DriverScanner from Uniblue – Update Your Outdated Drivers

Incredibly, computer products/peripherals are often distributed with under tested device and system drivers, which can cause real mayhem including intermittent system crashes (one of the hardest problems to diagnose), poor system performance, or buggy peripheral performance.

Manufacturers of course, are not slackers when it comes to improving previously released drivers in order to fix bugs, errors and conflicts with other programs, (more common than you may think), or to increase peripheral functionality. For example, my HP home printer has had three improved drivers released in the past two years that have increased stability and functionality somewhat.

If you want to take a trip on the “Frustration Express” then you can try to update your drivers manually. Believe me; you’ll be in for one hell of a ride.

You’ll start by Googling the driver name, then investigation available drivers, many of which will have a disclaimer stating that it was not written specifically for your system/device, you’ll try it – then delete it and then your back to Googling again. Repeat the previous frustrating experience as many times as necessary and you might get lucky.

Uniblue Systems, a Microsoft Gold Certified provider and one of my favorite socially conscious software developers, who are noted in the computer tech community for freely providing, as a public service, the invaluable system tools ProcessLibrary, ProcessQuickLink, and ProcessScanner, has just released a terrific utility that takes care of all these problems for you.

DriverScanner will quickly scan your system, determine the drivers that have updates available, and will download and install the updated drivers which can provide you with increased system stability and more reliable system and peripheral performance. On my test bed system, DriverScanner found, in seconds, seven drivers that needed updating. Considering what I do for a living, and how fastidious I am in system maintenance, I was very impressed.

DriverScanner doesn’t stop there though.

Consider the last time you had to do a full re-install of Windows, (if you haven’t yet you will), and you discovered that the most frustrating part of the process was the installation of all those device drivers. The hassle you had searching high and low for the original install CD’s or worse, spending hours on the Internet tracking down those hard to pin down drivers.

DriverScanner makes it easy to backup and reinstall all your Windows drivers. Using DriverScanner, you simply backup and restore to and from external devices.

This is a great little application that should be part of your system and recovery toolbox.

Quick facts:

Driver scanner engine works via a single click

Identification of drivers requiring an update

Download of updated drivers specific to the hardware and OS

Comprehensive driver download history

Driver backup and restore to and from external devices

Triggering installations of the upgrades

Backup of current drivers and restore feature

Use of restore points as a backup plan in case of faulty drivers

Reporting of defective drivers directly from the interface

Clear and simple to use interface.

This is a great little application that should be part of your recovery toolbox.

Requirements: Windows XP, Vista

Download the trial version at Uniblue

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8 responses to “DriverScanner from Uniblue – Update Your Outdated Drivers

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  3. My problem with driver scanner that they require lots of upkeep from developers… So they are either crap or expensive. :)

    I wish manufacturers started using some unified information format for drivers like PAD files or something.

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  5. As a repair tech, and all-around Geek and Gamer, I am well aware of the optimizing qualities of updating your device drivers. I am somewhat fanatic about doing so.

    I installed and ran this program on a 6 month-old laptop running Vista Home Premium, that I was fairly sure (about as sure as one can be when dealing with PC’s) was completely up to date.
    After a very quick scan, DriverScanner reported 18 outdated drivers (well, 17 and a CODEC). Impressive!

    Using the built-in Download/Install feature truly was “one-click simple”.. again, impressive! [note: I did have to click on "unzip" after one download before I could proceed to Install.]

    I was also very glad to see a “Risk Rating” for each suggested driver download.

    It is not often that a new program impresses me, but this one did. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  6. hazel_2k

    I have install RegistryBooster and SpeedUpMyPC, but first I have install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. All installation went fine and works great. But I have failed to install DriverScanner. I don’t know what’s wrong, installation process keep in progress but did not reach even 1%. It was like ‘not responding’ while installation in progress. Please help what’s wrong with the installation.

    Thank you.

  7. Keegan

    If you’re on Vista then the Registry Booster might be holding you up…I’d uninstall the RB and SpeedUp…restart…then install Uniblue. I found on Vista that EasyCleaner does a good job on the reg cleanup and doesn’t cause any problems. Vista can be a bit twitchy about PC cleanup tools.