Easily update your hardware's drivers with these free toolsDriver updater tools do just what you're probably thinking—they help you update some or all of the device drivers installed in Windows for your computer's hardware.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall:Driver Booster
“…makes updating drivers simple because it does all the heavy-lifting for you.”
Best for Offline Driver Installs: DriverPack
“…includes just the network driver so that you can get your internet working again…”
Best for Info Beyond Just Drivers: DriversCloud
“…locates detailed information about your hardware and software, including outdated drivers.”
Best for Scheduled Driver Scans: Driver Easy
“…differs from some free driver updaters in that it can check for outdated drivers automatically based on a schedule.”
We’ve tested each of them and can confirm that they really are free and that they really do offer driver downloads, not just scan for potential updates like some “free” driver updaters.
Use one, and you won’t need to deal with Device Manager so much, nor will you need to go find the right driver from your hardware maker yourself.
Driver Booster is the best options. It’s compatible with all versions of Windows and makes updating drivers simple because it does all the heavy-lifting for you.
It runs automatically to find outdated drivers, and with support for over 3 million drivers, there’s a good chance it’ll find what you need. When new updates appear, they’re downloaded from inside the program, so you can avoid having to get them manually from each manufacturer’s website.
Before installing a driver, you can see how the new version compares with the currently installed driver, which is helpful. Driver Booster creates a restore point before installing a driver in the event something goes wrong with the installation.
There’s also an offline updater built-in. From the tools category, choose the offline option to export the driver information, and then open that file on a computer that has a working internet connection. Read Driver Booster’s offline driver updater instructions for all the details.
Other functions are available, too: roll back drivers, uninstall drivers, ignore drivers, export list of drivers to a text file, enable Game Boost to release system resources, and view system information details.
Driver Booster works in Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
DriverPack has a user interface that’s easier to use than most of the others on this list. There are only a few buttons and no confusing screens or options. It supports bulk downloads, offline driver updating, and automated installs so that you don’t have to click through installation wizards.
When you first open the program, you’re given the option to run it in “regular mode” to automatically download and install all the drivers you need. Or, you can enter into “expert mode” to pick for yourself which ones you want to update.
In the settings are a variety of options that you can toggle on or off, like to delete temp files, automatically install recommended drivers, be notified about software and hardware failures, create restore points automatically, analyze BSODs, and more.
Other tools are available here as well, ones that aren’t related to drivers, like an undesirable software detector, recommended software list, and a system information utility.
It works for Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. The download page has three versions to pick from: the regular updater that uses an internet connection, one that includes just the network driver so that you can get your internet working again, and a full (several gigabytes) torrent version that includes all the drivers they offer
Snappy Driver Installer
Snappy Driver Installer is another freeware option that’s a bit like DriverPack. It lets you download several drivers at once for many types of devices. After they’re downloaded, the program gives you immediate access to install the updates—with or without an internet connection.
The app itself is fairly simple, but it’s still strangely hard to use because of the way it’s set up. Right-clicking a driver provides extra options like to show alternative drivers, copy the hardware ID, and locate the driver’s INF file.
This program doesn’t have advertisements, doesn’t limit download speeds, and can install as many drivers as you need without any limitations. It supports Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
Driver Talent (previously called DriveTheLife) is a straightforward program that downloads device drivers so that you don’t have to search the internet for official download links.
This application not only updates outdated and missing drivers, but also fixes corrupted ones and backs up all your installed drivers. A Peripheral Drivers area of the program calls out printer and USB drivers, telling you very clearly if they’re installed and working normally.
The size of a driver as well as its release date and version number are displayed for you before you download it to verify you’re getting what you’re after.
An alternative version includes network drivers and works offline, which is perfect if you need to install drivers but don’t have the proper network driver installed. There’s also a basic hardware information utility that you can access from the program’s Tools menu.
Driver Talent works with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
DriversCloud (previously called Ma-Config) is a free web service that locates detailed information about your hardware and software, including outdated drivers.
After installing and opening the program, select Online detection to detect all of your computer’s components and their associated drivers. Once the scan completes, all the results open in your web browser. Choosing My Drivers at the top of the page will take you where you need to be.
