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Giveaway of the day — Driver Booster PRO 1.0

Driver Booster PRO can automatically figure out outdated drives, download and install the new ones.
$28.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 643 (56%) 496 (44%) 58 comments

Driver Booster PRO 1.0 was available as a giveaway on October 18, 2013!

Today Giveaway of the Day
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Outdated drivers may heavily affect your PC performance and may ruin game experience, or even lead to system crashes. Driver Booster is designed to automatically figure out outdated drives, and download and install the most correct drivers for different PCs. All you need to do is just one click.

What’s more, it's an essential tool for gamers. Driver Booster provides a much easier way to tweak drivers for the best gaming experience.

Please note that GOTD version includes 6-month subscription.

System Requirements:

Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista и XP; 300 MHz processor or faster; 256 MB of RAM; 30 MB of free hard disk space

Publisher:

IObit.COM

Homepage:

http://www.iobit.com/driver-booster-pro.php

File Size:

17.4 MB

Price:

$28.95

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for TM - you have a partial or corrupt driver installation preventing startup, insert your XP disc and bootup, then do a repair install

Reply   |   Comment by JGF  –  2 years ago
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Installed on my Windows XP machine OK. Ran the software and it found 8 drivers were out of date. I chose the first one only and updated. It set up a restore point first and started the update. Part of the way through, my screen froze and I was finally forced to make a hard stop.

On restarting the machine, I get nothing but a black screen. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by TM  –  2 years ago
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The one thing people need to realize when updating their drivers is that OEM manufacturers often customize specific hardware to their parts they use in their systems. While the parts may be based off the big brand names for GPU's or sound cards, using off site drivers other when what the system builder includes on their computer can cause instability because they did not test them.

Then again, people think of this as a scare tactic and do it anyways. They take a gamble when it comes to PC performance. If only there was something in place in the product that would give a confidence rating to each component when updated so people could have a guided choice when it comes to updating the drivers.

Product is not bad, just lacks information that make people have a hard time understanding the true meaning of the product.

Reply   |   Comment by Jason Carver (Little Bears World Of Freebies)  –  2 years ago
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if giovanoi says nope, is a no-no for me, thanks gi

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago
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#45... you know GiveawayoftheDay has nothing to do with the ad you are seeing. The ad is tailored around the site that your computer has been to.

Reply   |   Comment by UTP  –  2 years ago
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First off, if you just surf the net on your computer and looking at photos, then yes your drivers that are currently on your computer should be fine even though new ones have been released(except internet browser,flash player,java,etc,etc...). On the other hand if you use it to Game with, reformat movies or music, then you do need to update your drivers. Here's a real life example. When the game Batman Arkham Asylum was released They didn't have The most current graphics drivers on the game cd. You had to go to Nvidia and download the PhysX drivers that were released on the very same day of the game release. No one knew that, so everyone was flipping out about why this new game could not run on anyone's computer. Real life reason why this is a good program. I've tried to update my chipset drivers from Intel over and over. The installation would end up freezing up or closing without the updated drivers. This program found it installed it and asked to reboot my computer in less time than it took me just trying to find the driver on the Intel driver download site. In installed it without any problems. Something Intel's update couldn't do. Any time you update hardware you must update all the software that it will effect. people's biggest problem with updating drivers are they don't D/L the right ones for there (version of the hardware)ones, and gives them a hardware/software conflict=Bluescreen, or not having ever uninstalled older versions. Which can corrupt the newer drivers. I would trust a program that only finds a few drivers needing updates to one that says all your drivers need to be updated. Since there are so many different versions of the same hardware, a driver updater can probably find newer versions out there but it might not go to your version of hardware. Funny thing is that the ones stating that this program isn't doing its job are the ones with links to other driver updating software. Personally, I trust IOBit. All there software so far has been great. Not one issue or problem has been caused by there software on my computer. This program let me pick what hardware i wanted to get updates for. Plus its FREE!! ...looking a gift horse in the mouth.

Reply   |   Comment by Norman Albert  –  2 years ago
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Don't bother with any paid program. I am currently using SlimDrivers, free of charge and very reliable. Just make sure to use custom install to avoid installing third party addition software. https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php

Reply   |   Comment by Hakihoo.ca  –  2 years ago
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Would like to reiterate - the newest drivers are often not the best; as with anything related to computers, the most recent is often late beta and prone to bugs.

