It is sometimes a good idea to get an overview of all computer hardware drivers that are loaded in the operating system. We all know that outdated or incompatible drivers can lead to all kinds of computer related problems including crashes, performance issues or even data loss.
Driver View is a quality computer software that has been designed for exactly that purpose. It will create a listing of all computer drivers that are loaded into system memory. The listing contains extensive information about each driver including the name, company and product name, modified date, description, file type and filename.
You can sort the listing by any value, for instance by address, name of the driver file or product name.
The software highlights non-Microsoft drivers and offers the additional option to hide all Microsoft drivers in the listing.It is recommended to hide the Microsoft drivers, that is drivers that were supplied by Microsoft, from the view to get a better overview of third party drivers installed on your system. Each column is sortable which makes it easier to find specific drivers in the long listing. A search is integrated in the software as well which can be very useful if you are looking for a specific file name in the list.
It is possible to export the data into various formats including html, text or csv. It is furthermore possible to generate reports from the command line. Driver View is another excellent Nirsoft application that is compatible with most Windows operating systems including Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Update: REcent versions of the program have improved compatibility with newer versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. The web page lists that it is fully compatible with Windows 7 and windows Server 2008 R2. Note that it also runs without issues on Windows 8.
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