Device Doctor v3.1

A Full Review of Device Doctor, a Free Driver Updater Tool

Screenshot of Device Doctor v3.1 in Windows
Device Doctor v3.1. © DeviceDoctor.com

Device Doctor is a free driver updater tool for Windows that's simple to use and can even be run from a portable drive, meaning there's no requirement to install anything!

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Note: This review is of Device Doctor version 3.1.

More About Device Doctor

As I mentioned, Device Doctor is really easy to use, partly because there's just very little to the program itself:

  • Designed forĀ Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, but may also work for Windows 10 and Windows 8
  • Device Doctor occasionally updates its database to support more devices. You'll be prompted to update Device Doctor when these are pushed down to the program

Device Doctor Pros & Cons

The fact that Device Doctor comes in a portable format is great, but the lack of details about new vs existing drivers is really unfortunate:

Pros:

  • Drivers can be downloaded at max speeds
  • No limit on the number of updates you can perform
  • Easy to use
  • Scans for drivers very quickly
  • Check for updates on a schedule when idle
  • Portable version is available

Cons:

  • Drivers must be downloaded manually and one at a time through a web browser
  • There's a delay before downloads begin
  • Does not offer to create a restore point before updating drivers
  • No version number or date is shown next to a needed driver update
  • Doesn't work unless you have an Internet connection
  • An advertisement is shown every time the program closes

My Thoughts on Device Doctor

As I said twice above, this program really is very simple to use. There are hardly any settings and it's not at all confusing to scan for and download driver updates.

However, I really dislike the fact that you can't download driver updates directly from the Device Doctor program.

Results are sent to a web page where you have to manually download them.

Also, I don't like that when Device Doctor sends the results to a web page for downloading the updates, there is hardly any information about it. By this I mean the release date of the new update isn't displayed, nor is the version number. All that's shown is the download size, which is hardly helpful.

When it's all said and done, I'd recommend Device Doctor be downloaded as a portable program (from the builds download page) and placed on a removable device, like a flash drive, to be used when you are unable to update drivers normally due to some kind of problem on the computer.

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