Also consider the age of your software. If it is two or three or five years old it may actually function better with older drivers than with the latest; this is especially true of games.

I thoroughly agree with the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" attitude. Only update drivers when there is a definite need for that update, not just because there exists a driver with a higher version number.

Reply   |   Comment by JGF  –  2 years ago
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If your computer is working properly do not use this software. Download it and install it for "someday". You wouldn't replace an engine in a brand new car so don't replace drivers that are working fine. This is an "In Case of Emergency Break Glass" program.

Reply   |   Comment by Keith Monson  –  2 years ago
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I am not going to install this program, the reason being that it's a subscription program that you have to pay for after 6 month. At least they could have given a full year subscription. But even a full year subscription is a deterrent for me. There is no need to make people pay every year for that kind of program - it is not an antivirus program.

Second, I do not appreciate the ad on the GOTD page about that "For men only - mature content (something like that). This is TOTALLY inappropriate for that kind of website. If GOTD turns into a site promoting "porn ads", I'm gonna be out of here.

Reply   |   Comment by Just me  –  2 years ago
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Downed it. Installed fine. I built my computer. It found 2 drivers (Sound & network). The software worked. It downloaded the drivers and installed them. I rebooted and just had to config my sound again (disable and enable hardware). Thumbs up from me. I checked the sites and it's the same version as the hardware sites are giving. Make sure you make a system restore and back up your computer as a safe measure.

Reply   |   Comment by UTP  –  2 years ago
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omg I JUST had failed driver installations and downloaded yesterday driver booster free and now HERE in all its' glory is the PRO!!! I am so freakin geeked!! thank you and I LOVE iObit. their unlocker is used by me several times a week and to uninstall, I NEVER use anything other than their uninstaller as it cleans up in the advanced mode powerful scan. You think programs don't leave stuff behind when you uninstall? get their uninstaller, all part of the iobit advanced system care6 which is free and has lots of modules, you will see how many reg entries, sometimes hundreds, left behind. cheers, Imma grab this baby.

Reply   |   Comment by Kathy  –  2 years ago
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Heartfelt thanks to Antikitira (Comment #4,) installed DriverBooster Pro found no drivers need updates, but DriverMAX found 17! 2 drivers can be updated daily using the Free Edition. If DriverBooster fails to find outdated drivers, it mars the image of IoBit. Is there a way to verify if the drivers are genuinely updated, or merely a graphic show of computing programming -- I wonder.

Reply   |   Comment by Hon Kong  –  2 years ago
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Great product!!! I have tried and tried to update a certain driver for over a year. Driver Booster fixed it! If only I had this product back then it would have saved me so much frustration and time. I had thirteen drivers out of date and three reboots later, every driver is now updated. I recommend this product whole heartedly. This is the first product I have felt compelled to leave a review on, that should tell you how pleased I am with it.

Reply   |   Comment by Kevin  –  2 years ago
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@GIOVANNI Like Fingerlakes Dave already said, what about AMD but ok here it is http://support.amd.com/en-us/download
and about the gamebooster... although named Razer gamebooster it is actually made by ....yes you guessed it... IOBIT

Reply   |   Comment by whizzy  –  2 years ago
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My computer crashed and I cant sort it out. Doesnt seem to recognize any of my devices (cd-rom, externals...) Someone can help please?

Reply   |   Comment by Andrea  –  2 years ago
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comp crashed after reboot, driver booster updated a driver, was curios why it was 154 Mb file, after sys restore, macaffey antivirus was installed, stay away from this 1

Reply   |   Comment by not happy  –  2 years ago
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At first this software doesn't appear to do too much but actually for anyone that's not a Windows PC expert it makes upgrading your drivers extremely easy.

At first this software doesn't appear to do very much. But that's pretty much the point of it.
It makes the process of upgrading your Windows PC Drivers extremely easy.
During my test I managed to upgrade the drivers for my graphics card, Ethernet card and sound card without any problems.

To see the entire first look video please see the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CXdyOF9j44

Reply   |   Comment by Computer Tutorials  –  2 years ago
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I will not blindly install the "latest" drivers on my computers just because a piece of software says they are "out-of-date".

