Hey- Rick here,
And you’re reading my uncensored review of what I really thought about Driver Robot. Note that this is an independent review, though, so if you’re looking for Driver Robot’s official website then click here.
Why am I writing this? Well, when I was dealing with driver updates for Windows 7, I did some research and ran across this product that automated the whole process for me, so I thought I’d share what I found, since I didn’t find many real reviews around.
But be warned, I’ll be going into both the good and bad points in this review, so if that’s something you might not want to hear, then you may as well leave now (I’m a big believer in unbiased reviews). So here goes…
First, the facts about the product. Driver Robot is a software tool that automates:
I found the product very simple to download and install initially. Click here to download it and give it a try (it’s free to scan your system and see the state of your Windows 7 drivers).
When you first run Driver Robot, you get a single, simple page that looks like this:
As you can see, it’s dead-stick simple. You simply press the “START SCAN” button and it scans your PC drivers.
When the scan is finished (about 15 to 20 seconds on my particular system), it then shows you what it has found:
As you can see here, it found 7 new drivers for my Windows 7 system. It creates a list of all drivers on your system, along with the status of each one; out of date, update-to-date or built-in system drivers (that belong to Windows itself).
You then simply press the “GET DRIVERS” button, and the next screen appears:
At this point, each set of related drivers that need updating are shown. You simply click on the “Start” button (where the little red arrow is pointing above) and this begins the Windows 7 driver download process.
I have to say at this point, this is as easy as locating and downloading the right drivers can possibly be. Click here to see how easy it is for yourself.
The entire process to this point has taken about one minute! For this, Driver Robot scores very high points as the simplest, fastest way to identify the drivers that are out of date, find the correct driver and enable the user to download it at the touch of a button.
After the driver is downloaded (time depends on size of driver file, usually a couple of minutes or less), it is ready to install, as shown here:
At this point, Driver Robot has downloaded the driver(s) and they’re ready to install. To begin the driver install process, you click on the “Install” button (another red arrow above).
So far, so good. Driver Robot has automated about as much of the process as it can. Installing the drivers from this point forward is fairly straightforward. When you click on the Install button, the downloaded driver files are opened up in a compressed file (e.g., WinZip) program. You can then “extract” the files into a folder on your PC, where you then install the drivers (using the procedures I outlined in an earlier post).
I really wish the driver installation process could be more automated than this, but drivers are so diverse and different, there’s no easy way to streamline the process completely. This is the biggest area that’s still lacking in the product, though. I would’ve liked to have seen the extraction process automated, along with identifying exactly which driver install setup file to run (maybe in a future version – we’ll see).
Nevertheless, Driver Robot takes what used to be an error-prone Web search, sift through the results, look through each website to find the proper driver, manually compare the versions and make sure the latest version is chosen and then manually download the driver install files. So Driver Robot automates the most error-prone part of the process, making driver selection and downloading so easy (dare I say) – even a caveman could do it!
Anyway, that’s the good news. The bad news is, full use of Driver Robot isn’t completely free, but it is very affordable. I can understand why they charge a little for it. It’s a nice little tool that saves a ton of time and greatly simplifies the complexities of driver management. And the 100,000+ latest drivers in the database is a real time saver.
Driver Robot takes you by the hand, and shows you step by step the easiest way to find the best drivers for your Windows 7 (or earlier) system and makes downloading, installing and updating drivers as easy as it gets.