Free Driver Scout v1.0

A Full Review of Free Driver Scout, a Free Driver Updater Tool

Screenshot of Free Driver Scout in Windows 8
Free Driver Scout. © Freemium GmbH

Of all the free driver updater programs I've used, Free Driver Scout is definitely one of my favorites, mostly because it provides truly automated driver installs.

Free Driver Scout will search for, download, and install all of your outdated device drivers for you, automatically and without any further taps, clicks, or other work from you.

Download Free Driver Scout
[Freedriverscout.com | Download & Install Tips]

Note: This review is of Free Driver Scout version 1.0. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

More About Free Driver Scout

Support for most versions of Windows, along with a nice feature that's helpful prior to a major Windows upgrade, are a few of the features you'll find in Free Driver Scout:

  • Free Driver Scout finds and installs device drivers for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
  • Though not officially supported, it seems to work fine in Windows 10 as well
  • Once Free Driver Scout has found hardware that require driver updates, you can disable any of them from showing up in a future scan, which is helpful for any hardware that you don't want updated all the time
  • You can see the version number and release date of the currently installed driver, as well as the new, updated version date, helpful for verifying that the driver update is really what you wanted
  • Free Driver Scout can backup and restore some or all of the installed drivers for free
  • OS Migration Tool is a feature included in Free Driver Scout that lets you download device drivers for a different version of Windows (such as Windows 8 if you're running 7), which is helpful if you plan on updating Windows to a newer version

    Free Driver Scout Pros & Cons

    Automatic driver updating is of course one of the bigger benefits of using Free Driver Scout, but there are some other things to consider as well:

    Pros:

    • Program is really easy to install
    • Supports manual and scheduled scans
    • Updates can be configured to be installed automatically
    • Bulk downloads
    • No input is required while updates are being installed

    Cons:

    • Doesn't find as many outdated drivers as similar software does
    • Tries to install multiple unrelated programs during setup

    My Thoughts on Free Driver Scout

    After reading the pros and description from above, it's obvious Free Driver Scout is a really nice choice for a driver updater program if you don't want to have to think about running scans and downloads yourself. On top of that, you can backup drivers and even download drivers for a different OS, which is really great.

    However, as I mentioned above, Free Driver Scout simply didn't find as many outdated drivers as some other driver updater tools. This is obviously a turn off because even though the software does all the heavy lifting for you, it's hardly the best tool available if others are able to provide more information about outdated device drivers.

    Note: During setup, the installer tries to add a few unrelated programs to your computer along with the Free Driver Scout software.

    If you want to disable those programs from installing, you must click the Decline button for each offer.

    Download Free Driver Scout
    [Freedriverscout.com | Download & Install Tips]