Before I update a driver I check whether the target version is suitable for my particular configuration. Most reputable vendors have sufficient information on their websites about which version of their driver is certified and tested for a particular system configuration (e.g., computer vendor and model, installed component vendor and model, operating system, version of any related software, etc.).

I look at:

- Each available version of a driver;

- Whether or not the target version is certified and tested, for my system, by the vendor;

- Each version's system requirements (and whether or not my system meets those);

- Each version's compatability/conflict issues (and whether or not they apply to my system).

- Each version's capabilities (e.g., to decide between a 2D or a 3D version of the available updates for a graphics card driver)

I also test any affected component(s) after the install.

Now, if I should decide I want to partially automate my driver update process, I would require that update software to provide the same detailed information about the concerns listed above.

Only then, would I feel justified to make the decision as to which version, if any, to allow the update software to install.

Or, if I should decide I want to fully automate my driver update process, I would need to rely on that update software to be able to do my same research, with my same criteria, and my same analysis, before it makes a decision as to which version, if any, to install. I would also need it to be able to test any affected component(s), after the install was complete.

Unfortunately, the only place I expect I will be able to find such a piece of software is in the movies.

Note: most "wrong" driver problems do not manifest themselves as a BSOD or some other catastrophic error. In fact, most driver problems are not even "visible". They just negatively affect system performance, in one way or another, to varying degrees.

I do see one major benefit of the software offered today. Used as a research tool, it could greatly speed up the steps I use to search the web to find and access the available drivers. Then, I can just spend my time doing my analysis as to which version is the best fit.

Cheers

Reply   |   Comment by Johnnie Walker  –  2 years ago
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Sorry GAOTD and IObit but I do not rent software nor do I support companies that rent software. I think it's highly immoral.

Reply   |   Comment by glen  –  2 years ago
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Mike, good write up. From the security side of the farm, I totally agree with your "don't broke, don't fix it" statement. Too many people don't realize that when the oil light comes on, it's more than likely too late to avoid damage.
I did install this program and ran some tests.
This app found only 2 outdate drivers. One it refused to update (my audio driver. Told me to go get it from the manufacture) the other was my network interface driver. I just downloaded it instead of updating to see if the other programs picked up on it.
Slimdriver: Found 4 drivers (same as above plus my Bluetooth and my systems board driver (I have the DZ68DB mother board by Intel). I passed on the update option.
Ran the Intel driver checker (link from Giovanni’s input). It found ONLY 2 drivers. Sound and video (go figure). That pesky sound driver showed up in every scan. Even after I updated it (after all my scans), it still showed up (and yes, I rebooted LOL))
Last but not least, ran Driverupdate by Slimware utilies. It found 11. Most of what the others found and a bunch more that I know were updated.

So there you have it. Bottom line, you are right. No ONE scanner will get them all. Just like Volubility and Penetration testing. It’s a good idea to do more than one scan and one test. The ONLY drivers I ended up updating were my audio and network as stated. The rest I’ll do (video for example) from AMD’s website, Intels website, etc. I’ve always recommended people to run a Nessus Vulnerability Scanner after updates (from MS) and driver patches/updates will help you determine if you opened the door to hacks or if you have all your doors closed and locked. The driver may not always be the issue.

Win7 Ultimate 64, 16gb ram, Intel i7 2600k @3.4ghz, HD Radeon 7850/2gb. Machine is a Powerspec G180 from Microcenter which has been upgraded with a 480gb SSD/3tb data/2tb data/backup drive.

Reply   |   Comment by tc1uscg  –  2 years ago
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@Giovanni:

"the first thing to do in order to keep your PC in perfect shape is actually to update its INTEL drivers: ....
Most important, besides Intel drivers, are also the VIDEO drivers:...
www.geforce...."

I wonder what happened to AMD drivers? Motherboard and video! That a 50% miss in this section for this updating "program" ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Fingerlakes Dave  –  2 years ago
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I have this programme and find it very useful and clever. It can be a bit slow but on the whole it is an excellent, useful tool.

Reply   |   Comment by Alen  –  2 years ago
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Does anyone know if this Pro version is better than the previous excellent beta version?

