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Driver Booster Pro 2.4 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Driver Booster Pro 2.4

Driver Booster Pro scans and identifies outdated drivers automatically.
$74.85 EXPIRED
User rating: 335 (59%) 231 (41%) 75 comments

Driver Booster Pro 2.4 was available as a giveaway on August 20, 2015!

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

Driver Booster is a driver updating software, created with IObit's most effective driver update technology. The program scans and identifies outdated drivers automatically, downloads and installs the right update for you with just ONE click. It restores system and backs up drivers with its Rescue center.

It also provides more gaming performance and protects your computer from hardware failures, system crashes and conflicts. With Driver Booster you will save your time.

Please note: The program includes a 6 months 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:

18 MB

Price:

$74.85

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#38

I downloaded this and was very impressed at first it identified about 12 drivers that were out of date and updated them no problem but I then discovered that my touchpad had stopped working after a lot of trial and error trying to get it working again I had to run the recovery tool and take my laptop back to a previous time now every thing works fine so don't recommend this product

Reply   |   Comment by Helen w  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

I’ve tried this free version quite a few months back and it’s no different today. Updating a driver speed, back and forth between 10 and 16 Kbs. High definition audio device driver (147.98 Mb) When I click on accelerate it just takes me to the full purchase page.

Reply   |   Comment by hank  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

# 32 Where do you put the Registration key?????

When you start the program along the bottom of the frame, under the scanner should be a box that says activate or manage license.. Click on that and it should open up a place to past your Reg key. Right in the same area

Reply   |   Comment by John M  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

#23 You might have to download the folder again. My page looks like this...

Installation

Unzip the package you`ve downloaded and install the software by running Setup.exe,
then register the software using the registration name and registration key provided.
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Registration key:

XXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
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!!! .GCD file included is necessary for correct installation and activation. Please make sure to extract all enclosed files to the same folder. After successful activation and installation you may safely delete GOTD installation files from your PC (including .GCD)!!!

You have to install and activate it before the Giveaway offer for the software is over.

Reply   |   Comment by John M  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

Karl, my darling expert, where are you? We need your help!

Perhaps it's me, but it seems that I constantly check with the manufacturer's sites for all my peripherals and update software whenever I see that one is available. Firmwares, additions, corrections AND new drivers (which are -really- scarcer than 'Hen's Teeth')and I just don;'t see the need for this. I could be wrong. I usually am.

Reply   |   Comment by frayedknotarts  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

Well, can't comment because it won't load on my Medion laptop with Win 7/64 Pro. Try to run setup and it says 'Activating' then a dialog box pops up and says Driver Booster 2 setup has stopped working. This is a new install of Win 7 Pro on the laptop. Tried it twice, downloaded zip file again, extracted, same results. Anyone from developer monitoring here?

Reply   |   Comment by susiekay1649  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

Where do you put the
Registration key?????

Reply   |   Comment by kelly  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#31

Could uninstall unused drivers (old printer,webcam,replaced CD R/W drives) and update display,chipset,wi-fi,printer,soundcard,no-name drawing tablet drivers plus plus without problems.A recurrent printer access violation error when my printer was powered off has disappeared.Maintenance of this database by Drive Booster is impressive.A very welcomed makeover and a generous offer, thank you to IObit (and of course GOTD).

Reply   |   Comment by polle2  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#30

Last time I installed Driver Booster with Time freeze on and lost registration when I turned it off, but the main components left on my D: Partition. Nevertheless I tried to run DriverBooster.exe and found it running well. So it is portable?!? Funny.
Some time ago I always had problems with Blue screen, hangs up und unsmooth scrolling in Firefox, when I watched TV on my computer, but driver updates did not solve it untill I noticed that my GPU was running too hot - it is not always the drivers!
For a Newbee like me the information of driver boosters were nevertheless usefull because I even did not understand/ knew the components nor the manufactors of the components. And yes, I always go to the manufactors website and check the changes. Updates which only refer to later OS like mine are useless for me (but claimed as "totally outdated").
I remember that I ran "Autoruns" to get rid of some autochecks/ components of DriverBooster that always appeared at new booting (I use hibernate for weeks).
Now my system runs perfect thanks IObits DriverBooster. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by henri  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

First of all, I have Windows 10. Keeping that in mind, I will continue. The download went fine. I always download to its own folder. This was no different. I read the Readme file as always.

