It can be incredibly frustrating to search for a single device driver on the internet. The results you get aren’t always reliable and you might have to go through a number of websites before you find what you are looking for. Even then, the version of the driver that is available there should be up to date, otherwise it won’t work on your system.
Needless to say, the entire effort can be quite tedious, but the fact remains that you need to install drivers on your system to ensure optimal performance and compatibility with other devices and accessories. This is where a device driver scanner can help.
As the name suggests, a device driver scanner scans your computer for missing or corrupted drivers and updates or repairs them as per your requirements. All you have to do is click a few times, first when installing the scanner, and then when you want to install or update any new drivers.
While there is no dearth of device driver scanners on the market, not all of them are made equal. In fact, some of them are malware and can harm your computer. Therefore, you have to be careful when selecting one.
To make things easier for you, here are a few tips you can follow:
- Firstly, you have to ensure the scanner is compatible with the current OS you are running. Often, there are different versions of scanners for different OS and they rarely work across platforms. Therefore, if you have Windows 10, you cannot use a scanner that was designed for Windows XP or Windows 7. There is a chance the scanner works and downloads and installs a few drivers on your system but the incompatibility would mean the devices won’t work and your computer might even shut down.
- When searching for a device driver scanner, the ideal option is selecting one which supports a variety of devices. You don’t want to download programs for installing every new device or accessory you connect to your computer, do you? A good criterion for selecting here is the number of drivers. If it’s less than 100,000, move on to the next scanner.
- You should check the scanning effectiveness of the program before using it. There are some programs which work fine but might not be able to detect or track the model/version of the hardware you have attached to your computer. This might result in wrong drivers being installed, which can harm your system, and the devices themselves might not work, which of course you don’t want.
In addition to the tips mentioned here, you can check reviews of device driver scanners online and select one that has a decent rating. This way, you won’t have to spend much time on testing.