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  2 years ago
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I've been using the beta version of Iobits Driver Booster for about eight months. It brought all my drivers up to date without issue, failure or fault of any kind. I find it to be thorough, fast and dependable. My three year old computer is now flush with the latest drivers. A thumbs up from me, and a thanks to Iobit for Driver Booster Pro.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  2 years ago
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Giovanni: Thank you for your most excellent post. I have to assume that you are not aware that the ratings are NOT Software ratings. They are ratings of the comments. Your comment is rated very high because it is extremely useful and it shows a thoughtful and researched post the type of post that everyone should endeavor to emulate. Thanks again!

Reply   |   Comment by Dakiner  –  2 years ago
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Before you try to update your drivers, get freeware Double Driver:
http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm

Double Driver will back up your current drivers, and will make it easy to restore them if necessary.

I have tried a few driver updater programs, and have never found one that works well. Biggest problem is that the drivers they find are not the right ones.

Frequently the file it recommends will be in a different language, or for a different operating system. Or there will be an archive with a recent date, but the content of the archive is actually an older version instead of a newer one.

You're better off starting with the computer manufacturer's website. There you will generally find the drivers that are right for your epecific hardware, in your language, for your OS.

In the rare case that you can't find something you need to solve a specific problem, then go to Dell or Intel and see what's available there. Different brand names are often compatible. For example, a Wifi card may work equally well with drivers from Broadcom or Dell or Intel. Any brand of mouse or pointing device can probably accept a Logitech driver.

But these are things you will have to research for yourself. Unfortunately there are no shortcuts.

Reply   |   Comment by Neil from Beachwood  –  2 years ago
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Tried updating my graphics card for the fourth time, and again it informs me the driver needs updating after a follow-up scan. Disappointing.

Reply   |   Comment by colin dyer  –  2 years ago
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http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm

Reply   |   Comment by Neil from Beachwood  –  2 years ago
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I didn't expect much from this, largely because in the past I've experienced many problems with driver-updating software. But it surprised me by updating some potentially problematic hardware and I was about to recommend it until I ran the program again after it had supposedly updated all the outdated drivers. Three times it's updated the graphics card, and three times it's identified the driver it's updated as 'out of date'on a follow up scan. After the reboot following updates, the display goes to default and the program doesn't start up again unless you run it, whereupon it identifies its own update as 'out of date' again. A bit hit and miss for me, then.

Reply   |   Comment by colin dyer  –  2 years ago
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Updating AMD/ATI drivers is a lottery. However, a few months age I decided to have a little fun and underwent an update. Now, it complains about the .NET version v2.0.50727 not satisfying the required .NET v2.0.50727. Makes me laugh each time Windows starts, which is not every day unfortunately. BTW, I had to downgrade the (modded) AMD drivers after I downgraded the OS to XP.

If I were a serious gamer, I'll always have my video card always up-to-date and count on the manufacturer, not on this GOTD or else, to alert me when an update/fix is available.

Most software like this GOTD are pretty much dumb---no artificial intelligence inside, no database (which driver version for which OS, for instance)...

Player or gamer (which one are you?), it's up to you to apply the rule "if it works, fix it anyway".

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  2 years ago
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Along with numerous other replies here I'm of the school "if it ain't broke don't fix it". As a computer noob I used one of these type of programs many years ago and trashed my machine.I won't be trying this one myself as I update my drivers manually when needed. Its not hard at all people! Just take a little time and do the things like this you CAN do, and your experience and confidence with your machines will rise.

As an aside, I must say my respect for Giovanni has increased with his post today.

Reply   |   Comment by indianacarnie  –  2 years ago
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On the plus side IObit may come up with some drivers you couldn't find on your own [or at least they would be difficult to find if you don't speak Chinese], & for harder to find drivers [e.g. a (e)SATA add-on chip], IObit's database may be the only alternative to a site or sites that might seem questionable. And if it works for you, Driver Booster PRO is faster & unquestionably easier than doing this stuff yourself.

On the down side updating drivers ideally includes a bit of research 1st, which isn't going to happen if you rely on something like Driver Booster PRO. That might not matter a whole lot if you're talking about an update to the driver for your PC's/laptop's networking chip -- for graphics drivers [which I think are what people update most often], IMHO you're better off taking a DIY approach.