I double clicked the setup file and got the GOTD screen as usual. After that there was nothing. I waited for quite some time, but there was still nothing.

I double clicked the setup file again and got "Windows cannot complete the extraction. The destination file could not be created."

I have downloaded the program 3 more times. I have disabled AVG also. I looked through the Forum and didn't find anything related to this topic.

I am not sure if this is me or Windows 10 (keeping in mind that Windows 10 doesn't meet the system requirement for Driver Booster Pro). I would really like to have this program, but can't seem to overcome this. Thanks to IObit for the opportunity and of course to one of my favorite sites, GOTD, thanks a bunch.

Reply   |   Comment by Paula Flinn  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

I am of the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" school, but I took a gamble on this because of the positive comments. Yikes, my drivers varied between old and extremely old. Up-graded them all and rebooted, worked fine. So I add my name to the thumbs up group.

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

At me the impression is made that Kunzite is simple there is nobody to have a talk. Really, greed of manufacturers can be envied only. Instead of the free version they already long time under the pretext of its updating try втюхать (втюрить, etc.) the paid version. And without the option — paid or free — only paid, entering it into a temptation of ordinary users. Now about program work — the free version works tolerably. But оооочееень slowly. For those who does not want to waste time on search of sites of manufacturers and downloading therefrom drivers, it not bad consults with the duties. On paid for 6 months it is not necessary to pass, I so think. Yes, greed and greed and again greed.

Reply   |   Comment by wk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

Also, Occasionally, as with this offering, (which I have now managed to get working (Pro Version) on my Vista lappy) when it comes to copy/pasting the code to register the product, sometimes it wont paste.

My workaround for this is to open a notepad document, paste it there and then copy it from there and THEN paste into place. - Works everytime.

Anyway, as to be expected, it has found a lot of drivers for updating on my outdated lappy so it seems to do its job. They are now installed and up & running and my laptop hums along nicely now, so thanks IOBIT & GOATD for this offering.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry E  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#25

Driver booster is the only software of it's kind that I have found reliable and use 2.3 Pro already.

This particular offering will not install on my Windows 10 machine though.

The setup.exe runs and I get the GOTD activating window and then nothing.

The setup.exe process just sits in task manager doing nothing and when I end the task I get the GOTD prompt which then opens a browser tab when I close it.

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

This is the beginning of the end for driver software and many other applications. Win 10 kill and restrict so many free and excellent software and I already miss my win 7 ultimate.

Reply   |   Comment by Serag  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Bad because don't check HW compatibility. For example - I can't install latest Intel RST driver because isn't support my chipset.

Reply   |   Comment by Kamil  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

I am sorry but This still shows free version and asks to upgrade to Pro. The readme file says: .GCD file included is necessary for correct installation and activation. Please make sure to extract all enclosed files to the same folder. I extracted every thing to the same folder when I 1st extracted. What do I need to do to get this to work. Please help I would love to try this. I have XP Pro. Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Cjdoug  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#22

You only need 6 updated hardware drivers and I always get them from the manufacturer web site. Relying on 3rd party to decide for you. it is a dangerous proposition.
Interrupt (IRQ) and memory addressing problem can occur and your whole system may crash at random times. Just check for video, LAN, MB, HDrive, audio and PCI cards drivers, the rest are not important or do not speed up your system at all.
Please anyone tell me why you would need printer port or COM1 ports driver updates.

Reply   |   Comment by karra  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#21

I have a Dell XPS 8500 - Sadly Dell have not tested drivers for Windows 10 yet despite this computer just being 3 years old!

