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Driver Booster Pro 2.1 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Driver Booster Pro 2.1

Driver Booster Pro is a powerful and easy-to-use driver updating tool, which can analyze outdated drivers quickly, and install the right drivers for various Windows PCs with just ONE click.
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Driver Booster Pro 2.1 was available as a giveaway on January 14, 2015!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$39.99
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Resize partition spaces without reformatting disk and reinstalling OS!

Driver Booster Pro is a powerful and easy-to-use driver updating tool, which can analyze outdated drivers quickly, and install the right drivers for various Windows PCs with just ONE click. The newly adopted online database always ensures that users can find the latest drivers.

Its Rescue Center supports system restore and drivers backup to deal with anything unexpected. Moreover, it's specially designed to tweak drivers for peak gaming performance. It's a reliable tool to keep your drivers up-to-date and protect your PC from hardware failures, conflicts, and system crashes.

Note: This program includes a 6-month subscription license

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1; 1 GHz processor or faster; 512 MB of RAM memory; 50 MB of free hard drive space

Publisher:

IObit.COM

Homepage:

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

File Size:

19.2 MB

Price:

$74.85

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#31

Hello, a few things about this offer that should be noted for the next time it comes available.

1. I had the 1.5 version installed from the previous giveaway. Seeing this offered, I ran it before installing the new version to see if I'd get different results. The 1.5 version initially said I had 2 slightly out of date drivers and then changed it's mind and said none. I thought that was odd.

2. The 1.5 version said I had 42 days remaining, so it was a one year offer. This version is a six month offer. At least one other driver management package offered on this site had already switched to 6 months, which is why I installed this program in the first place.

3. I had to uninstall 1.5 to install this version. Upon running this version, it said I had a whole bunch of grossly out of date drivers. I can't remember exactly how many 4 days later as I'm writing this, but I think it was 8 total with 2 very out of date and 3-4 medium out of date. This gave me wildly different results from 1.5. This showed me that this company has really lost its way. It's more interested in hype than providing good results. You know both 1.5 and this version have to be accessing the same database of drivers on the web so they wouldn't be providing different results.

*****4. Even though I was not allowing this program to autorun from startup, this program introduced instability into Windows Explorer (Win7 x64). Programs that had never crashed began to crash. Windows Explorer even hung while copying files from one drive to another. Uninstalling this program fixed the problem completely.

I strongly advise against the use of the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Jimsung  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#30

I just installed this software
It updated 33 drivers for me
Previous when I used my wifi my bluetooth went on automatically as well.
After the drivers were installed I had the ability to turn off the bluetooth component separately.

All the drivers were updated successfully.

Advice :Create a resotore point before using any driver updating software.

I was hoping that this would upadate the driver for the touch pad so that the the touch pad itself could be used to click
It did not pick this up.

It it did well by updating the rest of the 33 drivers.

installed with no problems.

Thanks to the developers.

Reply   |   Comment by Bernard  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#29

Tried out the free version of this to see what it thought it could do better.... Yup just as I thought.... it offered me completely inappropriate NVIDIA drivers for my laptop I have the final version NVIDIA released for this mobile GPU and the free version offered me the latest desktop driver completely ignoring the fact that this is a Mobile GPU, needless to say I did not let it perform ANY changes considering how blind it was with te NVIDIA 8400M driver!

A word of warning, on initial run of the free version it tried to download Advanced System Care 8 in the trayicon... Needless to say I canceled the download imediatly.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#28

Chinese calendar! 6 mos = 160 days = ave month of 26.67 days .. not doing the algebra on that.

Wonderful product! I am long term user of Iobit and they have been rock solid and fair priced. Hope the new price is wrong as I won't ever pay. I have wasted so many (hundred) hours on driver apps free and paid reading all the reviews as well. So much hype and snake oil! Iobit rocks! Driver Max seems good and I try to second opinion theirs Check out in downloads.com for reviews. Newer Driver booster seems far improved from earlier. Remember I say "seems" for now.

Just cured 13 out of date drivers with one click! (Had serious concerns about so many in one batch. I seldom would do that and may not again in the future.) It worked! Amazing. These people don't update their drivers just because they don't have anything else to do. Think about that! Windows updates can screw up your drivers.

