11 Free Driver Updater Tools

Easily update your hardware's drivers with these free tools

Driver updater tools do just what you're probably thinking - they help you update some or all of the device drivers installed in Windows for your computer's hardware.

These free driver updater programs make it easy to keep your drivers updated. Use one, and you won't need to deal with Device Manager so much, nor will you need to go find the right driver from your hardware maker yourself.

Important: You absolutely do not have to use free driver updater software to update drivers and be sure to never, ever pay for one! These programs are for your convenience only. See How Do I Update Drivers in Windows? for steps on manually updating hardware drivers, a process you're more than capable of doing, trust me.

Screenshot of Driver Booster v4.0.3 in Windows 8
Driver Booster.

Driver Booster is the best free driver updater program. It's compatible with all versions of Windows and makes updating drivers simple.

Driver Booster can be scheduled to automatically find outdated drivers. When new updates are found, you can easily start downloading them from inside the Driver Booster program so you don't need to go out to an internet browser to grab them.

Before you install a driver, you can see how the new driver version compares with the currently installed driver, which is helpful.

I like that Driver Booster creates a restore point before installing a driver in the event something goes wrong with the installation.

There's an option in the settings to install drivers in the background, which hides installation wizards and other popup messages. This is handy so you don't have to click through so many windows when installing new drivers.

Driver Booster 4.4.0 Review & Free Download

Driver Booster works in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. More »

Screenshot of Free Driver Scout in Windows 8
Free Driver Scout.

Free Driver Scout is an amazing driver updater because it provides true automatic updating.

This means the program will automatically scan for any required updates, automatically download the updates, and then automatically install them, without requiring any input from you, which can't be said for any other program in this list.

Device drivers can be excluded from a scan with Free Driver Scout so they don’t show up as needing an update in the future.

Another great feature in Free Driver Scout is the ability to backup and restore drivers. The program lets you backup some or all of your drivers and then easily restore them again if you need to.

Also included in Free Driver Scout is an extremely helpful tool called the OS Migration Tool. You would run this tool if you’re going to install a different Windows operating system to your computer. It will find the device drivers for the new OS and save them to a custom location, like a flash drive. Then, when you have the other Windows operating system installed, you can use the same tool to restore those OS-specific drivers so you don’t have to worry about finding the device drivers again.

Free Driver Scout 1.0 Review & Free Download

Note: Though Free Driver Scout is a very nice program, it didn't find as many outdated drivers as Driver Booster, which is why I've chosen this place for it in the list.

Free Driver Scout is compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP. I tested v1.0 in Windows 10 too, and it seemed to work without any issues. More »

Screenshot of DriverPack Solution in Windows 8
DriverPack Solution.

DriverPack Solution has a user interface that's easier to use than most of the others on this list. There are only a few buttons and definitely no confusing screens or options.

This program supports bulk downloads and automated installs so you don't have to click through any installation wizards.

When you first open DriverPack Solution, you can choose to download and install all of the drivers automatically or to manually choose for yourself which ones you want to update.

There's also some basic system information included in DriverPack Solution.

DriverPack Solution 17 Review & Free Download

DriverPack Solution supports Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. More »

Screenshot of Snappy Driver Installer in Windows 8
Snappy Driver Installer.

Snappy Driver Installer is another free driver updater tool that's a bit like DriverPack Solution, listed above.

You can download multiple drivers at once for many different types of devices. After they're downloaded, the program gives you immediate access to install the updates... with or without an internet connection.

Snappy Driver Installer is super easy to use doesn't even need to be installed. This means you can use something like an external hard drive to transport and install the downloaded drivers on any other computer.

Snappy Driver Installer 1.17.7.1 (R1771) Review & Free Download

Snapper Driver Installer also has zero advertisements, doesn't limit download speeds, and can install as many drivers as you need, without any limitations.

This program works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. More »

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Screenshot of SlimDrivers v2.2 in Windows 8
SlimDrivers.

SlimDrivers is a free program that can update outdated drivers, backup currently installed drivers, and uninstall drivers.

You can create a schedule that SlimDrivers will follow to always keep you current on what drivers need updating.

When SlimDrivers finds an update to a driver, you can clearly see the release date of the currently installed driver next to the date of the update. This helps raise confidence that the update is real and not a glitch in the program.

While testing SlimDrivers, it seemed to find an extra update or two that some of the other programs in this list missed. If you're using another driver updater and it missed something you expected, SlimDrivers might be worth a try.

SlimDrivers Free 2.3 Review & Free Download

Note: During the installation of SlimDrivers, you may be asked to install a toolbar or another program, but it's easy to skip.