The only time I had major problems in the past was once updating drivers from another site other then Dell. It is not a mistake that I will make again! For that reason I now avoid any software that updates drivers other then from the manufacturer's site!

I think at this time in particular with Windows 10 only recently available, reading about so many driver issues and related problems in different forums, serious thought should be given to updating drivers using any other then those from the manufacturer's website - in my case Dell!

Reply   |   Comment by Howard  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#20

I've been using the free version on all of my machines for a while; the product has frequently found updated drivers, including relatively obscure ones that weren't obvious to me.

One thing I dislike about the free version, and I'm guessing this Pro version: it installs a couple of scheduled tasks visible in Task Scheduler. When I run the program - not done frequently - I have to go back into Task Scheduler and delete these entries. There isn't any obvious option to say "let me run your program when I want to, not on some arbitrary schedule."

Reply   |   Comment by Art Shapiro  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#19

The main difference between the Pro (paid) and the free version is the ability to back up drivers & schedule scans. Although you can tweak the free version to handle those tasks I have found that doing so doesn't improve this utility's function. In fact, I'd rather have the ability to run manually when I choose instead of doing it automatically, much like Windows Updates ... I want to retain that control. Also, if this app tells me I need a new driver and I'm not so sure, then I have the opportunity to go to the mfgr website and check for myself, just in case. Fortunately for the three years I've been using the utility I've only needed to do that one time. I actually like this one (the free one) and plan to keep it an use it. But I would say for all of you guys who wanted to make the hyper-leap to Win-10, give it time. You know that even Microsoft will take time to get it's act together, so the hardware mfgrs will be slow as well.

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

You'll love Windows 10. You can NOT turn off automatic updates.

Reply   |   Comment by olrowdy01  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#18

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EXCELLENT if only for it's ability to automatically install "software" driver updates for vulnerabilities like Flash and Java.

I wish it made a standard backup that can be reinstalled by Windows directly, though.

Thanks!
.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#17

Tried installing Driver Booster Pro 2.4 many times an a quad core i7 Toshiba laptop with Windows 1o. I tried sharing and that download as well as the email link, neither will work. Never ever had this issue with any GiveawayOfTheDay software.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#16

Installation was easy enough. However, just as I had anticipated, Driver Booster came up with 7 alleged "very old" drivers - all involving NVIDIA. So I went to my NVIDIA GeForce Experience program and ran a scan and it says that ALL of my drivers are current. I am therefore going to uninstall Driver Booster and dump it. IMHO it provides false information and is unreliable.

Reply   |   Comment by Mewzical  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#15

Unfortunately this program does not install on Windows 7 x64-bit. Went through every conceivable permutation without success. Tried it on another computer running Windows 7 x32-bit and presto, no bother, loaded straight away and registered it successfully. So what about Windows 7 x64-bit are you going to make it compatible?

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

Exactly the same here.
Interestingly tho, the FREE version worked fine on my W7 Ultimate/64 bit and told me I needed one update which it installed which means I don't need worry about this Pro Version as I cant see anything changing between now and the 6Mths this licence has to run.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry E  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#14

"Update" When I checked out the web site link that MikeR provided, I found another Windows link, to help with windows drivers! I am going to try to provide the link, so here it is: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/244617

Reply   |   Comment by Bill B.  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#13

Have used this software in the past, it's brilliant for it's ease of use and IMHO, one of the best driver updater's out their.
I always have the free version on my system but thanks GAOTD for this temporary Pro version :)

Reply   |   Comment by Ant B  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#12

Hi all , I've tried lots of this type of software to update drivers and they r good but they always stuff up my graphics drivers can anyone help please

Reply   |   Comment by mick  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#11

Windows 10 is very buggy! Even if you drop the UAC slider right down you will still need to install programs as administrator. Have you noticed that iTunes doesn't recognise iPhones on Windows 10? Not even if you re-install iTunes as administrator. But you can get it to work temporarily by re-installing the iPhone driver! Not sure if todays offering will touch the iPhone driver. I am afraid to attempt it.

