Display and export a list of all installed Windows drivers

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 9, 2014

Depending on the hardware installed and connected to your Windows PC, it may be necessary to install third-party drivers on the system to ensure that all devices work properly.

While Microsoft's generic drivers work may offer basic functionality, it may be necessary to use the drivers provided by the manufacturer for full feature support or support at all.

It can be quite difficult to troubleshoot driver related issues if you run into them on your system. One thing that may help is to display a list of all drivers installed on the system along with the state of the driver and other information.

Nir Sofer's newest application InstalledDriversList takes care of that. It is a free portable program for all recent versions of the Windows operating system that retrieves all drivers of the operating system and displays them in a table in its interface.

The program is provided as a 32-bit and 64-bit application, and you need to download and run the right version depending on whether you run a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.

The scanning should not take longer than one or two seconds. The portable program scans the system automatically on start, and displays all drivers afterwards in its interface.

The following information are displayed for each driver:

  • A color indicator. A green icon indicates that the driver is running on Windows kernel, a yellow that is is not, and a red icon that it is not running on Windows kernel but should be loaded automatically when Windows starts.
  • The driver name and its display name.
  • A description of the driver if available.
  • The driver's startup type.
  • The driver type, e.g. kernel or file system.
  • Error control specifies how Windows will proceed if a driver fails to load. Possible values are ignore, normal (proceeds but with warning), severe (startup has failed and is restarted using LastKnownGood configuration, proceeds then) or critical (same as severe but runs a debugging program instead of proceeding the second time).
  • The group.
  • Filename including its full path.
  • Driver file type, e.g. system driver, dynamic link library or unknown.
  • File creation and last modification date.
  • The size of the file.
  • The file description.
  • File version.
  • File company and product name.
  • Base memory address and end address.
  • Memory size.
  • Load count.

As you can see, lots of information. You can click on a table header to sort the listing using it. If you are looking for a particular driver, use Ctrl-F or Edit > Find to open search and locate it this way.

Some or all of the information displayed by the program can be exported. You can export it to an HTML file, text document, csv or xml files.


InstalledDriversList is a useful program that you may want to keep at hand or add it to your troubleshooting collection. It is portable, compatible with all versions of Windows, and has a size of less than 150 Kilobytes unpacked.

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  1. chesscanoe said on April 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    In Win7x64 Home, I found it necessary to right click on the .chm file and select properties, then select unblock. Now I can see it. I wish I could find a setting that would always “unblock”.

    1. chesscanoe said on April 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      The programmer author Nir Sofer told me re *.chm :
      “If you extract the help file using 7-zip file manager (http://www.7-zip.org/) or other non-Microsoft program that extract zip files , Windows will not detect that this file was downloaded from the Internet and thus it’ll not block it.”

  2. PhoneyVirus said on April 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Nice to see you digging through the Bookmarks, I knew you fine something in there, I think I played around with just about all of Nir Sofer software. They have a lot of cool, light and powerful applications. You should checkout ShellExView and ShellMenuView when you have time. Thanks for the little Tutorial.

  3. Bill said on April 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    This is excellent information. Thanks for writing about InstalledDriversList.

  4. steven said on April 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    ghacks.net home page is loading infinity today I have no issues with any other website so the problem isn’t on my site.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Which browser are you using?

      1. steven said on April 9, 2014 at 8:04 pm

        chromium but I got it sorted now seems one of your ads has some heavy script today cos after I put on my blocking hosts file everything is fine now.

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on April 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm

        If you let me know which ad it is, I contact the agency to have it pulled.

  5. Q said on April 9, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I particularly find the report of memory size and the base memory addresses and end addresses useful.

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