Software & Apps Backup & Utilities 64 64 people found this article helpful Snappy Driver Installer 1.6.1 A Full Review of Snappy Driver Installer, a Free Driver Updater Tool By Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated April 01, 2020 Backup & Utilities Design Cryptocurrency MS Office Windows Linux Google Drive Apps File Types Backup & Utilities View More Tweet Share Email Snappy Driver Installer (SDI) is a powerful free driver updater tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if it can't find an active internet connection. Download Snappy Driver Installer This review is of Snappy Driver Installer version 1.6.1, released March 25, 2020. Please let us know if there's a newer version we need to review. More About Snappy Driver Installer Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XPDrivers are downloaded through Snappy Driver Installer in what are called driverpacks, which are just collections (packs) of drivers for various hardware like sound devices, video cards, etc.Options off to the side of Snappy Driver Installer (in Expert mode) let you filter the results to show drivers that aren't installed but need to be, drivers that are newer than what is installed, and display current or older drivers onlySnappy Driver Installer can also show duplicate drivers and invalid driversInformation for drivers can be seen like the manufacturer and HardwareID as well as the installed driver's and available driver's date and version numberYou can use Snappy Driver Installer to locate and open the INF file for installed driversUpdates that require you to restart your computer are called out as such so that it's easy to distinguish them from the rest; restarts don't happen automatically so that all of the drivers have a chance to install Snappy Driver Installer Pros & Cons There are plenty of features in Snappy Driver Installer that make it one of the better driver updaters: Pros: Downloads run through the program so you don't need to use a web browserCan download drivers for use offlineSupports bulk driver downloads and installsDownloads at full, unrestricted speedsNo limit to the number of downloads and updates that you can performCompletely free from advertisementsWill optionally create a Restore Point before driver installsIt's portable, so it doesn't need to be installed to your computer Cons: It's a little confusing to useCan't create a schedule that checks for updates My Thoughts on Snappy Driver Installer Snappy Driver Installer is a nice program for not only finding which of your devices require a driver update, but also finding the specific, proper driver that devices needs as well as actually installing the driver for you. Unfortunately, Snappy Driver Installer isn't nearly as easy to use as similar programs like Driver Booster or DriverPack Solution, but it's still pretty self-explanatory. After having Snappy Driver Installer download the driver updates your computer needs, you can use the side menu to select and install all of them. Something that I should mention again is how Snappy Driver Installer can be used for offline driver updates. I love this feature because it means you can download lots of drivers for many different devices at once, but not install any of them on that computer. You can then load those drivers into Snappy Driver Installer on any computer, even if it doesn't have a network connection. Download Snappy Driver Installer You'll see a few EXE application files for Snappy Driver Installer once you've downloaded the program from the link above. One is called SDIO_x64 and is for 64-bit versions of Windows. See Am I Running a 32-bit or 64-bit Version of Windows? if you need help choosing the right one.