Reply   |   Comment by peter  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#10

I've been using this and many IObot products for years with great results!!! Thanks to GAOTD, IObot.COM and as always, our regulars who take the time to really test these programs and pass on their results and opinions to the rest of us.

Reply   |   Comment by John M  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#9

Thank you very much MikeR, for that web address link! That was very helpful! I wouldn't have known about that particular link, unless you or someone else gave it to me! That's what I like so much about this site! Most everyone that is here, gives everyone else great tips or links to help them out! So, Kudos to you Sir!

Reply   |   Comment by Bill B.  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#8

On first reading this, I thought iObit was seeking to charge an astonishing $75 for a mere 6 month license to use -- not own -- this software. I now realise that actually, $75 is what it expects you to pay for an annual license. Ah.

Nothing about this developer's behaviour inspires, and certainly not its ploy of seeking to milk consumers year on year for software which is more rented than owned. Worse: iObit has no demonstrable provenance in the field of driver updating, a field of critical importance to a user because if iObit ever gets its updating analysis wrong, the consequences to the user's computer may well be serious. Microsoft already works with hardware / software providers to facilitate driver updating:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/automatically-get-recommended-drivers-and-updates-for-your-hardware

but as Glen writes at post #5, that still doesn't mean Microsoft should be trusted to manage the task properly.

In truth, "driver updating" has become the new "registry optimizer" cash cow for several software publishers, because now that it's finally sunk into the collective mind of computer users worldwide that optimizing your registry is pretty much pointless on modern OS systems, then heigh-ho, time to come up with some other problem for which an expensive cure is now necessary: the updating of allegedly obsolete drivers.

To echo Glen's point: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. If your computer is working fine, don't mess with it. If it isn't, then check with the component vendor concerned, be it for your printer, your graphics card, whatever -- after all, it's easy enough to identify those components, a host of freeware"what's-in-my-computer?" programs have long existed and can be found on any Internet search.

Thanks, then, GOTD, but no thanks. Though we haven't yet reached the stage that occurred when laments were commonplace about "optimized" computers being bricked by absurdly aggressive "registry cleaning", the way this current vogue for driver update software is going, we might soon be.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+63)

I also found another great Windows site, that verifies whether a driver is legitimate and compatible with Windows systems! https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff545448(v=vs.85).aspx
I hope this helps!

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

Wholeheartedly agree with your comment; apparently the BSOD was nearly always caused by drivers until Microsoft issued guidelines regarding their design.

A previous comment suggested updating your BIOS; an excellent way to make a paperweight out of your computer.

For those who lived dangerously but lost, the following information maybe of some use!
http://www.reviversoft.com/blog/2013/09/using-driver-verifier-to-fix-a-blue-screen-of-death/

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

The companies that made the chips & such that go into your devices are under a lot of pressure [with the likely exception of Intel], since there's a lot of competition plus low profit margins. Driver development is an area where costs are often cut to the bone, & of course in that environment mistakes in coding are made.

Since it costs money to develop driver software, if/when new versions are released, there has to be a reason -- they're fixing mistakes, &/or they're adding compatibility for new products/models/versions. And if they're fixing mistakes, it's generally something that enough customers have noticed & complained about to make it worth the effort.

That's not to say they won't make other, sometimes more serious mistakes in a driver revision -- take the time to backup 1st & perhaps Google beforehand &/or check the relevant forums to find out what others have experienced. And of course consider how important any update could be to you -- you likely don't upgrade apps you never use, & in a similar vein, you probably don't want to bother with driver updates for stuff that suits you as-is, e.g. because you don't or rarely use it.

