Updated For 2011

Publishished: May. 6th, 2012

"How To Update All Your Drivers Safely..."

By, Joe Harmin
Consumers Guides

Editor: Joe Harmin

Dear Friend,

Did you know “Drivers” are the programs that help your computer software communicate with your hardware? Everything from your printer to your sound card to your monitor is powered by a driver. If a part of your computer system isn’t working properly, then 99% of time it is because you have a driver that is faulty or out of date.

If you do a search for driver downloads, you’ll see many sites offering programs that claim to scan your system and get you the drivers you need to get things running properly. These are straight from the manufacturer and tailored to the exact specifications of your system. But unfortunately, many of these programs just plain don’t work!

Still worse, some of these programs get you the wrong drivers – drivers that are either outdated or not compatible with your system. All this does is clog up your computer, doing more harm than good!

We here at Consumers Guides decided to put these programs to the test and find out once and for all which program was best.

To do this, we had our tech team research and test out over 20 of the most popular driver updating programs.

Our experts used the following criteria:

  1. System Compatibility – Does the product work equally well with all versions of Windows 98, XP and Vista?

  2. Hardware Compatibility – Is it able to get the official manufacturer-recommended drivers for all of the different makes and models of printers, monitors, video/graphics cards, sound cards, speakers, webcams, and Ethernet cards?

  3. Updates – Does it work with newly released 2009 models? Is it constantly updated to find the newest drivers for older equipment?

  4. User-Friendliness: Is the software responsive and easy to use? How quickly and accurately does it scan to get the drivers you need?

  5. Customer Support – Do they offer 24/7 customer support in case of a problem?

After extensive testing of these programs on all different types of computers and operating systems, we found only 3 to be up to our specifications. If you are looking to update your drivers, you will not be dissapointed using these programs...

Editor's Top Choice: PC Health Advisor

PC Health Advisor

Our Rating:

5/5 Stars

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Driver Detective 5/5 Stars
(Out of 4288 User Reviews)
Driver Updates For All Versions of Windows
Gold Award
Developer PC Health Advisor- Windows Driver Repair Utility
License / Price: Free Download
Operating System: All Versions of Windows
Number of Downloads: 147,994 Downloads

If you want to update all your drivers safely, this is the program to use.

With PC Health Advisor, all you do is run the scan and it shows you exacxtly which of your driver are out of date.

Then you simple click the update button, and PC Health Advisor automatically update all your drivers with the very latest ones.

PC Health Advisorwas the number 1 program in all our testing and among our visitors. It was the only product to find and update 100% of our test drivers and work on all versions of Windows including Windows 7.

Unlike other software, PC Health Advisornot only updates new drivers, but finds and deletes old unused drivers. This can free up memory speeding up your computer. (With some computers we saw CPU speed increases of up to 24%.)

Another neat feature of PC Health Advisoris that you can instantly plug in any hardware (monitors, printers, graphics cards, ect..) run PC Health Advisorand within minutes start using that hardware. You never have to worry about losing a driver CD or searching complex driver directories again.

For beginners and veterans alike the software was very easy to use... They guide your through a simple 5 step system to find and install the drivers.

The bottom line:

PC Health Advisorwas the best driver program in all our testing. If you need to find or update a driver right now, without headaches... You will not be dissapointed using PC Health Advisor.

PC Health Advisor Extras:

PC Health Advisor not only has a better driver update program than all other stand alone programs we tested, but has many features usually sold by themselves in the $30 price point.

These include a registry cleaner - a tool used to optimize your computer's operating system, that clean clutter and improves performance - If you've noticed your computer slowing over time, this will bring it back to the speed it was when you oringinally first bought it. This program also improves start up times and fixes errors that may have caused your computer to crash or freeze.

There is also a few other bonuses with PC Health Advisor, but the meat of it is in the Driver update software and the registry cleaner - 2 of the best programs on the market and a package of software that we are pround to present to you.

The bottom line here is - If you are at all concerned your PC is suffering from out of date drivers, run this scan. Once you run it, it will show you exactly what you need to do to bring your computer up to speed. It's fast, easy to do and only takes a minutes.

Download the scan right here to see if your drivers need to be updated.

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2nd Choice:
Driver Detective

Driver Detective

Our Rating:

4/5 Stars

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Driver Cure4.5 Stars
(Out of 502 User Reviews)
Developer Driver Detective - Windows Driver Repair Utility
License / Price: Free Scan
Operating System: All Versions of Windows
Number of Downloads: 9655 Downloads

Driver Detective is another one of the few high quality driver updating programs available today, and while it wasn’t able to find drivers for some of the obscure software and hardware manufacturers like Driver Detective was, if you are running a basic system with name brand equipment it should definitely do the job. It works on all Windows versions including Vista, and our testers reported good results across the board.  

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Driver Genius

Driver Genius

Our Rating:

3.5/5 Stars

Download Driver Genius Now Driver Updates For Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows ME Windows 98 and  Windows 2000
Driver Genius - 4 Stars
(Out of 102 User Reviews)
Developer Driver Genius
License / Price: Free Scan
Operating System: All Versions of Windows
Number of Downloads: 2157 Downloads

Driver Genius came in 3rd in our tests, and while they didn’t seem to update their database as often as our top 2 picks it is definitely a good program that gets the job done and is very easy to use.

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