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 Launch the program, let it scan your computer for outdated, missing and unknown hardware and then click one button to start the download process – there’s no downloading individual drivers separately from various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 – around 60-70KB/s maximum, 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 4.x includes:
- Windows Update support
- Offline scan feature
- Windows 8 certification
- Bug fixes
- Many function improvements