Reply   |   Comment by Harold  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#27

I had used an older version from GAOTD until it forcibly updated itself and became a trial version and I uninstalled it. Strangely, when I go to Manage License, this version had kept the old registration number and now has 677 days left. Bonus!
I don't quite get some of the negative comments. You don't have to install the updates it finds. If it finds one that you do want to update you can then go to the original source and download it from there if you prefer. Occasionally a driver update will cause problems, but so will Windows updates or any other programme updates. I would definitely advise creating a restore point before updating drivers.
I've just used it to update some drivers and everything is still working fine. One update required a reboot. After rebooting I checked the hidden items in the task bar and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Driver Booster was not running - the older version I'd had would always run at start up no matter what I tried. Hopefully it will stay that way.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#26

WOW WHAT A MESS - now that 5 hours have passed trying to BOOT UP, and now discovering 2 Drive petitions missing, restore don't work, and many things NOT WORKING, my thought is WORTHLESS - DON"T DO IT - and I've been in Computer racket for over 20 years.

Reply   |   Comment by j. future  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#25

This software works on the false assumption that the latest driver is the best one for your machine. In fact because hardware and software change over time, sometimes the latest driver is for a different OS or hardware than you're actually using.

I have rarely ever seen any improvement by updating drivers. At best I notice no change at all. At worse I've had to do some major re-installation.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Summerset  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#24

For me, I like this driver updater i've used the free version for a while - it does what it says on the tin, all automatically.
Thanks GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by blea101  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#23

I've been using Iobit Driver Booster Pro for several months now, without a single issue. It brought all of my drivers up to date. Some complain that it's only a six month license. But I say that in six months it will update all your drivers and leave you better off than before. Others say that if it isn't broke don't fix it. I guess that's why they come here to download and write tons of new code to their hard drive because they really really need it. Seriously, like anything else, make a restore point before installing and using this software.

Reply   |   Comment by Injeun  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#22

For the Do-it-you-selver:
1) Make a new empty folder on your desktop;
2) Change its name to SuperDooperPooper
3) Double click on that folder. You will see a menu with all kinds of settings you can check and change;
4) Go down to the heading Devices and Printers;
5) Go to Update drivers: the Device Manager opens;
6) Locate the device that you think needs a driver update: look for a yellow exclamation mark at the lower right of the icon;
7) Point to it and click right. The first choice is Update Driver Software and follow the instructions.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

The name of the folder is not complete. The correct name can be found e.g. on
https://www.schoonepc.nl/windows8/configureatiescherm.html

That site is in Dutch, but you will find the correct entry after the dot there. Do not mind the type in the url. It will lead you to the correct site.

Reply   |   Comment by gergn  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#21

If you already have the free version of this you can active it whith todays code, so you not have to uninstall it and install to days program, I have just do it, and it works great. :)

Reply   |   Comment by PCMan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Yep. Worked for me, too!

I think as long as you don't take risks and only follow what the product tells you if you know it makes sense, then you're okay. And always take a system snapshot before updating any drivers.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave K  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#20

[b]FREE[/b] and probably better alternatives...

DEVICE DOCTOR
http://devicedoctor.com/

DRIVER IDENTIFIER
http://www.driveridentifier.com/

DRIVER MAX Free Edition
http://www.innovative-sol.com/drivermax/

DRIVER ZONE
http://driverzone.com/

SLIM DRIVERS (You have to manually download possible updates)
http://www.driverupdate.net/


The best thing would be probably to download DRIVER PACK SOLUTION (DPS)
but it is an massive DVD-size download.

http://drp.su/


Some good reading...
http://www.howtogeek.com/198758/never-download-a-driver-updating-utility-theyre-worse-than-useless/?PageSpeed=noscript

Reply   |   Comment by Slaikka  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)

"The best thing would be probably to download DRIVER PACK SOLUTION (DPS)
but it is an massive DVD-size download."Works!but alters system information without prompting, and that usually isn't a good sign.

Reply   |   Comment by X@4  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#19

Updating drivers is a low priority for me.
However Finding drivers that are missing (never had a driver installed) is a constant need for me.
Can this program search for and detect MISSING drivers ?

