This guide will take you step-by-step through the process of updating the drivers on your Windows PC/laptop the easy way. The very easy way :)
- First things first, head over to the Driver Booster download page and download the Driver Booster app. It’s completely free, although there is a paid version that has a few more features (we’ll go over that later). For this guide, and the overall core functionality of the app – you do not need to use the paid version). Once the download has completed, run the installer file. The installation is very straight forward but there are a couple of things to note. You’ll be asked if you’d like to install a password manager app as well – select No, thanks and then click the Next button.
- You may also be asked if you’d like to install another app – one that will detect and resolve problems related to the Meltdown CPU vulnerability. Click the “X” in the upper-right corner to avoid installing this one.
- Once the installation has completed, run the app. It will automatically start a scan of your system and display the results in a neatly organized list.
- While you can update everything at once, we suggest taking the time to update each driver one at a time. That way, if something happens to go wrong, you can immediately narrow down the driver that caused the issue. So, click the Update button next to one of your out of date drivers.
- Driver Booster will display a message with a few important things to note. First, you may need to disable any security software (anti-virus, anti-malware etc) that you have running. Second, don’t be surprised or alarmed if the screen ‘flickers’ or goes black for a while – it’s totally normal. And finally,
if you’re updating a driver for your network card (wired or wireless), you may be temporarily disconnected from the Internet.
- At this point, Driver Booster will download and install the latest driver.
- You’ll be presented with a brief ‘Completing driver updates’ message right before the process finishes up.
- It’s that easy. No more hunting through websites trying to find the exact right files etc. It’s entirely automated. After a successful driver installation, the number of outdated drivers will go down.
- Depending on the driver that you update, you may need to restart your system to complete the installation. Do so each time you’re prompted.
- As mentioned earlier, there is a paid version of Driver Booster. There are also a number of other apps that will be included if you buy Driver Booster. The decision to purchase the app is entirely up to you, but the core functionality – the ability to find, download and install the latest drivers for your hardware – is free. Once in a while you’ll be given little ‘suggestions’, which are generally just links to other apps – most of which will be included as ‘bonuses’ if you purchase Driver Booster. One is a little app that among other things has the ability to find and locate leftover files from driver updates – the old files that aren’t needed anymore etc. Fortunately you don’t actually need to use this additional app – click the Show Details link.
- Driver Booster will show you the full path to the files that aren’t needed anymore.
- So you can open a File Manager and manually delete those files yourself.
- The Action Center tab is really just a list of other apps that you can buy and/or come with the paid version of the Driver Booster App – it doesn’t really provide any ‘actionable’ driver-related suggestions.