Passing a driver through Microsoft certification takes time & money, so some companies &/or developers skip it -- beta versions are also not often certified. That certification however has little or nothing to do with whether that driver's great or junk. Microsoft does not have a huge warehouse full of PCs, laptops, & tablets with an army of techs making sure each & every driver they certify works as promised. It's more of a making sure they dotted their "i"s & crossed their "t"s.

TO the oft quoted: "If it Ain't broke..." line, a simplest query -- Define Broke. Personally I tend to be one of those people who likes, often demands that stuff works or is done the best possible. If I buy something & it's not as advertised, it goes back or gets tossed out. "Good enough" is a phrase reserved for a late night snack when I'm dead tired. Not everyone's like that, & that's perfectly fine -- just please extend the same courtesy to those not sharing your perspective.

As long as you can put things back there's no harm in trying an updated driver, so back up 1st. If you get a benefit you notice, great -- if not, you tried, & if you don't try, you're not going to get anything.

"after all, it’s easy enough to identify those components, a host of freeware“what’s-in-my-computer?” programs have long existed and can be found on any Internet search. "

I politely disagree with the usefulness of these apps when it comes to drivers. Windows doesn't take a look under the hood so-to-speak, but Only lists what drivers are currently installed. Software that queries Windows & installed drivers can't hardly do any better -- it doesn't matter whether that software is designed to just tell you what's there, or part of a program like Drive Booster. If one's inaccurate, so's the other.

If you want to go all tech Google & find out the actual specs, &/or if you don't mind the extra hands-on, remove the cover on a desktop PC & see for yourself. The actual specs can matter more than you might expect... AMD for example lists graphics hardware by the series rather than model, which can make a big difference, while manufacturers like Dell have used special, cut-down versions of the hardware you can buy retail. In the latter case installing drivers for the retail version may be the worst thing you could do -- in some cases the main similarity between the two versions is their name.

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

The license for 3 PC's for a year is $22.95. All other prices are suggested value and obviously I get the Video Drivers via AMD. The posted negatives on this have not proved out for me in over two years. All changes are easily revertable and there is no downside for a normal user PERIOD Iobit is not in bed with MS.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Martin  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#7

Quite ironical. Recently when similar software DUMo was offered, I contrasted some features with Driver Booster 2.4 FREE, which is better in some areas. I used Driver Booster taken over from Win 8.1 to Win 10, where it even helped update 4 drivers.

As soon as I saw the PRO version offer, I pounced on it, but noticed with disappointment the installation does not seem to run.

After contacting the activation server, nothing happens ...
You however have "Driver Booster Setup (32 bit)" under Task Manager processes. may be it will wake later & continue the process. ;)

It is true they say it runs on up to Win 8.1, BUT most programs on older systems, at least before upgrading continue functioning under Win 10.

I hope I can re-install the removed 2.4 Free version, if not will go without Driver Booster. Also the 6 month license is not too encouraging. After all, one can always get drivers directly from vendors sites & it is not a big issue like it used to be 10 years & more before.

...

This would be the first software in several dozen I have installed of late on different systems that fails installing, just because Win 10 is not shown to be supported. Actually only in a minority of cases is Win 10 mentioned.

Has anyone successfully installed it on Win 10?

Regards

Reply   |   Comment by xprt007  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Yes, it was the first program I installed after a clean install of Windows 7, followed by the Windows 10 upgrade. No problems so far, although there was a hic-cup with my microphone. Cortana said my soundcard was too old (only 9 months from new.) So after a couple of uninstallation and re-installs followed by Driver Booster, everything is now ok!

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

I, too, have not been able to install the program. I have the same issue as you with windows 10. Any help would be appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by vfriend  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Oh dear, well, I have not given it a thumbs down, although I should.

This one directs you to drivers that are not suitable for your machine or OS. It loads even though you don't need to have it loaded 24/7 ... so it makes me wonder what its doing when its not needed.... look, my point is, when you boot up, sure.... it should look in case you have changed your hardware while the computer was off, and really.... it might look in case a new version of the driver is posted... but come on, its NOT that urgent nor will your computer suddenly die because your drivers are a few hours out of date.