SlimDrivers works in Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP. Windows 10 isn't officially supported, but I was able to run SlimDrivers without any problems. More »

Screenshot of Driver Talent in Windows 8
Driver Talent.

Driver Talent (previously called DriveTheLife) is a very easy to use driver updater program that lets you download device drivers through a program so you don't have to search the internet for official download links.

This program not only can update outdated and missing drivers but also fix corrupted ones and backup all your installed drivers for you.

The size of a driver as well as its release date and version number are displayed for you before you download it so you can be sure you're getting what you're after.

An alternative version is available that includes network drivers and works offline, which is perfect if you need to install drivers but don't have the proper network driver installed.

Driver Talent 6.5.53.158 Review & Free Download

While using Driver Talent, I noticed the program itself installed on my computer in less than 5 seconds, and most of the driver updates downloaded at top speed, which was really nice.

Driver Talent can be installed in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. More »

Screenshot of Device Doctor v4.0.1 in Windows
Device Doctor.

Device Doctor is a really simple and easy to use driver update program. It can be downloaded as a regular program or as a portable one that doesn't need to be installed.

You can schedule scans to check for outdated drivers and then when an update is found, you'll be taken to a website to manually download it.

Because you have to download updates outside of Device Doctor, you may sometimes need to unzip driver files before using them. You can do that with a file unzip tool.

Device Doctor 4.0.1 Review & Free Download

Device Doctor is designed to find drivers for Windows XP up through Windows 10. More »

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Screenshot of DriverMax v9.0 in Windows 8
DriverMax v9.0. © Innovative Solutions

DriverMax is a free Windows program that can update outdated drivers. Unfortunately, it's limited in a few areas.

In addition to updating old drivers, DriverMax can backup some or all of the currently installed drivers, restore backed up drivers, roll back drivers, and identify unknown hardware.

I found that DriverMax discovered a significantly higher number of outdated drivers than every other program from this list did. I checked the version numbers against the currently installed drivers and they all seemed to be valid updates.

DriverMax 9.36 Review & Free Download

Note: DriverMax can only download 2 drivers per day and 10 drivers per month, and can only download one driver at a time. You can still check for outdated drivers, but you're limited to how many you can actually download. I talk more in my review about why this isn't as bad of a limit as it might sound.

DriverMax finds drivers for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. More »

Screenshot of DriversCloud.com
DriversCloud.com.

DriversCloud (previously called Ma-Config) is a free web service that finds detailed information about your hardware and software, including outdated drivers.

This works by downloading a program that allows a web browser to gather information from your computer.

From the website, you can find categories such as BSOD Analysis, My Drivers, Autorun, Network Configuration, and other areas you can browse through.

DriversCloud 10.0.4.0 Review & Free Download

When you need to update a driver, you can see the full information on what the new driver details are versus the currently installed driver. You can see the version number, manufacturer, INF file name and date, and hardware ID.

Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, and Windows 2000 users can install DriversCloud. More »

Screenshot of DriverIdentifier v5.0
DriverIdentifier.

DriverIdentifier is an extremely simple, yet very useful free driver updater program.

You can scan for drivers if you don't have an internet connection, which is super nice if your network card driver isn't working. When the scan is complete, DriverIdentifier will have you save the list of drivers to an HTML file.

Just open the file on a computer that does have an internet connection so the DriverIdentifier website can cross-reference the results with their databases. Drivers that need updating will have an Update link next to them.

DriverIdentifier 5.1 Review & Free Download

There's also a portable version of DriverIdentifier available.

Note: You must create a free account at DriverIdentifier to download driver updates.

DriverIdentifier finds Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP drivers. More »

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Screenshot of Driver Easy v5.5.0 in Windows 8
Driver Easy v5.5.0.

Driver Easy is another program used to find updates for drivers in Windows, and it's free for both personal and commercial use.

Schedule a scan with Driver Easy to check for outdated drivers and prompt you to download an update. A scan can be scheduled daily, weekly, monthly, when your PC is idle, or even every time you log on to Windows.

I like that Driver Easy can download drivers from inside the program without the need to open an external web browser.

There are additional features included in Driver Easy as well, like viewing hardware information and scanning for driver updates when you don't have an internet connection. There's also an online version of the scanner that condenses the program into a simple scanner without all the extra features.

Driver Easy 5.5.2 Review & Free Download

Note: The speed at which I was allowed to download updates through Driver Easy was very slow - much slower than with the other programs in this list.

Driver Easy can be used in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. More »