Pros / DriverFinder excels at finding your computer’s drivers.
Cons / It lacks a one-click fix option, meaning you always have to run updates manually.
Verdict / While the software identifies more drivers than many other options we reviewed and is compatible with all recent Windows versions, its lack of automatic updates and ease of use hinder it.
If you don’t mind doing some of the work in updating your system’s drivers, DriverFinder is a viable option for you. While the driver update software automatically scans your computer and downloads updates, opening and installing the updates is a manual process, which can be a daunting task if you are a novice computer user. Still, the driver software has a few other handy features that attempt to balance out this con.
During our testing, DriverFinder identified 101 out of 277 outdated drivers, which was above average. However, with this test, even the best results were still poor. For example, Smart Driver Updater was the most successful app, and it found just 126 drivers – a 45 percent success rate. Fortunately, DriverFinder was much better than Driver Checker, which found just 59 drivers.
After identifying the drivers, the app provides general information about how out of date they are. You can even view basic details about their sources, though it doesn’t show you advanced details. There is also an option to back up your drivers, which is nice to have in case of a crash or faulty update.
Unlike the best driver updaters on our lineup, DriverFinder requires you to manually install driver updates. While this may be a non-issue for advanced and even some intermediate computer users, it’s a major roadblock for those who aren’t as experienced. If you aren’t sure where your files download to, or even what kinds of files to look for and open, you’ll be left stranded with any program that doesn’t automatically install your updates. However, the software does source its updates from compatible original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which provides peace of mind.
On top of requiring manual updates, DriverFinder also lacks any sort of scheduling function. Rather than periodically scanning your computer and alerting you when an update is available, you have to remember to do it yourself. The software also isn’t as intuitive as other options. A few functions have large, clearly labeled buttons, but some of the advanced functions are somewhat difficult to find. On the plus side, the software has an exclusion and uninstall option, which gives you control over what gets updated or deleted.
This driver updater software is backed by great customer service, though the company doesn’t offer as many direct contact options as others do. While you can contact its support team via email, we couldn’t find a phone option. This means you may be delayed in getting a response from it. However, if you know you have a simple question or just want to learn more about the product, you can check out the company’s website, as it has a few educational resources available.
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DriverFinder found more system drivers than most other products on our lineup and even has an exclusion option, which gives you good control over your drivers. It allows you to backup and restore your drivers, and it uses properly sourced updates. However, it doesn’t reveal enough version details and has no schedule or uninstall option. It also requires you to install all updates manually, which takes time and is not easy for novice users.