For several days I had faced the continuous BSODs (Blue screen of deaths) on my PC. I didn't know what thing is causing this big headache for me. I tried keep googling to find a best a solution and after many days I found that my outdated device drivers are causing this problem. But I didn't even know how to know which driver is outdated. So, today I'm sharing a you a really nice utility that can help you to find outdated drivers from your PC and and even install updated ones.
The program I'm talking about is Driver Reviver which isn't fully free but you can able to check outdated drivers with the free version of Driver Reviver. You can download the free version of this software from http://www.reviversoft.com/driver-reviver/ and click 'Download now'. Install this program I usually install most of my programs in C: drive because I have lots of space in that :)
After installation of Driver Reviver you're ready to find your outdated drivers with this free version, and If you really want to save some more time with automatic installation of updated device drivers then you have to spent some money just $29.99, but you can able to find the recent drivers without paying for this program, and method will be to find recent ones manually. OK let’s move on and follow the steps to detect outdated drivers and to update them manually.
STEP ONE: OPEN DRIVER REVIVER PROGRAM
1) Go to Start Menu > Click 'All Programs' > scroll to 'RevivorSoft' folder > select 'Driver Reviver' > then select 'Driver Reviver' program
STEP TWO: DETECTING OUTDATED DRIVERS WITH THIS UTILITY
Now you have to click 'Home' tab of this program where you'll see your PC Health which depends on the updated driver and as you can see it' showing 'Excellent' since I already updated my PC's device drivers. In this step all you need is to click 'Start PC Scan now' and wait until the process completes.
STEP THREE: FINDING THE LATEST DEVICE DRIVERS ONLINE
As Driver Reviver completes finding outdated drivers it will show the message 'Action Required' and number of device driver that are outdated in the ‘Home’ tab. Now, let’s find their latest versions online. Here I'm giving you some useful websites which you help getting the updated versions of your PC’s outdated drivers.
1) CNET - http://download.cnet.com/windows/drivers/
2) Device Identifier - http://www.driveridentifier.com/
3) Driver Guide - http://www.driverguide.com/index.php
4) If you have any branded machine like Acer, Compaq, HP, Dell, Gateway then you can simply go to their website and get the latest versions.
As you know that finding drivers online manually really eats time. But the good news is I'll give you some useful tips in coming articles about finding PC device drivers online more efficiently which will save some of your time. I hope after updating device drivers you’ll see the better performance of your computer.