It happens more often than we realize that when two hardware manufacturers merge into a single company, they somehow stop support for the older products. Consequently, the users who want to download the drivers for the older companies that existed before the merger are left out hanging in the middle – with nowhere to go for their driver requirements. If you are struggling to find that missing driver, then you can use the huge 8 GB collection of the all the Windows hardware drivers known to men through the DriverPack Solution. This software contains all the possible new and old drivers that you can think of.
DriverPack Solution is available in two main versions – the lite version and the full version. The lite version is just a software front-end without any driver collections. The lite version can scan your system for missing or outdated drivers and then these drivers can be downloaded from the internet. The full version contains the complete 8 GB driver collection for all the versions of Windows. You can use the full version in the offline mode on any Windows PC for any driver requirements.
If you go for download the full DVD ISO image of around 8 GB size, then it may take some time and when the download is finished it needs to be burned on a dual layer blank DVD. Single layer blank DVD media cannot hold more than 4.7 GB of data. On the other hand the lite version is only 14 MB in size – we used this lite version for this article.
As you launch the DriverPack Solution software, it scans your system for missing and obsolete drivers, shows you a list of the results and allows you to update them. On my Windows 8 PC, it incorrectly listed HP laser-jet printer although I have a Canon inkjet printer. The driver installation is a breeze and can be finished just by clicking a single button.
From the Drivers section, you can download the complete driver database from the internet, in case you are using the light version. You can also select one the driver databases from your backups.
You can select and install some of the most essential programs like 7-Zip, WinRAR, Foxit PDF Reader etc., from under the Soft tab. This is very useful for computers on which you have freshly installed Windows and they lack any PDF viewers or ZIP utilities.
Under the Backup section, you can backup all the currently installed drivers on your Windows PC. This is a great step to save the current state of installed drivers, so even if in future you accidentally lose any drivers, then you can easily get them back from these backups.
Conclusion: If you are struggling to find the drivers for your hardware, then you can use the free DriverPack Solution to take care of all of your driver needs. It is specially useful for installing drivers on computers with fresh Windows installs and for finding drivers of the older hardware.
You can download the DriverPack Solution from http://drp.su/.