DriverIdentifier v5.2

A Full Review of DriverIdentifier, a Free Driver Updater Tool

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DriverIdentifier v5.0. © DriverIdentifier.com
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DriverIdentifier is a simple and easy to use free driver updater tool that gives you access to over 27 million device driver downloads.

Among other features, the program can be run from a portable location and even works without an Internet connection.

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Note: This review is of DriverIdentifier version 5.2. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

More About DriverIdentifier

DriverIdentifier supports all versions of Windows and is very clear about what you have, and what you're getting:

  • Finds driver for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
  • DriverIdentifier works by showing you download links to driver updates that are compatible with your computer, where you must then download these updates and run them on your computer manually
  • The release date and version number of the driver that's currently installed as well as that of the new, updated driver version are shown on the download page
  • Some, if not all, of the drivers you download from DriverIdentifier are direct links from the manufacturer's website

DriverIdentifier Pros & Cons

While it's easy to use, and gives lots of helpful information before you pull the trigger, the registration and lack of auto-checking is really too bad:

Pros:

  • Very simple and easy to use
  • Provides useful details about the driver updates
  • Works even without an Internet connection
  • Available as a portable program
  • Though common with similar software, DriverIdentifier doesn't try to install unrelated programs during setup

Cons:

  • Doesn't automatically check for outdated drivers

My Thoughts on DriverIdentifier

DriverIdentifier is probably one of the simplest driver updater programs I've ever used. There's similar software that's also pretty simple to use, but definitely not this easy.

The program is very lightweight and has zero settings. You just need to open it and click one button to get started.

Aside from the lack of relatively common features like scheduled scans and the requirement of a user account to download drivers, DriverIdentifier also makes you take a few additional steps to get a download started than you would have to take if you used similar, more advanced software, like Driver Booster.

To download drivers with DriverIdentifier, you're taken to a webpage that has a list of download links. If you're not 100% sure what you're looking for, you could very easily download the wrong driver and possibly cause problems with your computer.

However, a feature you'll find with DriverIdentifier that is not present in most other driver updater tools is an offline scanner. Just tick the check mark called I do not have internet connection to force the program to save the results to a file that you can then open on a computer that does have access to the Internet.

This is a very useful feature that could help you out a lot if you're in a situation where the computer you need the drivers installed on doesn't have access to the Internet.

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Note: The portable version of DriverIdentifier is available from one of their blog posts.