That's because most new graphics driver releases are a mixed bag where they fix some problems & cause others, boost performance in some games but decrease it in others, & all that can depend on which card you've got etc. Complicating matters, some glitches aren't common, but neither are they rare -- install enough AMD driversets & sooner or later odds are you'll experience a problem with CCC [Catalyst Control Center] not starting... uninstall CCC, delete the proper folder, reinstall CCC, & chances are you'll be fine. Many people have found they only get reliable results using a special driver cleaner to uninstall, remove the old version first. Nvidia folks probably have their own examples.

For AMD the latest beta driver came out a week ago BTW.

Just FWIW, cutting through a bit of the clutter in case it helps anyone...

"Updating drivers falls into the category of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” rather than “always keep them up-to-date”

False... Newer drivers may fix bugs [that you can be completely unaware of BTW], and they also, particularly in the case of graphics hardware, often increase or improve performance. That said, it never hurts to research 1st -- after all, chances are the same driver crew wrote the drivers that are being replaced, so if they missed something the 1st time, it's very possible they missed something this time too.

"If you really want to update, pick only from the hardware manufacturer who made your PC component."

Maybe...

This is one of those areas than can be a real can of worms. If you're updating drivers for a graphics card, chances are the electronics are a reference design supplied by Nvidea or AMD/ATI, and the company that branded the card may not ever supply anything other than the initial set of drivers the hardware shipped with. So *Research 1st*, since there have been some really nasty releases [& it can be a real bear removing them], but yeah, get graphics card drivers from Nvidia or AMD. On board graphics is another story, where reference drivers may or may not work, since *they cannot take into account design modifications made to the system board & bios*. With onboard graphics hardware newer reference drivers can help, since the branding manufacturer seldom spends the resources to keep drivers current beyond the initial one or few versions, but they can also make things not work, so you have to balance whether any measured gains are worth any problems you find. Whether your system uses a graphics card &/or onboard graphics I strongly recommend a full backup before updating graphics drivers -- things like .NET may [rarely] make it very difficult to completely remove the effects of a newer version install, & it can also be very difficult to locate setup files for the version you're replacing. What about driver rollback? For relatively simple stuff like network adapters it may work, but Windows doesn't track all the contributing software & drivers installed when you update graphics drivers. What about Windows Update? Manufacturers don't give Microsoft the source code for all the contributing software & drivers I just mentioned. The stuff they do give Microsoft in fact may not be compatible with that extra software & drivers [that's what happened with the ATI drivers win7 initially shipped with].

On board sound chips may go either way -- you may or may not be better off using drivers downloaded from Realtek for example. The same can be said for networking chips, & for other add-ons like USB 3 or [e]SATA you might be better off updating firmware &/or drivers from another brand manufacturer. Using another brand's drivers can also be the best course of action with things like USB wireless network adapters &/or Bluetooth. Soundcards can be really iffy -- in some cases the best drivers don't come from any brand, but from an enthusiast or group of enthusiasts who out of love, desperation, or both, develop the only solution that really works.

The moral of the story is Google -- research drivers the same way you hopefully researched your hardware before you bought it.

"Always backup your existing working set of drivers in your system."

Back up your system drive. Windows doesn't keep track of everything added with graphics drivers or Realtek audio chipset drivers or Creative Labs soundcard drivers or Intel chipset motherboard drivers etc., just to name 4 examples. Unless you monitor [record] their installation yourself, there's no way to completely back up a current driverset. So it's faster, easier, & should give you more confidence backing up the system drive/partition to start with.

"I tried a similar program to this a few years back and it tried installing audio drivers for a chipset which wasn’t on the sound card."

The most iffy or uncertain part about getting proper drivers is identifying the hardware you've got. There are different models of graphics cards for instance that in Windows will simply be listed by their model series. Manufacturers [e.g. Dell] will often buy loads of specially designed parts that'll often bear the same model name as the retail versions, only they're sometimes Very different. Manufacturers [e.g. Creative Labs] may sell models with [deliberately?] misleading names, meaning the chips actually used on the card are not what you are led to expect. Manufacturers may have a supply problem or a chip may not perform as designed or maybe quality control is really uneven from whatever supplier -- whatever the reason they can & do make running model changes that aren't noted anywhere [other than their own internal docs].

