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Drivers are important for every computer. Without them, hardware and software wouldn’t be able to communicate, leaving a system inoperable. Updates to drivers can dramatically improve the stability, speed and features of a computer without any changes to the hardware inside. Yet, for whatever reason, driver updates remain difficult to locate for most devices. Most users don’t update unless something has gone wrong.

Driver Booster, from IObit, promises an easier solution by acting as an all-in-one command center. All of your drivers are listed in the app’s interface, making them easy to update; or that’s the idea, at least. Let’s see if one interface can truly handle updates for all your hardware.

Quick Installation

The download for IObit Driver Booster is less than 20 megabytes, which is an exceptionally small file size for a modern program. Users lacking bandwidth will appreciate how easy the file is to grab.

Installation is dead-simple. There are no special options to select, no adware offers to avoid, no unusual choices to make. Most users will have the software installed within minutes of starting the download, and those are very quick connections might complete the entire process in less than sixty seconds.

Software With A Purpose

Driver Booster is designed with one goal in mind; update drivers. As such, it has a rather simple interface. All devices with drivers are detected automatically (and quickly) when the program starts, and those with out-of-date drivers are shown as “bad, worse, worst.” How “bad” a driver is appears to be based on how old it is relative to the latest version available. As you can see, I haven’t been doing a good job of updating my motherboard drivers – shame on me!

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The list of devices shown by the software is very through and includes not only installed hardware but also peripherals like printers 3 Resources For Windows 7 Printer Drivers To Get Your Printer Working 3 Resources For Windows 7 Printer Drivers To Get Your Printer Working Read More , monitors, mice and gamepads. All of this information come across as intimidating because there’s just so much of it (even the most basic PC will probably have 50 drivers), but there’s no need to filter through the list manually. Out-of-date drivers are automatically pushed to the top.

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While drivers can be updated by clicking the “update” button, a right-click on a drive can be used to view its details (like the currently installed version) or add it to the ignore list. Once added to ignore, the driver will no longer be listed even though it’s out-of-date, and it won’t be updated when you perform the “Update All” action. This is useful if you have reason to hold on to the outdated version.

Smooth Driver Updates

Updating a driver through Driver Booster is an entirely in-app experience. In other words, there’s no need to launch a separate browser window or installation program to handle the process. The download and installation all takes place in Driver Booster, and the software even creates a restore point How To Recover Deleted Files Using Windows 7's Restore Previous Versions Tool How To Recover Deleted Files Using Windows 7's Restore Previous Versions Tool We all know the importance of backups. If we've it heard once, we've heard it a million times. Always have backups, always save after every change, always use Dropbox (or something similar) to save previous... Read More before the new driver is installed.

Multiple drivers can be updated at once using the “update all” button, or they can be updated individually. Whichever you choose, it’s a good idea not to use your PC until the software has finished installation of all scheduled updates. While using the PC shouldn’t be a problem in theory, in practice a computer can behave strangely while drivers are being installed. The monitor may flicker, peripherals may stop working, or the computer may seem to freeze for several seconds. All of this is normal.

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Once the installation is complete you’ll be prompted to reboot your computer and the “update” button will change to a “reboot” button. Do so, and you’re done!

Other Options

While this Windows software is purpose-built for a very specific task, there are a few extra menus worth noting. First among these is restore, which can be accessed through the circular restore icon in the upper-right. The restore menu shows all of the restore points created during driver updates, which can then be selected and used to revert your PC to its previous settings. These restore points can also be accessed through Windows Restore How To Fix Your PC Using Windows Restore in XP, Vista & 7 How To Fix Your PC Using Windows Restore in XP, Vista & 7 Read More in the unlikely event that a driver update crashes Windows and you can’t boot back to your desktop.

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The other important menu is Settings, which is actually a series of sub-menus. This is where you decide how often your PC should be scanned for out-of-date drivers, select the download location of drivers, and manage the ignore list.

