Device Doctor v5.0

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

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!

However, it has a major limitation in that you can only download one driver per day.

This review is of Device Doctor version 5.0. Please let us know if there's a newer version we need to review.

More About Device Doctor

Device Doctor v5.0.162 in Windows 8

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

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:


  • Downloads drivers within the program
  • Easy to use
  • Scans for drivers very quickly
  • Check for updates on a schedule when idle
  • Portable version is available


  • Can only download one driver per day
  • 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
  • Doesn't automatically install the driver after downloading it
  • 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 don't like that you can't see much detail about the installed or new driver before you download it. Some drivers are really large, so it'd be nice to know the exact details for the new driver before choosing to download it and replace your existing one.

When it's all said and done, I'd recommend Device Doctor be downloaded as a portable program 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.

However, be aware that this driver updater tool only lets you download one driver per day for free.