It'll likely sound like overkill, but whenever physically possible I record the actual numbers off the actual chips. That way I know at least if I've found the driver that's supposed to work. Bear in mind that Windows [in Device Mgr. etc.] shows the model or chip name/series based on the driver installed, and so may be entirely inaccurate. Driver update software &/or Windows Update can only ID your hardware based on how Windows lists it.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago
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One thing most of these driver updaters don't take into account is the version of the OS. Certain drivers work better with certain OSs. Later drivers are usually created for later versions of the OS and even hardware so that a system running XP may not work with a driver written for Windows 8.

Reply   |   Comment by M.I. Summerset  –  2 years ago
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# 13. Maureen


Not really...you can have 26 or 28 outdated drivers after a PC format (you know, not everybody is able to create a customized Windows 7 installation DVD packed with all updated drivers) or if you use an old PC for testing software like this GAOTD (it's my case, for instance)!!

Besides that, if you only trust a poor product like this GAOTD, you may wrongly believe to have just 4 outdated drivers rather than 26...get the drift? LOL!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  2 years ago
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Tried on just re-installed windows XP SP3. Found 6 drivers missing or out of date. For test I uninstalled the modem driver, not very useful for me. Driver booster was unable to find it again as missing while device manager native of XP was able to reinstall it.
I think this software can be usefull in some cases but not all. most as a shortcut to find drivers - an easy way.
As said above, if your computer works well, it is wise do not update drivers.
The license manager say you have a subscription for 179 days (6 months).

Reply   |   Comment by Detenova  –  2 years ago
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I have and old XP PC and I run games mostly on it. This sounds to good to be true and I'll pass. Besides if it "Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It", works for me.

Reply   |   Comment by N99kid  –  2 years ago
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I used the Driver Booster free version for a few weeks but I'm guilty of fixing the ain't broke so I somehow corrupted a driver or two in and around Driver Booster so now when I run windows built in verifier.exe I get the BSOD. Auto runs or RogueKiller found the driver I messed up in Driver Booster but I still get the BSOD. This was my fault and not IObit's. IObit products are one of the best and it's a win win when they team up with GOTD. Thanks to both along with the great people who take the time to review the products everyday.

** Special thanks to, Ashraf from dotTech and Giovanna for all the great information.

Reply   |   Comment by John M.  –  2 years ago
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# 13. Maureen


Not really...you can have 26 or 28 outdated drivers after a PC format (you know, not everybody is able to create a customized Windows 7 installation DVD packed with all updated drivers) or if you use an old PC for testing software like this GAOTD (it's my case, for instance)!!

Besides that, if you only trust a poor product like this GAOTD, you may wrongly believe to have just 4 outdated drivers rather than 26...get the drift? LOL!

As for other moaners here, I never had any troubles using the FREE tools mentioned above...

But if something goes wrong... no problem:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/driver_fusion_(driver_sweeper).html

http://www.toms-world.org/blog/restore_point_creator

So what??

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (==&gt; pretty infallible KING of FR  –  2 years ago
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The pricing information for this giveaway is inaccurate.

It costs $28.95 for one year subscription.

This is only 6 month subscription, worth $14.50.

Reply   |   Comment by Mitchell  –  2 years ago
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Did exactly what is says "on the tin". I've installed it on all the family's PCs (4 kids etc) covering XP, 7 & 8.

Worked perfectly and fixed an network driver issue in 8, (which 8 said was up to date but this software disagreed.

It's a keeper for me

Reply   |   Comment by David Woodroof  –  2 years ago
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My gosh, I will NEVER install this programm again - it totally "destroid" my Computer. After it "actualized" the old drivers - the graphical representation of the monitors was the worst I have ever had.
Luckily, I could restore my old settings. So: CAREFUL, I think its not a program·

Reply   |   Comment by Kaiser  –  2 years ago
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People PLEASE be careful with these kinds of programs. There is NOT ONE on the market that is 100% accurate 100% of the time. There is a high risk that at least one of the so-called recommended "updates" will actually damage your program or even make your computer inoperable. Backup your hard drive before doing any driver updating.

Reply   |   Comment by CJ Cotter  –  2 years ago
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# 6.....These types of programs are especially made for you.
If you had 25 out of date drivers it sounds like your machine is very old and you never do maintenance on it. So you decided to download two driver update software to improve your PC? Or did you have DriverMax already and just never got around to using it?