Reply   |   Comment by Rob Down Under  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Your computer needs drivers to communicate with peripherals like the hard disk, mouse, USB-sticks etc. If a driver is missing, your computer cannot communicate with that peripheral. You would notice, I am sure. If you can use your mouse, your mouse driver is present. If the mouse works fine, there is nothing wrong with its driver. If you attach a different driver, your computer will install the correct driver for you. That was not the case in the old days. With Windows 7 and 8, your operating system will take care of your drivers.

So, updating drivers is in general not necessary. If there is a bug and the manufacturer of the peripheral fixes it, it can be handy to update that driver. But if everything is running fine, why bother? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#18

I have used this software in the past. It has a number of positive features. It does identify driver software that you "might" need to update and it does the update well. On the down side, past versions (and this may have been corrected) have identified drivers in languages other than the system's language (i.e. I got German drivers for my English language systems once).

The drivers identified may cause problems. I have one system I can't run chkdsk on because the drivers loaded always send a key stroke when the system boots. This causes chkdsk to abort.

Lastly, and this is the worst, the product scans your drivers on every reboot, even if it is told not to run on bootup. It is slow and really increases the time for the system to become available for work. Ignoring the user's instructions and running when the user chooses not to have it run is a major reason to give this software a pass.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Wilson  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#17

"it’s specially designed to tweak drivers for peak gaming performance"
How does one tweak a device driver? What effect does this automagical tweaking have on systems that aren't used for gaming?

Reply   |   Comment by Par Anoid  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#16

A move by increasingly anxious software developers into areas where they think there'll be more profitability was always on the cards: after all, there's only so much in the way of registry cleaners, computer optimizers, speed boosters, video converters and DVD rippers that can be flogged to an over-saturated market vigorously contested not only by rival developers but by freeware, too.

No surprise then that what were once low-profile software sectors are nowadays being mined for all they're worth in hope of getting all the gold out before that seam, too, is exhausted. Welcome, then, to The Land of DUM: "Driver Update Monitoring", today's current hot property and one which this particular developer would clearly wish to see turn molten.

But then, IObit has acquired an unenviable reputation for being the greediest software developer on the block. Not only did it pioneer the practice of selling software-to-rent (which is all you're doing when forking out for its ridiculous 12-month licenses) it's now ratcheting up its profit-seeking strategy so as to couple "giveaways" which are merely extended free trials with pricing that is wholly fictitious in order to finesse entirely imaginary discounts. Note, then, that today's 6-month free trial doesn't actually relate to any $75 product at all: a quick trip to the IObit home page shows a permanent (because yes, it is permanent)"reduction" to. . . $23.

On the basis of those selling tactics alone, any sensible computer owner would be not so much in the Land of DUM as the Land of Dumb to go anywhere near IObit: a developer who persists in pulling stunts as brazen as this really must think its prospective customers are complete idiots. Which therefore begs the question: if IObit has so little regard for prospective users, how much regard does it actually have for your computer? After all, you're going to entrust a very complex, highly individual piece of equipment to it. . .

I first encountered IObit's initial exploration of the profitability or otherwise of DUM thanks to GOTD back in October 2013:

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/driver-booster-pro-1-0/#more-46732

Though that particular 6-month free trial of a mere 12-month shelf-life product was at least untouched by the current let's-triple-the-asking-price-and-then-discount-it, Driver Booster PRO simply didn't work. It mis-identified a number of drivers; failed to spot primary executables in several cases; didn't link me to manufacturer databases, and was massively dependent on driver version information which isn't always there in the file anyway -- a reality every computer user really ought to be aware of before they even think of "updating".

Nothing about the current product suggests it is any better. But then, nothing about this type of software, from any developer, suggests the existence of 100% infallibility -- yet that level of infallibility is exactly what's needed once you start messing around with elements as crucial as these are to the successful operation of your computer. Little wonder, then, that so many on here and elsewhere say: 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', because blithely going ahead with the kind of one-click optimization -- ah, that dreaded one-click phenomenon again!!! -- which IObit is touting here is as likely to break as to fix if you're not computer savvy.

Yet again, then, software the accuracy of whose own performance is critical to a computer's performance looks most likely to land in the hands of the very people who shouldn't even think of using it: people who are ordinary computer owners, not geeks; people who actually get out a lot rather than spend time in techie forums on the Internet.