Conclusion

Driver Booster is not a complex program, but it does its job well. Downloading and installing drivers with the software is a cinch and often takes just minutes (or less). IObit has also thoughtfully included restore points and an ignore list, two essential features every driver manager must have. Though hardly innovative, Driver Booster is free, simple, capable and quick; what more could you ask for?

  1. Thomas
    January 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    10 bit was OK for a while but after a year or so my xp system restore packed in,

    Because of overzealous reg editing.

  2. Boffo
    December 30, 2013 at 8:35 am

    This made such a mess of my computer. It is never a good idea to install any driver updates that are not needed and are not from your computer's own manufacturer. Full of trojans and malware, adware, and very hard to get rid of.

  3. MahmoudAshour
    November 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing this important one.

  4. lou albano
    October 31, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I have used IOBIT software for years as an IT professional and nver had a problem.

  5. David B
    September 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    After installing this software, I had the need to restore my windows 7 for the first time ever. I am uninstalling the software right away.
    Would not recommend to install this at least before it is out of beta version.

    Using a Toshiba Portege R835.

  6. IOBITsRUBISH
    August 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    This is complete garbage stay away from this.

  7. J Enrique Fernandez
    July 30, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Please, stay away from these FREE software updating tools because it could bring you undesired software to your PC. Please hear this advice from someone who had already made the mistake to use these type of tools, and clicked "update all" on everything that the software tells you too... until my PC refused to boot again... Don't be lazy and go to your hardware website to look for any updates for your software.... It would probably take a few more minutes than expected, and be safe.

  8. Scott M
    July 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    These kind of blanket fix programs, like reg cleans and complete system tools, seem to all have problems. I appreciate that if they worked properly they would be awesome, but the problem is that there are so many hardware combinations that you tend to end up with problems when the day is done.

  9. Tony
    July 28, 2013 at 1:59 am

    You have to be very careful with IObit software. They are very annoying and nasty. Often place a lot of unnecessary software. Also they report about a problems with my computer/system. In fact, the problem is the fact that I have not installed their software that not needed to me.

    Their programs do not want to be removed from the system "without a fight." Often, when you delete their programs they establish something (you do not need) still on your computer. They swap the familiar button layout, so that you agree with all their proposals. They looks normal, but the buttons are located on the contrary. It seems that you give up, but in fact you agree. As a result, your computer is littered with junk software, which is also difficult to remove.

    Regarding the drivers. If the devices are working properly, it is better to do nothing. No need to fix what works well. This will only exacerbate the situation. If you still need to update the driver, then do it better through the device manufacturer's website and nothing else. Programs such IObit can break the computer by installing an invalid driver of unknown origin. I came across this in my practice many times. Be VERY careful.

  10. Mary Lamb
    July 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Uh... weren't you the folks who just warned us about hidden downloads? Well, maybe I'm not looking well but I kept coming up to a download for another product - their all-in-one I guess - and never did find the download for Drive Booster.

    So... thanks but no thanks.

  11. Armand
    July 27, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Thnaks, it works for me.

  12. Sput
    July 27, 2013 at 5:38 am

    I'm always skeptic about driver update programs they mostly get the drivers from strange places, not from the original driver developer. When I tried this program it said that I had one old driver installed and that I should update to a version 2.xxx of the driver. But checking with the developer site, the suggested version didn't exsist...

  13. Viktor
    July 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    The best way to update drivers is to check the manufacturer's webpage. Intel, for instance, scans your computer and notifies you whether or not you are up to date. For the most part, all you get with these driver update programs is headaches.

    • Stephen
      August 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Toshiba's driver updates page is an absolute mess, unfortunately.

  14. Andrew S
    July 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    crashed my computer by installing an incompatible driver

  15. marie
    July 26, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you Eric for sharing that bit of information about this company...I try to avoid anything that is from China because they are indeed unethical...thanks again.

    • Peter
      September 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Unethical. Like that company that makes your O/S particupating in prism.

  16. Vlado G
    July 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    best of software

  17. Eric S
    July 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I tend to stay away from Iobit. Not a very ethical company. Their products seem to slow systems down. A Chinese company known for distributing malware! Stay away!!

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