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DriverEasy 5.0.5.5083

Identify and update hardware drivers with the minimum of fuss

by Nick Peers

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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.NET Framework 2.0 or later

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 11 May 2016
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Downloads To Date: 14054
Developer: DriverEasy
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DriverEasy
Identify, download and install drivers quickly and easily with DriverEasy

Driver-updating and backup tools are increasingly commonplace, but finding a decent freebie can be a difficult task. What we like about DriverEasy is its no-fuss approach to both identifying unknown hardware in your PC and providing quick and easy driver updates. Launch the program, let it scan your computer for outdated, missing and unknown hardware and then click one button to start the download process – there’s no downloading individual drivers separately from various third-party websites; instead you just sit back and let the program do the hard work for you. Once complete, just install each driver one at a time by clicking each Install button.

It’s simple, no-fuss and can be a life-saver – we’d been running without core drivers for two years on our test HP laptop because no Windows 7 64-bit drivers exist for the nForce 520 chipset. Along comes DriverEasy and within minutes had identified a compatible 64-bit Vista driver, which installed quickly and easily, and with no compatibility issues.

That’s the good news: the bad news is that the free version of DriverEasy is more of a feature-limited demo than a completely free tool. The backup, restore and uninstall options don’t work in the free version, and download speeds are hobbled too, which can make larger driver downloads like those for your graphics card something to be done in the background while you get on with other things.

Version 5.0.5.5083 (see complete version history):

* The “i” icon is clickable to show the driver information( In previous version you can click the device name next to the “i” icon to show the same driver information).

* The notification for unplugged device will always show up( In previous version it only shows up when you choose at least one unplugged device ).

– Remove the 3 color driver status indicator due to Symantec’s (aka Norton) false positive. The indicator is designed to help us easily identify driver status(up-to-date, out-of-date within 30 days and out-of-date). Please do not ask us why, we have tried to explain(several times), please ask Symantec, since their engineers consider the driver status indicator as a performance indicator.

– Fixed a date conversion bug, which cause 0.32% of drivers showing incorrect Driver Date

Verdict:

Despite the annoying restrictions, the program’s ability to identify unknown hardware as well as simplify the driver update process makes it well worth looking at in detail.

Your Comments & Opinion
 

Very slow download speed in free version

Posted by: Marc P, 29 December 2013 04:13

The driver detect is fast but the free version limits the download speed to that of a slow speed modem. Unable to test this program fully because a small driver download takes hours to complete. Supposedly if you buy the "Pro" version the downloads are much faster and you can download and update more than one driver.

Could be good, maybe

Posted by: Gary Webber, 22 March 2012 16:29

Program downloaded, installed and ran fine. The list of needed updates appeared to be accurate. No updates could be downloaded to be installed because of extremely poor server speeds. On most attempts I could not connect to the server. On the one that did it was extremely slow and only made it to about one fourth done and then lost contact.

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