At a Glance
- Free app that updates drivers
- Neat and clean interface
- Bundles AVG toolbar
- Can only update one driver at a time
Keep the drivers on your PC up to date.
Note: This review addresses v2.0 of the
software, as do any user reviews dated before 05/27/2011.
Think your PC and your peripherals are up to date with the
latest drivers installed? Think again. There’s a very good chance
that your drivers are outdated, leading to potential performance
and security issues.
The free SlimDrivers provides a solid solution to the problem.
It scans your PC and all attached peripherals, checks to see
whether there are newer drivers available. It then reports on which
are outdated, and shows you a list of them all. To update any
driver, click “Download Update” and an installation procedure
begins. After the drivers are installed, you’ll generally be
required to re-start your PC in order for them to take effect.
Note that downloading and installing drivers could potentially
lead to system problems, so make sure before using this program to
create a Restore Point. (The program will do it for you as well, if
you ask it.) That way, if updating your drivers causes any
problems, you can easily revert your system to the way it was
before the update.
On my system, which I assumed had up-to-date drivers,
SlimDrivers found 19 which were outdated. I downloaded and
installed them all, and my system is now in tip-top shape. Did it
increase performance? If so, I couldn’t tell, but any tech guru
will tell you that a system with the latest drivers is a more
stable and secure system than one without.
You may find one thing about SlimDrivers annoying: You’ll have
to update each driver separately; you can’t do them all at once. So
if you have a lot of outdated drivers, that means you’ll have to
spend a good deal of time installing them, and restarting your PC
multiple times. A for-pay version called Driver Update is available
that will automatically update multiple drivers. It costs $29.97
for a one-year subscription.