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[Windows] Driver Booster makes it easy to update and install drivers

Driver Booster up to date [1]Updating drivers and staying top of frequent software revisions is one of the best ways to maintain performance on your PC. Most people don’t realize that driver updates can actually improve performance when it comes to select hardware. Especially when you start talking about graphics cards, as Nvidia is always updating their software. It can be difficult staying on top of everything, especially when Windows doesn’t always install the latest drivers for some of your hardware. Every once in a while there’s an obscure component or two, that needs manual updating. Driver Booster is a Windows application from the same developers as Advanced SystemCare, IObit, which will scan your machine and tell you what drivers are out of date.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Driver Booster after scan [2]Driver Booster is a convenient tool that will scan your computer and let you know what drivers are out of date. Not only that, it will also direct you to the most current version as necessary.

Take note Driver Booster comes in two versions, Free and PRO. IObit is very cheeky and does not explicitly explain what are the feature differences between Free and PRO. From what I can tell, PRO has the ability to update all drives in one click and has “300% higher updating speed”.

It is worth noting that we have reviewed v2.0 of this software, which is currently in Beta stage. If you don’t want to use the Beta version, you can use v1.0. As far as we can tell, all the features mentioned in this review are found in both v1.0 and v2.0.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

Driver Booster UI [3]As soon as you start the application, you will be presented with the main menu. It’s quite straightforward really as it displays your driver status, how many drivers are out of date and a single “scan” button.

Obviously, clicking on the scan button will start a system driver scan. On my desktop and laptop the scan took only a few short seconds. I can’t speak for all machines, but the process appears to be relatively quick. If a driver is out of date, then the application will prompt you to download the necessary update, or updates, and then install them.

Driver Booster downloading updates [4]You can update each driver individually, or you can perform all updates at once. The program will then download the related files and install the drivers on your computer. Before installing –after downloading- the application will automatically create a restore point in case something goes awry. Since the Windows operating system already does this, it’s not exactly an intuitive feature but at least it’s there.

As soon as the driver updates have installed, the app will prompt you to reboot the system as necessary.

In addition, Driver Booster adds a notification icon to the system tray, which allows you to access the application settings, system restore function and check for software updates. It runs quietly in the background, and it’s set to start with Windows by default. You can change this behavior through the application settings on the general tab.

Driver Booster creating restore point [5]In the app settings you can designate how often Driver Booster scans for updates, where the saved drivers are stored and whether or not they’re deleted after a successful install, and add devices to a blacklist where any future software updates will be ignored. The blacklist or “ignore” tab is best for hardware where you need a specific driver version, like if you rollback to an older version for stability.

You can also setup the app so that it scans the internet through a proxy.

For reference, Driver Booster uses about 9MB of RAM while running, so it’s fairly lightweight.

Conclusion and download link

Driver Booster reboot needed [6]Driver Booster is a convenient application for Windows that will scan your system hardware and alert you as to whether or not any of your drivers need to be updated. If they do need to be updated, the application will handle the download and install process. It will also create a system restore point before installing any software revisions or updates.

Realistically, Driver Booster doesn’t do anything special that you can’t do manually if you’re a power user. For that matter, it doesn’t do anything different than what can be accomplished via Windows Update for many drivers. However, Driver Booster is relatively light on system resources, and it can be set by default to run quietly in the background and start with Windows so it makes the entire driver update and install process easier than normal… making it best suited for casual PC users. Check it out if you need such functionality.

Price: Free, $28.95 per year for PRO

Version reviewed: 2.0 (Beta)

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Download size: 5.40MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46 [7]

Is it portable? No

Driver Booster Free homepage [8] | Driver Booster PRO homepage [9]