It should unload itself to free up memory, the fact that the human has to do it is.... annoying.

For that reason... NO, but thanks anyhow, GOTD... and thanks to the authors...

Reply   |   Comment by kiwi1960  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+37)

I downloaded and installed. GOTD says it was activated succesfully, however it still shows the version as "Free" and it seems exactly the same as the free one which I always use.

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

aussietaff, I'm not sure if you figured out why your download say's free yet but if not, inside the folder is a read me page with a registration key. After you start the program you will see a manage licensee or activate box in the bottom right hand corner. You can click it and paste that key in it and it will turn pro.

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

I came back for the first time in the couple years I've been checking out the giveaways to say, I forgot to mention in my comment that this year we seem to have gained a lot of people who read every comment and nitpick it by voting yes or no and make comments about people who give consistent facts and opinions. kiwi1960, I get bad drivers once in awhile everywhere. It loads because it's supposed to be monitoring your computer for the latest updates like most programs do. Is it really too annoying to go into settings and un-check the box that says launch automatically when windows starts? This is a good program and unlike and you have a choice to update your driver or not.

Reply   |   Comment by John M  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#5

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The best place to get drivers is from the computer vendor site like asusdotcom for Asus laptops,etc... The vendor knows the hardware in your computer. The so called latest and greatest drivers don't always work in computers that are older or that have been modified by the vendor. Would you rather install a driver on the official support site for your computer or use a driver update program? I trust the people that built my system to know what is best for it. IMO, driver update software and Microsoft don't know more than the vendor/builder of my system.

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

That's like saying I've never had a house break in so I don't need to lock my doors. All it takes is one time and BAM! Firmware updates, BIOS updates, driver updates (emphases on Video drivers), need to be updated to ensure you getting as much juice out the lemon as possible.

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

@tc1uscg

That's a terrible analogy. And your last sentence is just sales talk, not unlike typical scareware advertisement. Stick to what Glen C said, always go to the manufacturers page for updates. And you should NEVER update an otherwise functioning BIOS, especially via Windows.

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

Spoken like a true dinosaur. I love you "if it ain't broke don't fix it" guys. We'd be getting around by horse and buggy if we left the world to people who think that's the way everyone should be. The vendor doesn't always know the hardware in a lot of peoples computers because we tweak them. Microsoft drivers usually suck and as an example, if you have an Intel product in your computer and you go to the Acer site and try to download their recommended driver, to a computer that has a Microsoft, one size fits all generic driver, it won't download, Not to mention computer manufacture drivers are usually a year behind in updates because they are the people who put out products and move on. They live in you ain't broke world. If you go to the Intel site with the same computer their auto detect program won't even recognize their own product.

Reply   |   Comment by John M  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

tc1uscg Firmware updates are available on vendors sites so there is no need to look for firmware updates anywhere else. That is unless you change hardware to something different, in which case the vendor would not have the update and you should get the update from the hardware vendor.

The BIOS updates are available on the vendor site if it is needed for the motherboard in your computer. The BIOS does NOT need to be updated if the hardware wont benefit from the update. If you change hardware like the motherboard, the manufacturer of the motherboard would be where you should get update, not a driver program.

Drivers, especially video drivers, should only be updated from the vendor. The updates are available there and are tested to work with the hardware, all the hardware on the computer. Of course if you are a gamer, you most likely build your own system so you would want to go to the site that made your video card GPU to download the driver there for best gaming performance on newer games, AMD for example, not a driver program.

Reply   |   Comment by Glen C  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#4

This is a good deal for all. We have several PC's that have been kept in Driver Heaven for a long time. The pro edition normally is the purchased product and comes straight from Iobit without all of the BS extra junkware you would get if you opted for the free edition and connects you to their highspeed server rather than a slow server. I have also found that it is a great idea to make sure you have the latest cmos bios as well. We are also Beta testing Driver Booster Beta 3.0 which is even better. It's a no brainer and we can see the diferences!

