Driver Genius Review

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Rating: 4 Stars

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Review Summary: Driver Genius is an easy to use driver manager capable of backing up and restoring as well as updating all the device drivers installed on your computer.

pros

Driver Genius will backup all your existing device drivers for future re-installation with a few mouse clicks. Uninstall stopped device drivers to free up hard disk space. Easily detects incorrectly installed drivers and faulty devices using its diagnostics tool. Windows 7 ready

cons

Not the best choice for locating drivers for your specific make and model of computer.

Review Details

Key Features:

Driver diagnostics tool

Yes – Locate improperly working devices with recommended solutions.

Driver Backup

Yes – Easily backup all device drivers currently installed on your pc.

Device Driver updater

Yes – Quickly locate the latest driver updates for your devices.

Device Driver downloader

Yes – Download and install the current drivers for your devices

Device Driver Uninstaller

Yes – un-install a device driver right from the user interface

Restore backed up drivers

Yes – Restore backed drivers with a few mouse clicks

Auto driver update scheduler

No

Automatic pc make/model identification

No

Integrated customer support

No – Support available online

Free updates

Yes

 

The Good:
Easily backup currently used drivers, original windows device drivers as well as disconnected device drivers and transfer to other computers. Backup to an auto installer for easy re-installation.
Driver genius maintains an uninterrupted driver download even if your local network fails using a multi threaded and resumable downloading technology.
Driver Genius’ device diagnostic tool is pretty accurate at locating faulty devices.
Auto installer makes it easy to restore backed up drivers.
Driver Genius supports Windows 98/98SE, ME, 2000, XP/XPx64, Server 2003/2003x64, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008/2008x64.

 

The Bad:

Tends to recommend more of generic(alternative) drivers than manufacturer specific device drivers. If you are concerned about getting drivers for your specific make and model of pc e.g. Compaq or Dell, try Drivercure or Driver detective.

Verdict:

The best choice if you are interested in backing up all your systems installed device drivers for future re-installation. Not as effective as Drivercure and Driver Detective when it comes to recommending driver software for manufacturer specific device drivers.

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