Thanks, then, GOTD, but no thanks. Aside from the sheer odiousness of this developer's practices -- software-you-rent instead of own; "giveaways" that aren't but merely free trials; fake "retail prices" designed to lure the unsuspecting into thinking they're getting a bargain when they see a discount -- the truth is that those who do know something about computers also know there are far better ways of keeping their computer up to date, whilst those who don't know should keep well clear.

As to IObit: though it's probably too late now to rescue your reputation from the accumulation of so much self-inflicted damage, you might at least make the attempt. IObit was, once upon a time, a name held in high regard, even if that time seems now to be so very long ago.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+70)

No offense to GAOTD/Team and Today offer...But WoW!!!what Enlightenment post' we have ever read here..by MikeR. Thks!

Reply   |   Comment by Studiopro  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#15

I always say ...if its not broke..don't fix it..sometimes programs contradict different versions as a way to sell the software..a good marketing stragedy

I've known several people use usb sticks for instance..they ask for drivers to be loaded up and my friends didn't download any of the drivers...here several years later..usb still working like the day it was bought...same thing as some of ur computer devices....the mouse for instance..or keyboard..drivers are needed for them and many people don't use drivers for these devices to be operable without any issues...

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#14

Oh yes, forgot to add that after installation, their website opened, and was offering the same version on sale for the price of $22.95 for the next almost 4 days!

Reply   |   Comment by Sunnaze  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#13

Funny thing about this software! I had Driver Booster version 1.5 installed from a giveaway at Shareware On Sale last June 2014, which apparently had a year's license as it still had 143 days to run. Before installing this updated version, I ran a scan, and it reported that ALL of my drivers were up to date. How amazing then, that upon installation of this version, when the program opens, it tells me that I have 10 device drivers and 5 game components that are outdated, ranging from 'old', to 'very old' and then 'extremely old'! Kinda difficult to trust in something that contradicts itself from one version to the next!

Reply   |   Comment by Sunnaze  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)
#12

I always read the comments on these pages, which i find useful most of the time. There are several posters i always make sure i read, i won't name them but i'm sure you all know who i mean!
There is a phrase that seems to be used more and more these days, and i just wonder if somebody might explain what it means? the phrase is "Uninstalled Via Reboot" How do you do this, and is it better than un-installing using Revo Un-installer? I'm sorry ifthis sounds like a silly question, but i always find that if you don't ask you usually never get to know!
Thanks in advance fellow GOTDers,
Regards
Mike7p

Reply   |   Comment by Mike7P  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

There are some programs can create a virtual copy of your current settings so that they can be restored during the next computer boot. in a virtual machine, you can perform all sorts of tests and install third-party applications with no effects on the host. Just a reboot will restore the OS to its previous state.

Toolwiz Time Freeze is one of them.

Or you can try Toolwiz Time Machine which has time freeze options as well as With this product, you can create snapshots of your system partition in few seconds and restore or rollback your system to any snapshot you want.

Reply   |   Comment by Jahid  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)

What is meant by "uninstall via reboot" , usually the person saying this is using a virtual environment (sandbox, virtual box, etc) to test a software or softwares....so should they find something wrong with the software, it can be reverted back to its "safe" state before the virtual environment testing..

You san say its testing in an identical system as urs...one is the real system untouched and the other is the testing system...after reboot the system is like its never been touched...thats my understanding of it..hope this helped

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

I believe it just means that the person installed it on a virtual system environment such as Sandbox and the like. When you reboot, they offer the option to retain the software you've installed or not.

Reply   |   Comment by Sunnaze  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

I also use Revo and as I read it, when you uninstall a program in windows uninstaller (as well as a glitney of other uninstallers but not all) sometimes they leave remnants of the program on your system (especially in registry) once you reboot this is supposed to (but not always) clean up these remnants.. Mostly being empty folders with the name of the program you deleted and start menu links that no longer function and such but sometimes there are some that really need extracting (like unshared DLLs).. Revo does what windows doesn't do and that's clean out the system completely (in advance mode) then directs you to program files (if needed) to manually delete the empty folders and dead links in start menu/taskbar, etc. without having to reboot.