Thanks Iobit and GOTD!

Rick Martin

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

You obviously like to live dangerously. If you don´t have any serious problems that could be solved by a bios update (read the firmware history) don´t update the bios. There are no advantages, just risks.

Reply   |   Comment by Lucky Luke  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)

"If you don´t have any serious problems that could be solved by a bios update (read the firmware history) don´t update the bios. There are no advantages, just risks"

Not disagreeing, I wanted to note that those risks can often be very greatly reduced, which might be the situation RM is in. It really depends on the hardware you've bought... my wife uses a PC with an MSI board that has dual bios chips as a failsafe, while the Asus board in this rig can [re]flash the bios whether or not the system will post [turn on] -- it doesn't even require a CPU be installed.

"The pro edition normally is the purchased product and comes straight from Iobit without all of the BS extra junkware you would get if you opted for the free edition and connects you to their highspeed server rather than a slow server. "

Most everyone hates ad-ware, but the added junk pays the bills if/when nothing else will. If that's the only way IObit can provide a free product, so be it, & thanks for at least providing a free option.

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

@bios An interesting conversation. Flashing the bios can be risky however since I have built all of my own boxes since 1985 and every MB maker starts with the bios vers 1--- and as they find problems, new devices or programs come out the upgrade the bios. Prior Win 7 ServicePack 1 it was relatively easy to flash a bios but as the nay-sayers advise not for the fate of heart. All bios flashing after the Win 7 S-Pack is complicated because the computor runs in protected mode which means it cannot be done by normal means. You must have a batch program from the maker or have a bootable key working in Dr. DOS or ? with subdirectories containing the new bios and install app. Recently I upgraded my old AMD ARU duo core to the new Godvari 12 Core APU and it was not even seen by the old bios after using the above it did and it is now running at 4.4 mhz and I have not be able to crash it period. My sisters hp I found the video driver was updated two after the previos driver was written to fix a problem. Now I was thinking the tech savie folks knew al of this. If you don't just take your computer in when needed.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Martin  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

Not sure what the problem is but this program completely refuses to run the installation on my PC running Windows 10.

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

Win 10 is not supported and if it did run it could mess things up: Microsoft is, or should be, providing the drivers in win10, not the hardware manufacturers anymore. The update function in win10 should take care of the "newest drivers".

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

I have it running on Windows 10. It was the first program I installed after upgrading.

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

I was wrong, I´ve read this earlier, until short this was true because hardware manufacturers were slow in submitting the win10 drivers. Manufacturers are still developing drivers for their products, but delivering is done through a new procedure in Win10. Driver developers submit their driver through "Windows hardware developer center", than they can get an EV code signing certificate. If everything is Ok, and the driver gets Microsofts approval, than Microsoft can notify the user of the new driver through Windows Update. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windows_hardware_certification/archive/2015/04/01/driver-signing-changes-in-windows-10.aspx

Reply   |   Comment by Lucky Luke  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)

Still, "The update function in win10 should take care of the “newest drivers”" remains true. So with Win10, all "driver update" programs will become obsolete.

Reply   |   Comment by Lucky Luke  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

I also cant get it to install in WIN10. I was hoping this would help out in fixing the screen driver on my laptop.

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

"Win 10 is not supported and if it did run it could mess things up: Microsoft is, or should be, providing the drivers in win10, not the hardware manufacturers anymore. The update function in win10 should take care of the “newest drivers”."

Windows 10 doesn't download all drivers. I had to install graphics card, sound card and USB 3.0 card manually after installing Win 10.

You also still need the manufacturers drivers for certain hardware if you want full functionality.

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

Installed free addition on my SSD Win10 64bit and it works great.

