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.
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.
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.
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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