Reply   |   Comment by unkabob  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Regarding Time Machines; I used to use Comodo Time Machine and it was brilliant, that is until it went wrong, it took me three months to get back to a working system.
There was nothing wrong with the program itself but the problem stemmed from a lack of understanding on my part, basically somehow I defragmented the disk, a function normally blocked by the program.
This is what I think went wrong; Comodo Time Machine kept track and a copy of changes to sectors, hence defragmentation has to be done by this program alone.
When I bypassed it all the time machines information was invalid and I had a nonworking system.

Before you use one similar probably best to get a good understanding of how the particular one you choose works.


There are quite a few alternatives and they are listed at the following link, haven't tried any but may work up the courage one day to go for it again because frankly it was brilliant!
http://alternativeto.net/software/comodo-time-machine/

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

I have been using Faronics Labs "DeepFreeze" for years to do exactly this. Places that have public internet (like libraries, cafes, etc.) install it so if someone messes up a computer's settings (or introduces a virus), all they have to do is reboot the computer and it is back to exactly where it was before. It works beautifully, I might add. However, one caveat: if you forget you are running your computer in "frozen" mode, then once you reboot, any current work is gone. Unless, of course, you save it to an unfrozen drive or directory (which you can configure via app settings during setup). I am not sure I would recommend this to a total novice, but to others, I believe this is one of the simplest, most convenient virtualization apps you could possibly use.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

I got this program in a christmas giveaway with a 1 year license about one month ago. Nearly forgot about it. Started it today and it found 4 outdated Adobe drivers: Air, Flash Player Active X, Flash Player NPAPI and Shockwave.

Driver Booster 2.1 replaced my outdated audio drivers at first usage in december too, afterswards I had no sound. Because it switched the playback driver, as I found out. Switching back to my standard playback driver did the trick. No need for a system restore. :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Klein Fritzchen  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
#10

I have the PRO Version 2.0 of this software.
Don't change drivers unless you have to.
Don't be fooled by software telling you your existing drivers are lousy.
My Version 2.0 announces that my drivers are Extremely Bad in red bold font. But my PC runs very well thank you. I ignore it completely. I use it for backing up drivers only.

Some users may wonder what is the difference between the Free Edition and the Pro.
The Free Edition can only do the first two listed below.

Automatically Identify Outdated Drivers
Download and Update Outdated Drivers with One Click
Unlock Driver Update Speed Limit
Specialized Driver Tweaking for Better Gaming Experience
Support More Comprehensive Hardware Devices
Enjoy Priority to Update Outdated Drivers Promptly
Backup Drivers for Safe Restore
Enhance Hardware Functionality for Better Performance
Automatically Update to the Latest Version
Free 24/7 Technical Support on Demand

In order to back up and restore drivers you need the PRO version.
Please note that Backup command is well hidden and it takes some finding.
You click on the reverse wheel arrow icon called "Rescue".
A new Window opens.
Click on Backup and a new screen appears showing only the non-windows drivers.
You can then back this up for future restore.
Actually I have used the even older Pre 2-0 versions, which are better.
In the old version, you can choose to back up ALL drivers and not just the non-Windows drivers. You really would not want to install your Windows drivers from the CD-Roms all over again. So this is a classic case of newer is not better. The programmers took something out.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+50)
#9

Oddly enough, I'd just done a scan with the older GAOTD version that told me that all my drivers were up-to-date. Now I'm told that 17 of them need to be replaced!!!!!
I have no confidence in a product that is either transparently lying, or simply wrong, at $75, $30, or free.
Uninstalled

Reply   |   Comment by david wright  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+64)

The older version didn't have the newest driver information. Is that surprising? I had an older version from here and it had expired ages ago.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#8

A reliable option is to go the manufacturer's driver update page for verifying and downloading the drivers. But some driver update utilities make things easy as well as complicated sometimes.

Frankly speaking I haven't used my driver updater program since april 2013 but there's no issues related to any outdated driver till now.

But before that When I had been trying to update using some of the well known programs I saw a variations in their scanned results and recommended update versions.
I tried following commercial programs
1) Driver Magician
2) Driver Reviver
3) Driver Genius Pro
4) Drivermax
5) Driver Navigator

Except Driver Navigator the other Programs couldn't locate the downloaded driver in the explorer so that I can keep the file and try to install later manually.