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

@Spiritogre Hardware manufacturers were very slow in submitting win10 drivers to Microsoft to be signed. If the drivers you installed manually were offical win10 drivers (not modified win7 or 8.1 drivers) and signed by Microsoft for win10 ( http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/wiki/insider_wintp-insider_devices/how-to-install-and-update-drivers-in-windows-10/a97bbbd1-9973-4d66-9a5b-291300006293 ) I see no reason why Microsoft would not update their database and provide them through Windows update. But Microsofts ways are sometimes difficult to explain.

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

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IObit's web site claims v2.4 works on Windows 10.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

"I see no reason why Microsoft would not update their database and provide them through Windows update. But Microsofts ways are sometimes difficult to explain."

It's not really changed since win7 -- some aspects haven't changed since 3.1. Hardware manufacturers develop drivers, optionally submit them to Microsoft for certification that those drivers are up to Windows specs, & optionally supply Microsoft with a usually limited version of their driver(s), rather than the complete driver setup they supply their customers directly.

With 10 AMD took the unusual step of including their full driverset in the code they supplied to Microsoft, so Microsoft Will accept & include that sort of thing in their Update databases. I think most companies simply won't give Microsoft their complete code, watching over their property like Hollywood does their movies.

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

I already had Driver Booster Pro 2.4 installed when I upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 Home Premium. It is working well, as are most of my programs.

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

Doesn't windows do this already for free?

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

No Windows doesn't do this at all! Not even close! There are several so called MS Partners that make many claims and then fill your machines with added bloatware and viruses! Iobit is not loved by MS but their free edition will do a great job if you are careful to reject the many addons that Download.com tries to infect your machine with.

Rick Martin

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

@ Rick Martin. For future reference, you can easily avoid the extras offered by Download.com by selecting the "secure download" link instead of the "DOWNLOAD NOW" link. The "secure download" gives you the straight installer without the extras.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+118)

@gpc111 - That is *IF* the direct link is offered. It isn't always. I run a little utility called Unchecky (www.unchecky.com ?). It sits in System Tray and unchecks unwanted options. Items you have to decline are on you, however. I NEVER do an automatic install, always custom. That is the first place to start.

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

@gpc111 I used to keep a copy of Opera browser just to get stuff from Download.com. Since a lot of the junk is BHOs for IE or Firefox, when it saw poor little orphaned Opera it just sent the straight files with no addons. Now I get my files elsewhere, such as filepuma or Major Geeks.

If you want to try it, the legacy version of Opera might be better.

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

I have the limited free version of this one.... works great.

Now I can grab the pro version for free. Shame it's just a 6 month licence.

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

Hardware driver updates are a lot less frequent than software updates. Once you do a driver update, you're good to go at least for a couple of years.

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

"Hardware driver updates are a lot less frequent than software updates. Once you do a driver update, you’re good to go at least for a couple of years."

Depends on the company that made whatever component -- Realtek for example often has updates every month -- their networking &/or audio chips are common on many motherboards in PCs, laptops, & in Windows tablets. That's Not to say you'll usually notice a big difference from a new Realtek networking or audio driver -- only that updates are pretty regularly available.

AMD & Nvidia graphics hardware drivers are often updated -- Intel not so much, though the graphics drivers for the GPUs built into some of their CPUs do seem to be updated about once a year I think. Gamers are the ones usually waiting with bated breath for new graphics drivers, & often they're rewarded.

Everything else *usually* varies between one or a few updates when new, & never at all. If Windows 8/8.1 drivers didn't also usually work in Windows 10, Microsoft wouldn't have achieved their bragging numbers for devices that have 10 installed.

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

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Keep it, it just runs slower with fewer automatic features in the free version after the pro version expires, but otherwise, same same.

GREAT program, includes the filter to NOT install drivers that have not passed Microsoft's WHQL Windows Hardware Quality Labs testing or WHQL, Microsoft's testing process which involves running a series of tests on third-party hardware or software, and then submitting the log files from these tests to Microsoft for review.

And, in pro and free versions, IObit Driver Booster does NOT redirect you to advertising or malware sites that add their own riders to installations.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
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