DUMo scans your system for hardware driver updates

The new program Drivers Update Monitor (DUMo) tries to become for drivers what the Software Update Monitor is for programs: a go-to program to quickly check if updates are available to download and install them if that is the case.

While modern versions of Windows make it less necessary to run drivers created by hardware manufactures thanks to excellent driver support out of the box, it is sometimes necessary or beneficial to install updated drivers or specially created drivers.

Driver updates can fix issues that you are experiencing on your system, may improve stability or security, speed up the performance of the device, or introduce new features that were not available before.

The core problem here is that it is not that easy to find driver updates. First, you do need know the exact name and probably also the manufacturer before you can even begin to start the search.

Then, you need to make sure that updates are available, and that the downloads are hosted on websites that you trust.

DUMo changes that by automating the process as much as possible. All you need to do is run the software on your system to display the list of hardware components.

dumo driver updates

The program displays names, manufacturers and driver versions in its interface initially. You do need to click on the refresh button to scan for driver updates.

An Internet connection is required to do so. A scan should not take longer than a couple of seconds, and you will notice that the status column is filled with data afterwards.

Here you see whether the driver is up to date, or if an update is available.

You can double-click drivers to open the download page that offers information about the various versions that are available, or select the driver and click on the download button instead.

Both actions open a website that displays information about the driver, and the various versions that are available for it and obviously also about the latest version.

Downloads are not hosted on the developer's website though. Instead, a custom Google search is launched which in turn means that you will have to go through the results to find the most suitable website to download the driver.

Issues

The program lists many components that share the same driver. When you click on the download button, you are taken to pages specifically for each component, even though it shares drivers with a variety of other components.  This can be confusing for obvious reasons.

It is also important to verify that listed updates are available for the device and the operating system that is being used.

The program is offered in different versions, including a portable version that does not ship with third-party offers. If you download one of the installers, make sure you pay attention to the installation dialog to only install components that you want to install.

Verdict

DUMo is a helpful program, there is no doubt about that. It detects hardware and checks whether updates are available. While the Google Search option is not ideal in terms of downloads, it is not that much of a problem either even though you will have to go through the results listing to find the proper download website for the driver.

A filter to only display core components such as graphic cards, sound cards, network adapters or monitors would be a welcome addition as it would remove much of the noise of the device listing.

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Responses to DUMo scans your system for hardware driver updates

  1. leon February 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    the Drivers Update Monitor link directs back to ghacks

  2. Sylvio Haas February 23, 2014 at 1:40 am #

    Iobit Driver Booster does the whole job, you just have to click on "Update Now". And it's free!!

  3. cybernard February 23, 2014 at 2:44 am #

    Way TOO much adware and no better than slimdrivers

  4. Howard February 23, 2014 at 2:49 am #

    The problem with both SUMO and DUMO is that they only google possible links which themselves may not actually link to the legitimate hardware/software page.

    The free version of DriverMax, while only allowing 2 driver downloads a day, provides actual downloads from the sites which are generally reliable -- but can screw things up to on occasion. Best used after a backup or with a restore point creation by the program ... assuming your windows restore works.

  5. cybernard February 23, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    Iobit Driver Booster

    Right after install ad in your face. Had to decline a couple other ads. Even the uninstaller tried to get me to install another of there products.

    It does work.

    Slimdriver isn't as automatic, but no ads, (yet).

  6. Jason February 23, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    I am not a fan of the KC Software. Sumo, nor Dumo aren't very user friendly. They show an update, and take you to a page where you can google your driver. "realtek high definition audio driver" won't get the normal PC user very far. As Sylvio mentioned, Iobit does all the work for you. I still am hesitant to update without verifying the update myself, but is a useful tool to let me know an update is available.

  7. nerdz February 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    I dont like KC Software because of adware. and there is no adfree version of dumo (kcsoft calls it lite).
    the normal installer may contain sponsors like Relevant Knowledge (RK) and/or Somoto so be careful !

  8. uer April 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    OMG, nonstop: "Server error, please retry later" and in log "Too many invalid answers". No, thanks

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