Reply   |   Comment by Maureen  –  2 years ago
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It's been stated... If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I tried a similar program to this a few years back and it tried installing audio drivers for a chipset which wasn't on the sound card. I had a devil of a time getting things back to normal (roll back didn't do the trick). Based on previous experience, I'll pass.

Reply   |   Comment by Bruce  –  2 years ago
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Just the other day I was reading about why the BSOD was less prevalent, apparently it was more often than not caused by bad drivers. Microsoft then put a lot of effort into advising and helping the writers of drivers.
I ran today's programme and the only drivers it recommends I update are from my CPU companies systems and my graphic card system, both trustworthy companies.
Just because today's program only found say 4 drivers compared with another programs 20 odd could mean that this is the only 4 it trusts for quality.
I don't have the expertise to advise on the dark art of drivers and I suspect nor do any who regularly write on this site.

Therefore it is best to only allow drivers to update from companies you trust such as your CPU in your graphics card manufacturers, and be careful of the rest.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago
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Asraf said, correctly "If it ain't broke don't fix it".
Microsoft updates essential drivers,as and when needed.
Specific hardware driver updates don't often add functionality to older ( which means last year's) devices. And if there was a buggy driver issue that you actually needed to update you'd know about it. (HTC take note - your USB driver is still crap).

Reply   |   Comment by TerryB  –  2 years ago
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@r1j1k, As stated above. Please note that GOTD version includes 6-month subscription.

Reply   |   Comment by Rich_M  –  2 years ago
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I tried the FREE version of this tool a couple of weeks ago and, despite great reviews and ratings all over the net, it was able to find just 4 outdated drivers out of 28. So I wonder why almost everybody is so happy with this poor program (and here it got an excellent 65% THUMBS UP as well).

And now, after reading comment 5, I guess the PRO version does exactly the same ===> NO THANKS!

BETTER FREE ALTERNATIVES

The first thing to do in order to keep your PC in perfect shape is actually to update its INTEL drivers:

http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect
http://www.intel.com/support/oems.htm

Most important, besides Intel drivers, are also the VIDEO drivers:

http://www.geforce.com/drivers

And if you are a frantic PC GAMER:

http://www.razerzone.com/gamebooster
http://www.geforce.com/drivers/geforce-experience

Then, for the other remaining DRIVERS, best thing to do is to visit your PC manufacturer website and then download all of the right drivers there, according to the model and OS of your PC!!!

For instance, ACER users can go here to update the drivers of their machine:

http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers

Now, you may have several unknown hardware devices sitting in your system which are not recognized by the Windows Device Manager.

So how about having a FREE & PORTABLE tool capable of detecting the ID's of vendors, devices, subsystems and device classes of unknown PCI/PCI-X/PCI-E cards, even when you don't have their drivers installed, with the additional cool ability to display devices with driver errors?

http://pci-z.com

And as final touch you may also use FREE driver updaters...

The most accurate one I found so far is DRIVERMAX, by Innovative Solutions: the only problem is that you need a PREMIUM (==> $$$) account to update ALL your outdated drivers, otherwise you can update only 2 drivers a day, which is better than nothing of course!

http://www.drivermax.com/index2.htm

Other excellent 3 tools are also these:

* Driver Easy
http://www.drivereasy.com

But if you don't want to install anything, well no problem:

http://drivereasy.com/scannow

* MaConfig
http://www.ma-config.com/en/detectoffline

* Slim Drivers
Can update & backup your drivers with ease!!

https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php

There's also an amazing FREE Russian app which automates the process of finding, installing and backing up the right updated drivers of your system with an unique and pretty infallible approach.
The only problem is that it comes with an ISO file of 4GB in size.

http://drp.su

If you are willing to pay, the BEST shareware program on the market I found so far (got it for FREE, of course...LOL!) is definitely "Advanced Driver Updater" by Systweak (can find what other similar tools cannot):

http://www.systweak.com/ADU

Enjoy!!

My 2 cents for today's giveaway...

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (==&gt; pretty infallible KING of FR  –  2 years ago
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There have been many versions of this idea and they are in my opinion not to be trusted - I've had drivers update to versions that don't work (incl. Soundblaster and Logitech drivers on Win7) and those that have been simply missed like some others have mentioned.

Reply   |   Comment by PT  –  2 years ago
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