DriverPack Solution v17

A full review of DriverPack Solution, a free driver updater tool

DriverPack Solution is a free driver updater tool that, with just a few clicks, finds the proper device drivers your computer needs and then downloads and installs them for you—no clicking through any wizards or installation prompts.

Because DriverPack Solution is so easy to use and free from the clutter that similar programs have, there are also some features you won't find in this tool.

This review is of DriverPack Solution version 17. Please let us know if there's a newer version we need to review.

How to Use DriverPack Solution

There are two ways to run this program:

Regular Mode

By default, after opening the setup file, DriverPack will run in "regular mode" where everything happens for you: your computer is prepared and the drivers you need are downloaded and installed for you.

DriverPack regular mode

This is different from the expert mode below because it's very much a hands-off approach at installing drivers. There's even a personal assistant that talks to you while it's working so that you know exactly what it's doing at all times.

Pick this mode if you're extremely new to getting driver updates and you don't care to selectively pick which ones get installed.

Expert Mode

The other way to get drivers with this tool is through "expert mode." Toggle the Run in the Expert Mode option after opening the program and you'll see a screen like the one shown below.

DriverPack Solution expert mode

DriverPack's expert mode gives you full control over what gets installed. Put a check in the box next to each driver update or driver toolkit you want to install.

Also available through this mode is a list of recommended programs in the Software tab to the left. Examples include the Opera web browser and some security tools. Select those to install them, if you want them.

Protection and cleanup is another aspect of this mode of DriverPack that identifies programs you might want to get rid of. You could consider this a potentially unwanted program finder like some security software include.

Diagnostics isn't related to drivers at all, but it is useful if you're curious what your computer manufacturer and model are. It also shows the Internet Explorer version number, your user name and computer name, motherboard details, and other things that you'd normally only find in a system information tool.

Finally, DriverPack Offline lets you install drivers even if you don't have internet access, which is a great idea if you plan to put drivers on a computer that doesn't have internet access. You can choose to download a massive set of several gigabytes worth of drivers or just drivers of certain categories, such as video card, network card, sound card, phone, card reader, webcam, and/or printer drivers. Then, just move the files to the PC without internet and you'll be able to install them.

More About DriverPack Solution

DriverPack Solution has all the driver updater tool features you'd expect:

  • Works with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
  • DriverPack Solution is a lightweight program that doesn't take long to download and connects to the internet for free online driver updates
  • It's completely portable and can be launched from any folder or hard drive or portable device, like a flash drive
  • Restore points are created automatically before driver installations
  • You can install all the needed drivers at once
  • Several languages are supported
  • Shows the driver version of the current driver as well as the version of the one that it can download to replace it
  • Can list all the drivers, even the ones that don't need updating
  • The website lets you download specific sets of drivers, like chipset, Bluetooth, sound, video, etc. Once you've downloaded, say, Bluetooth drivers, the archive has separate folders for different manufacturers like Logitech, Motorola, Realtek, Broadcom, etc.
  • There's an option in the settings to clear temporary files once the necessary data has been used. This helps keep your hard drive storage low
  • DriverPack Notifier can be enabled to monitor your computer for hardware or software failures

DriverPack Solution Pros & Cons

DriverPack Solution has all the basic features you need to update your drivers for free:

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Supports automated, no-prompt installs
  • Quick downloads
  • Supports bulk downloads
  • It's portable, so installation isn't required
  • Lots of settings you can customize

Cons:

  • Can't hide drivers from showing up in future scans
  • No option for scheduled scans
  • Sometimes seems slower than it should
  • Includes other features unrelated to driver updates

Thoughts on DriverPack Solution

DriverPack Solution is a great option if you're not familiar or interested in all the backup/restore options and other settings and screens that some similar driver updates have.

If a minimal driver updater program is something you're interested in, then definitely give this one a shot. However, we find that it sometimes takes a while to download drivers—longer than what we've seen in similar tools that update drivers.