Driver Booster v6.6.0

A full review of Driver Booster, a free driver updater tool

Driver Booster v6 in Windows 8

Driver Booster is a free driver updater program for Windows that can automatically check for outdated drivers for your hardware on a routine basis, and even download and update all the drivers with one click!

Every driver package is downloaded directly through the program and batch downloading makes it easy to download multiple device driver updates with one click.

This review is of Driver Booster version 6.6.0. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

More About Driver Booster

Driver Booster pulls off almost everything I'd want a driver updater that I was designing myself to do:

  • Works with Windows 10, Windows 8, Window 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
  • Millions of device drivers are supported through Driver Booster
  • Definitions for those devices update automatically and frequently, meaning there's no need to manually update the program every time a new driver is added to the database
  • A driver's version number, size, and release date are clearly displayed next to each driver that needs to be updated (in the Driver Details window), helping to identify the size and age of a new driver before it gets updated
  • The list of outdated drivers can be exported to a TXT file, which includes the device name, class, vendor, current and available version, hardware ID, and compatible ID
  • Installation windows and other pop-ups are hidden to make installation as easy and quick as possible
  • The list of drivers found in Driver Booster are labeled according to the severity of the update, two examples being Extremely Old and Old
  • The computer can be set up to automatically reboot or shut down when the installation is finished¬†
  • Drivers that are already up to date are also shown, but in a separate section from the outdated ones
  • The number of days since you last scanned with Driver Booster is shown on the main screen
  • Driver Booster also scans for outdated game components, like Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft DirectX Runtime
  • An option in the settings lets you have Driver Booster auto-delete driver packages after they've been used for an installation, which is an easy way to make sure it's not collecting useless junk files
  • Tools is a section of Driver Booster that includes some tools for fixing sound errors, correcting network failures, cleaning up data related to unplugged devices, and fixing resolution issues by cleaning up driver data. There's also a "system information" area that shows details about the computer and operating system

Driver Booster Pros & Cons

As you can probably already tell by the size of the Pro section below, there's little not to like about Driver Booster:


  • Installs quickly
  • Lists updated drivers as well as outdated ones
  • Supports batch driver downloads and installs
  • Can automatically create a restore point before a driver is updated
  • Able to ignore a device so no updates are shown
  • Includes an option to remove installation data after an update so the hard drive can remain free of clutter
  • Can automatically scan for new updates on a daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis
  • Option to only show drivers that pass WHQL testing
  • Downloads are performed from directly inside the program and not through a browser
  • No limit on the number of drivers that can be downloaded and updated
  • Can uninstall and roll back drivers


  • Must have an internet connection even to properly scan for driver updates
  • Installer attempts to add another program to your computer
  • Pro version includes features not in the free version

My Thoughts on Driver Booster

If you're looking for an easy to use driver updater, Driver Booster is likely your best bet. In our testing, we didn't have any issues with downloads, and installs have never caused problems like BSOD errors or bricked hardware.

The updates found in Driver Booster aren't launched in a web browser, so you don't have to download these drivers manually like you might have to with other driver updater tools. That's far too much of a hassle that might even deter some from updating their drivers, and it can sometimes lead to clicking the incorrect download link.

Above, we mentioned that Driver Booster is unable to scan correctly unless an active internet connection is established (some driver updaters don't need a network connection to scan). It will look like it's working, but without a network connection, it will simply scan without using any factual update information, which unfortunately results in displaying an incorrect set of updates (or none at all).

Because there's also a professional version of Driver Booster, some features are limited in the free version. For example, more driver updates are found in the professional program and features like automatically downloading and backing up drivers, and automatic program updates, are not options in the free edition.