To make the most out of your computer hardware, it is essential that you keep the device drivers updated. One way to keep them up-to-date is to visit the hardware manufacturer sites regularly and download the latest version of drivers when available. But a free utility called SlimDrivers makes this task much easier for everyone. SlimDrivers can check if newer versions of drivers for all your hardware are available in just one click.
SlimDrivers not only detects when a driver needs updating, but also identifies the proper executable for your system (32-bit or 64-bit) and initiates the driver install automatically. SlimDrivers can be downloaded from the SlimWare utilities website. The download is around five megabytes in size. After the installation, it launches automatically and shows you the main window. Here you can click on the Start Scan button to start the scanning of your system for broken or old drivers.
The scanning process is very quick. It requires internet to work as SlimDrivers checks their cloud database for any available update for your drivers. On our test computer, it took only 30 seconds and detected 4 outdated drivers. All the available driver updates are shown in a list categorized by the device type. You can click on the Download Update button next to an available driver update to download and install the driver.
Before a newer version of driver is downloaded, SlimDrivers carefully makes a backup copy of all the currently installed drivers on your computer. This way it ensures that if the newer version driver does not work or malfunctions, then you can always restore your older version of drivers. You can restore the drivers from the Restore section of the SlimDrivers window. You can also manually create the drivers backup from the Backup section.
The SlimDrivers utility keeps running in the background and places an icon in the notification area of Windows. This way you are alerted for a newer version of driver available for your hardware as soon as it is available.
SlimDrivers is a free and very useful utility for Windows users. It is great if you reinstall Windows and want to install latest drivers on your system. It works in Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and supports both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions. Although it comes as an installable program but it also allows to be turned into a portable application.
You can download SlimDrivers from https://www.slimwareutilities.com/.