Even Driver Navigator was able to find the more recent version of some of the drivers compared to Drivermax. Unfortunately The trial version of Driver Navigator only scans and displays outdated drivers, can not download , fix and update them in trial mode.

But I am mostly annoyed with the fact that these all have a tendency to recommend and update to a version which is (sometimes) incompatible with the system thereby wasting time and data.
One more thing the 'backup and Restore' feature of some of the programs were found to be pathetic. They will give you the options to restore one or more drivers from their own backup but after reboot the restore won't take effect . I checked it several times but everytime I had to use my Driver CD to fix it. So where's the point to include such feature ?

About Today's Program which I haven't used but I have seen two of my friends using this . They were impressed by it but to me all the programs are impressive but the effectiveness of these programs lie somewhere else.

Reply   |   Comment by Jahid  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+40)
#7

I have used this before, while it works, its damned annoying. It keeps trying to suggest I download drivers that I know just will not work on my computers, it tells me every time I boot up, it stays loaded just to tell me, so, in the end, I deleted it. I will not use it ever again, there are times when a program can be just too useful, this is one of those times. Like others have said, if it aint broke, don't fix it, so why then repeat the message that some drivers are outdated (when they are not) constantly?

As the owner of the computer(s) ... it should the right of that person to decide when and if they wish to update drivers, NOT some annoying upstart of a program that thinks it knows better than the human.

I haven't mentioned the mistakes it makes, drivers that I know just will not work on my systems, but then, this program is useful if you have just installed an OS on a system and windows cannot find drivers for it, this one can, to a point, so its useful as far as that goes, you should then remove it from your system.

If not for that, I'd say this would be a keeper, but its not, its a deleter. Just be aware that some drivers it says will work, just do don;t. Sound card and network card drivers, and in one case, a video driver.

Only install this if you don't mind being treated like a child with constant messages that your drivers are out of date and your system could be in danger of crashing ....

Reply   |   Comment by Henk Van Helmond  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+55)

Henk,
go to settings and uncheck Launch at Startup & Minimize to Taskbar. That way it only runs when you want it to. You might have to right click & Run As Administrator.
I have no issues with being intrusive & have had good luck running the free version. Thinking about this to see if the gaming part makes any difference or not.

Reply   |   Comment by simimike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#6

I tried this the last giveaway and it said my audio drivers were out of date. I allowed it to update them and then my sound didn't work. I changed them back via system restore and the sound came back. I kept it installed but it kept booting at start, even changing the launch at start option. Windows 8's msconfig which is in the task manager couldn't stop it nor could WinPatrol so I uninstalled it. I won't try it again unless I read that it's vastly improved. The best premium driver update software I have owned via a giveaway was Driver Magician but it's pretty easy to do it myself so I never purchased after it expired.

Reply   |   Comment by SoftwareJunkie  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+65)

Ditto to SoftwareJunkie comment. I've used this sofeware a number of times and the only questionable issue is related to updating my sound driver. While the driver may be the most current, it is not the one for my sound card. Concerning earlier comments "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". I totally agree. If your current drivers are working properly, why bother updating. This only opens doors for future problems.

Mack

Reply   |   Comment by Mack  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#5

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1.3 Pro 64 bit system.

The installer wants to install additional software (advanced system care). You can deny it.

We had a previous version 1.5 on September 2, 2014 and on August 27, 2014. Here are the old reviews:
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/driver-booster-pro-1-5/
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/driver-booster-pro-1-5-rerun/

I'll test only two questions - which drivers from where. Read my old review.

As I wrote several times, I have a new installed system on a new computer. Installation date with the up-to-date Windows installer was about one month ago.

The program detects after a first scan
http://i.imgur.com/keAeJBb.png

"extremely old drivers"... Of course, they want to show, that it is a good thing to purchase the full version.

I "updated" and extremely old driver. Update failed:
http://i.imgur.com/mkIkD85.png

The software does not contact the original driver manufacturer.

If you use this tool, you should know, what you are doing. I prefer the updates from the official sites. (see my last comment)

Uninstalled via reboot. I don't have obsolete drivers in my brand new system.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+159)
#4

There are many times, with older computers, that drivers cannot be found. Just their Free version will find & install drivers w/no obligation, but the Pro version offers more.

