Review: Driver update utilities

Updating drivers is no thrillfest, but out-of-date drivers cause big headaches.

By Liane Cassavoy, PC World |  Software, driver update, utilities

If you're using the free trial of PerfectUpdater, your experience ends here. But if you are using the paid version, you can move on to the updating process: You can select which drivers you'd like to update, and once it begins, the process is seamless. And it even creates a system restore point for you automatically--a useful thing that's all too easy to neglect to do manually.

Read the full review and download PerfectUpdater ($30, free demo).

DriverScanner

Uniblue's DriverScanner 2012 works very much like rivals Perfect Updater and Driver Reviver. It scans your Windows PC for out-of-date drivers as soon as you launch the app, and quickly reports back to you on the status of your system. DriverScanner 2012 has an attractive visual interface. The offending items are listed with an icon that immediately makes it apparent whether your drivers are "old," "very old," or "ancient." DriverScanner uses large icons to identify the drivers, too, making it easier to tell when the application is talking about a sound controller instead of a USB controller, for example.

I don't like how the app devotes time to hawking Uniblue's other products, but I do like how DriverScanner's overview tab makes it easy to gauge the overall health of your PC. Much like Driver Reviver, it offers a summary of your PC's current state, listing the number and severity of outdated drivers. Unlike Driver Reviver's text-heavy list, though, Driver Scanner uses a graphical "System Barometer" that is easy to check at a glance.

Read the full review and download DriverScanner ($30, free demo).


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