I'm not a big fan of applications that scan a system for hardware driver updates, as it can happen that updates are suggested that are either not compatible with the installed hardware, or not beneficial to the system. These programs have their purpose, but only for users who care to double-check suggested driver updates before they install the drivers on their system. Users who just blindly install the suggested drivers may end up with a broken system.
DriverIdentifier is a free application that scans all drivers currently installed on the system to compare their versions with the latest recorded version in the service's database.
The program needs to be installed on the system before it can be run. A click on the Scan Drivers button checks the PC's hardware and installed drivers. This takes about 30 seconds before results are opened in the default web browser. That's one of the issues that some users may have with the program, as some would prefer the list to be displayed on the desktop and not the web.
The web page lists general information about the PC at the top, and below that a large listing of drivers that are installed on the system.
Drivers are listed with their name, the manufacturing company, the version and release date. Outdated drivers are listed at the top, with every other driver listed below that. Download links are listed for all outdated drivers to download driver updates directly or find updates with the help of the Google search engine.
There is unfortunately no option to filter out drivers, for instance all Microsoft first-party drivers, to improve the accessibility of the list.
How is DriverIdentifier comparing to a software like DriverEasy? DriverEasy displays results in the program window on the desktop, which is way more comfortable than a web listing. The software furthermore filters results by unknown or outdated drivers, and lists download and installation options right in its interface.
The downside is that the free version does not support backups or uninstallation of drivers, limits the available bandwidth for driver downloads and does not create system restore points when driver updates are installed.
DriverIdentifier is compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft windows operating system.
Update: Please note that the program will install a toolbar and modify the default search provider and homepage if you do not disable the installation by selecting the custom option instead of the quick installation option.
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