This isn't my mainline source for drivers, however there are times when there's not much of a choice. Many of the others, some of which are worse, isn't free, other free sites, such Driver Max, limites drivers to two per day.

This app is much better than Slim Drivers, it's closest alternative. Will have to go with this one, for the Pro features.

Reply   |   Comment by Cat Tilley  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#3

I have used this from previous giveaways and it works well and so far, without any issues.

Looks like a time limited licence as it says that I have 159 days left.

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Yes, I cannot believe it. Not one year, apparently not even 6 months. It says the same for me, 159 days left. That is not even 6 months. What a pain.

Reply   |   Comment by spacecon  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)
#2

Was reading recently that drivers were the biggest cause of the BSOD until Microsoft issued guidelines regarding their design, so be careful and make sure you get the correct ones from the correct source.

When first offered here October 2013 the price was less than $30 now it is just short of $75 and only yesterday I was reading about deflation.:-)

Think I'll give it a miss!

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+91)

If you go directly to I0 bit's link in the freeby or one you get today in six months you'll find that the actual ptice for one-year is acually $22.95 or if you'd rather, scroll to the bottom and download the free version again.. Like they say, paying retail is for dummies.. The site itself proves that.. Third party sellers are out for your blood.

Reply   |   Comment by unkabob  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

Agree, I file this along with registry cleaners. If anyone has ran apps like this on a Dell knows what I mean. Sometimes downloading the manufacture of the device's driver vs the maker of your PC, you are asking for trouble and on thin ice. See a tech disable a Dell Duo pro because it got a bios update from "a recommended source" vs from dell.

Reply   |   Comment by tc1uscg  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#1

I would file this program under "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Unless you have recently added hardware and for some reason a driver was not included I can't see a lot of reasons to mess with your drivers. If your system is running fine, be happy. Besides you only want to update your drivers from the company that made your hardware. Then on top of that, it's only a six months license? I'm not installing anything that is only good for six months. I would just have to uninstall it so why bother? I greatly appreciate the offer but I will pass.

Reply   |   Comment by dadams  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+218)

I totally have to agree with dadams! Besides, there are other driver updater software out there, that is also cheaper!

Reply   |   Comment by Bill  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

I didn't catch the "time limited" part.

Guess will be sticking with the Free version I have on a couple of older computers. Like I stated below, this isn't my first source for drivers, but it's hard to find these for some older ones, and Slim Drivers has messed up a couple of installs of mine. Not again. Also am not thrilled having to run IObit's software, but their Free Driver Booster is great for when needed.


Cat

Reply   |   Comment by Cat Tilley  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+37)

Re "I didn’t catch the “time limited” part. " by Cat Tiley.
I suppose you are ne here. That phrase has been for many years. It means you have 24 hours to download, install and register the giveaway. After tomorrow morning 08:00 GMT yoiu cannot download, install nor activate anymore.

In most cases you can use the giveaway as long as you like. Today we have a licence for "6 months". That is 159 days. See my screen shot at https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1122113/giveawayoftheday/2015Q1/20150114_08_DriverBooster.png

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-45)

krypteller, I was referring to how long it lasts, already have the Free version on a couple of computers. Being that the Pro doesn't offer a lot more, and I consider the cleaner extra more or less a registry cleaner, I can keep the free versions & pass on this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Cat Tilley  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+64)

I tend to disagree, having used many IOBIT products in the past.
The company has made much improvement over the years, with their products. Some have left larger footprints (consuming memory excessively), while others have taken hours to do a full scan when it comes to antivirus software.
However there has come a lot of good out of these programs. I used Driver Booster since it was first introduced, and have not once had a problem with the drivers that were upgraded; on any operating system covered, nor on any device IOBIT software works on. From desktops, laptops, and handheld portables, never an issue.
As for them offering a 6 month license for this version; I'd prefer 1 year.
Going to IOBIT's website is in fact a much better deal, if someone wants to pay more, for 1 year and it does cover 3 devices, not 1.
As for this offer from GOTD, if one wants to take the application for a spin, I think it's a good deal.

Reply   |   Comment by Kenneth Smith  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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