It’s a pain trying to keep all your disparate Windows drivers up to date, and when you don’t it can cause a multitude of problems. Normally, you’d manage drivers yourself either installing them via Windows Update or by downloading them from the manufacturer’s website.

With a Nvidia GPU, for example, you have to navigate to Nvidia’s website to download and install the latest drivers. It’s the same for an AMD GPU, or alternate components like sound cards, controllers and peripherals, and more.

While not too bothersome, it can certainly be a long and drawn out process especially if you’ve lapsed in keeping your system up-to-date.

Luckily, there are a bunch of driver updater tools that can scan your system and download all the necessary drivers and content.

Keep in mind, this is absolutely a tool you do not need. Therefore, you probably should not pay for a driver tool or start a subscription. Don’t worry, there are plenty of free tools available.

Note: Because many of the applications listed here are free or freeware, that means the developers use other means to make money. You may be asked during the install process to download or install third-party apps. Just be aware of this and deny the prompts if and when they appear.

1. Driver Booster

Driver Booster

Driver Booster is hands-down one of the best — if not the best — free driver updater tool available. It works with all versions of Windows, old and new, and simplifies the driver download and install process.

A scheduling tool allows you to set a recurring cycle for driver updates. It’s always best to set them late at night when you’re not using your computer, obviously.

All downloads and updates are done from within the Driver Booster application, which means you aren’t sent to a browser or third-party sites. It’s convenient and helps you keep everything simple.

Furthermore, Driver Booster creates a restore point before every update just in case something goes wrong.

2. DriverPack Solution

DriverPack Solution

DriverPack Solution excels at simplifying the driver update process. There aren’t many options on the main screen, just a single “Install All” button that streamlines the whole thing.

That said, you can choose to manually install select drivers, as well. For instance, there’s a list of all outdated drivers, with corresponding toggles for each. If you don’t want one downloaded and installed you just disable it.

There are no extra functions like a scheduling tool, but it gets the job done. It also claims to fix any problems you’re having with your computer as a result of outdated or incompatible drivers, but your mileage will vary.

3. Free Driver Scout

Free Driver Scout

So long as you leave Free Driver Scout running in the background, it will automatically scan for new driver updates, download them, and then install with no input from you.

Now, this can make things a little tricky if you like to keep older drivers for certain devices — like a more compatible video card driver — but you can just exclude what you don’t want to be changed in the settings.

You can also backup and restore drivers. This is great if there’s an update and it breaks something, which does occasionally happen. You can always roll back to a working driver to get your computer running smoothly again.

It’s a great tool if you want to be more hands-off. Yes, there are options to manually choose what’s updated and what isn’t, so you get the best of both worlds.

4. Snappy Driver Installer

Snappy Driver Installer

SnappyDriver actually has a lot of parallels to DriverPack Solution, but then again, that’s to be expected considering they’re both freeware driver updater tools.

SnappyDriver excels at both online and offline use. More importantly, you can install this as a portable app on something like a USB drive or storage card There are no advertisements to deal with either, despite the app being totally free.

5. DriverIdentifier

DriverIdentifier

DriverIdentifier is incredibly simple and can be used offline without a connection. But before you can begin downloading drivers, you will need to sign-up for a free account.

The way it works is actually pretty ingenious. All drivers are saved to an HTML file, which can be opened locally, or it can be stored on a USB drive and opened on another computer — presumably one with internet access.

When you open the file on a device with an active connection, you can click the convenient Download link next to each entry.

Otherwise, DriverIdentifier works great to update all your outdated drivers. Keep in mind, they all have to be downloaded and installed manually. There are no schedule options either, so the app can only complete the update process when you’re right there.

6. Driver Talent

Driver Talent

Originally called DriveTheLife, the now renamed application offers an intuitive and easy to use interface. Driver Talent can purportedly update your outdated drivers, find missing drivers, and fix corrupt content.

You can also backup installed drivers and create backups before changes are made, just in case you need to rollback.

A portable version allows you to install network drivers and basic drivers on offline devices, which is great if you’re having problems on another computer.

7. DriversCloud

DriversCloud

DriversCloud was once named Ma-Config, and as the name implies is offered via the cloud instead of a conventional application. You download a plugin or add-on, essentially, that allows the website to gather information about drivers and devices on your computer.

The report tool then lists crucial information, such as what drivers are out of date, which ones may be corrupt or incompatible, and more.

The downside to this is that, yes, you are effectively sharing information about your machine via the cloud, which can be a turn-off for some.

In addition, DriversCloud is much more hands-on as you have to manually install all driver updates and changes — it’s not handled automatically like some of the other tools on this list.

It doesn’t offer bulk downloads or updates either, you have to handle each change separately which can be tedious if you have a lot of drivers to update.

That said, there are a lot of details about particular drivers and update packages. You can install Beta updates for newer devices, for example, and you can also filter for WHQL certified drivers only. You’re in full power.

8. Driver Easy

Driver Easy

If you’re looking for another driver tool that allows you to schedule downloads and installs, Driver Easy fits the bill. You can set scans to run daily, weekly, monthly or even when your PC is idle.

As with many of the apps here, Driver Easy can download and install drivers from directly within the app.

Driver scans are carried out relatively quick, as are the downloads. You can also scan for updates even when you don’t have an internet connection — it requires at least one prior scan of your hardware, however.

9. DriverHub

DriverHub

It may be last on the list, but DriverHub is still a great tool with plenty of features. You can download and install drivers from directly within the app.

It also allows you to back up all currently installed drivers, as well as restore them at any time. In fact, there’s an entire section for system recovery.

Make sure you pay attention during the install process though, or you’ll end up installing McAfee WebAdvisor and Adaware Web Companion with it. Tick the appropriate boxes when they appear to prevent them from installing.

There are a few typos here and there too, like “founded” instead of found.

Bottom Line

Although some of the features may vary, everything you see listed here works great and will help make the driver download and update process much easier for you. Even better, they all offer either completely free or freeware versions.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to respond.