I had to deal with this issue when my friend bought a few second-hand PC hardware components for his net cafe. Among the components were motherboards, graphic cards, sound cards, and web cameras from different vendors and most of them were 3-4 years old. When we began to set up the PC’s, we found that none of the components had their driver installation discs with them. So we began to surf through the vendor sites for the drivers, however it was a tiresome procedure. Finally, I found out a free software that would download the latest drivers for the “unidentified devices”.
Lost or damaged driver installation disc (of products like motherboards, graphic cards, sound cards, and almost all peripherals). The solution is also applicable when the vendors provides a disc with outdated and buggy drivers. Mentioned here are some paid and free tools which will automate the process of downloading the drivers.
- Device Doctor (Free) (4/5)
Device Doctor is a free Windows application that scans your PC and checks to see if there are new driver updates available for the hardware.
- DriverMax (Free) (4/5)
DriverMax is another all in one utility which downloads, updates, backups and restores the drivers installed on your PC.
- Slim Drivers (Free) (4.5/5)
SlimDrivers automatically updates PC drivers using real-time scanning and cloud technology.
- Driver Reviver (Free) (4/5)
Driver Reviver is an efficient utility that ensures in getting the maximum performance from your PC, its components and its software.
- DriverPack Solution (Free) (4.5/5)
DriverPack Solution is a reliable application designed to simplify the driver installation and updating process to a couple of clicks. The application is available in ISO format and you need to burn the image onto a DVD. It is also possible to make a backup of your existing configuration.
- Driver Genius Professional (Paid) (4/5)
Driver Genius improves PC performance with the powerful driver manager for Windows that backs up, restores, and updates your device drivers automatically with just a few clicks of your mouse.
The above mentioned software have certain drawbacks like driver incompatibility issue, mostly with audio drivers. A workaround for this issue is to manually download the suitable drivers. For this you need to identify the hardware using system information tools like Everest Home Edition, Speccy etc.