Once you reach the driver page, there’s a semi-automatic installation option. This is what we recommend using because it provides a single executable that you can launch to install all the drivers you chose from the web page. However, there’s also a manual option where you download each driver update one at a time, but then installation is also manual.
DriverIdentifier comes in the form of a very simple driver checker. After it runs, the results open in your web browser where you then manually download the drivers that you need, and then manually install them once they’re on your computer.
It scans for drivers even if you don’t have an internet connection, which is helpful if your network card driver isn’t working. When an offline scan completes, the list of drivers is saved to a file that you can open on a working computer to get the drivers you need.
This program works with Windows 10 and Windows 8, but the official system requirements list only Windows 7, Vista, XP, and some Windows Server versions. There’s also a portable edition available through the link below.
Driver Easy is unique in that it can check for outdated drivers automatically based on a schedule. A scan can be scheduled daily, weekly, monthly, when your PC is idle, or even every time you log on to Windows.
Unlike DriverIdentifier, Driver Easy downloads the drivers from inside the program without opening an external web browser.
There are additional features, too, like viewing hardware information and scanning for driver updates when you don’t have an internet connection. Other features, however, might look free but are actually available only if you pay, such as automatic restore point creations, driver backups, and bulk updating.
Driver Easy should work fine in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
DriverHub downloads and installs drivers for you and has a whole section of the program dedicated to recovery should something go wrong.
The program itself has a clean interface with only a few menu buttons. In the settings are options for changing the download folder and disabling program update checks.
You can keep things simple and install whatever the program recommends, or you can go into Advanced Mode to pick which drivers to get, to see version numbers, and to install alternate drivers (i.e., a newer driver but not the current version).
The Useful utilities section isn’t driver related but does include some helpful links to Windows utilities, like Disk Management and Task Manager. Some of the other areas of the program, like the backup and autorun functions, are off limits unless you pay.
DriverHub is said to work with Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.
Over 400,000 drivers are available through this program. Ashampoo Driver Updater is extremely easy to use because it downloads and installs the driver for you. It can also back up and restore drivers for safety purposes, automatically make a restore point before all driver installations, and follow a detailed scan scheduler.
Something you get with this program that not all the competition supports, is the ability to ignore drivers. If you keep seeing an update you don’t want to apply, adding it to the ignore list is simple and will stop it from showing up as an update in the future.
The system requirements are that you’re running Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7.
Device Doctor is available as both a regular and a portable program. You can schedule scans to check for outdated drivers and then start the installation when an update is found, all without leaving the program.
Some areas of the app are available only if you pay, like the sections for backing up drivers and using extra tools like the cache cleaner and startup manager.
The program itself doesn’t update very often, but you can see when the last database update was from the program’s home screen. The last time we checked this date, it was just a few days prior to using the program, so it seems that although the software doesn’t receive new features very often, the database it uses to check for drivers is up-to-date.
Device Doctor is limited to downloading just one driver per day. It’s designed to find drivers for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
DriverMax is another free Windows program that updates outdated drivers. While it is limited in a few areas, it also excels in others.
In addition to updating old drivers, this program can back up some or all of the currently installed drivers, restore backed up drivers, roll back drivers, identify unknown hardware, create a system restore point before driver installations, build an offline scan file for PCs without a network connection, and run automatic scans on a schedule.
After updates are found, you’ll get a notification at the bottom of the screen, where you can snooze it for a day if you’d rather look into the updates later. Once you do decide to install the updates, you’re limited to getting one at a time (two total per day), though it does install silently and automatically.
DriverMax discovered a significantly higher number of outdated drivers than every other program from this list did. We checked the version numbers against the currently installed drivers, and they all seemed to be valid updates.
Paying users get extra benefits like unlimited downloads, hourly driver checks, download priority, and automated driver downloads.
This program runs on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
Although this program limits the number of downloads you can perform per day, you can still check for outdated drivers as often as you want. You’re just limited when it comes to downloading them. We talk more in the review about why this isn’t as bad of a limit as it might sound.