What should I do?

  • 55. Andy  |  March 1st, 2011 at 1:01 am

    @Louis – All Pareto products, including driver cure, install a scheduled task to check and trigger notifications. Run the Windows task scheduler and see if there are any Pareto/driver cure entries. Just delete them.
    You can also manually delete the DriverCure folder in the Program Files folder to make sure everything is gone.

  • 56. Amy  |  March 5th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I definitely need to update drivers, however, three programs have failed to install on my computer. DriverMax, DriverWhiz, and DriverFinder all had various issues, either failed to install, or crashed, as DriverFinder did, upon attempting to open with virtual C++ runtime errors. Is there a preliminary fix for this? Or do I need a new computer? I have XP Home and do not have an installation disc.

  • 57. Andy  |  March 10th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    @Amy – I have actually run DriverFinder on many systems, including XP, Vista and Windows 7. In no case did I experience the error you got, but I do know that the VC++ runtime distributable is included with the program to prevent missing dependencies.
    Try running SFC /SCANNOW at the command prompt to check your Windows system files, and try manually installing the VC++ runtime distribution to see if that causes any problems.

  • 58. George  |  August 8th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Based upon your recommendation I purchased DriverFinder over the weekend and used it to scan my 6 days old HP 610 all in one desktop PC. The scan said I had 14 drivers out of date, so I downloaded all the new drivers and managed to install all except the driver for my Broadcom WLAN Adapter that had an OPEN button. When I clicked that button a large Windows Explorer page opened with 49 component items including 2 setup items and 2 install items. However, DriverFinder did not indicate which of the 49 items I should double click so I don’t know what I should do.

    However, what disturbed me more today was that when I ran DriverFinder again today, it said 9 drivers were out of date, ones that I had installed the previous evening – what gives with this software and why is it acting like this. Furthermore I now have the Bluetooth stack error back again after the driver was supposedly updated, but, I just get the error message DriverFinder does not list the Bluetooth driver as being out of date!!

  • 59. Andy  |  August 9th, 2011 at 2:37 am

    @George – New PC’s indeed often come with older drivers since they were installed during manufacturing. Regarding the installation problem with the Wireless LAN driver, I suggest you contact their support, because they are really fast and good.
    Unless I see the driver file I cannot comment on the installation details.
    Recurring driver updates can only happen if new versions are available, or if the install failed the previous time. The bluetooth stack error does not need to be the driver, that can also be the bluetooth stack itself, which is separate software.
    Again, please contact their support as that will help you best.

  • 60. shane  |  September 4th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Is driverFinder a life time product, well as least as long as the specific pc is in opperation? Would like to use this for clients pc’s. is there anyway i could get a unlimited version?

  • 61. Andy  |  September 4th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    @shane – I think none of the products are life time. DriverFinder is also a 1 year license, with an option to extend a year during the initial sale for a lower amount.
    I doubt they will give you a life time version, as there is a cost involved to keep the driver database up to date all the time.
    But you can always try and contact them and ask. The main website, has a support link that you can try.

  • 62. Fr. Tom Beasley  |  December 4th, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I downloaded the drivers but am unable to install because I do not have an Administrator or proxie. I am the only user on this computer.

  • 63. Mr. Reginald Chislett Sr. ( Reg )  |  March 22nd, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I have a Driver Update in my system…
    2 questions

    #1. In the simples terms: What does a Driver Update do?

    #2. How do I know which one I have in my system…It was already there…When I bought my Lap-Top…?


    REG SR.

  • 64. Andy  |  March 22nd, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    @Mr. Reginald Chislett Sr. – Let me try to answer your questions:

    #1 – A driver update is basically an updated version of the software that takes care of the communication between a hardware device and your operating system (Windows). A driver update can improve performance of the hardware device, or fix bugs, and improve the reliability, or lastly, it can add new features if the software is improved.

    #2 – Not sure I understand this question. The new computer will come with some drivers installed, so there will not be a driver update on the computer. Actually a lot of new computers have old drivers, because new versions were released since they came from the factory.

    Hope this helps! If not, please clarify your 2nd question.

  • 65. Jack  |  March 29th, 2015 at 4:42 am

    I have a pop up on my computer that is called “Driver Tool” and tells me that they have the latest driver updates for me. There is no company name attached to this so I don’t know if it is legitimate. How can I tell if they are legitimate?
    Also in reading some of your articles I noticed that “Drive Finder” is recommended and then in another article “Driverhound” is recommended. Is there a difference or a reason for recommending one over the other?

  • 66. Andy  |  March 30th, 2015 at 12:58 am

    @Jack – If a product is vague about it’s name or product ownership, there is definitely reason to not trust it. So I’d be carefull of the “Driver Tool” you mention.
    It should really be easy to check which company is behind a product, from the website, and by checking the digital code signing certificate used for the EXE file. From that you can check the EULA, and privacy policy to check if they are legit and can be trusted.

    This is partly the reason why DriverFinder ranks high. It all checks out, is a company and product that has been around for quite a few years, and their driver database is one of the best.
    I am not familiar with the Driverhound product that you mention. Can you give me the link where it is recommended?

  • 67. OSWALD ALLISON  |  November 11th, 2015 at 5:12 pm


  • 68. charles t robinson  |  March 29th, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Have an Epson printer thats 5 years old and wont copy or print something on my computer. Can print items scanned into my documents is all. Think my drivers are out of date. Which driver update tool would be recommended for this task?

  • 69. Andy  |  March 31st, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    @charles t robinson – Older drivers can certainly be problematic on newer Windows versions, but actualy 5 years is not that old for this.
    Our recommendation from the review actually still holds true, I suggest you try DriverFinder.
    Even if you don’t get the driver listed, their tech support is great and should be able to help you get the printer working correctly.

  • 70. roderick  |  November 14th, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    i have just joined driver turner for seven days and then I was told that I would be automatically be charged twenty nine pounds if I continued at this stage I do not wish to continue and will advise you at a later date thankyou

  • 71. Andy  |  November 15th, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    @Roderick – I assume you mean drivertuner?
    We have no relationship with that program or its maker.
    But thank you for sharing your experience regarding their business practice of trialware with an automatic charge. This is why we prefer programs that simply allow you to test it without providing payment details, even if the program’s functionality is limited.

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