IObit offers many utilities and Driver Booster PRO, which will automatically update your drivers, is one of the best. The simple core functionality of Driver Booster PRO Key is made more attractive by the inclusion of several licenses with very reasonable portfolio prices and an adjustable interface with which specific hardware-related information can be displayed properly. Competitors Ashampoo Driver Updater and SlimWare Utilities Driver-Update offer interesting features, but IObit Driver Booster PRO runs packages.
Cost and compatibility
IObit offers two Driver Booster: Free and PRO. In both cases, you can download the latest driver and offer updates with just one click. However, paying at the PRO level of $ 22.95 (see here) offers many other features. Special PRO features include automatic driver download and idle installation (good for those who rarely turn off their computers), and the ability to prioritize environments and programs for video game developers (such as Microsoft Visual C ++ or OpenAL).
From the driver updates I tested, IObit Driver Booster PRO has the biggest gap between the free and paid versions. For example, the main difference between SlimWare Utilities SlimDrivers (free version) and SlimWare Utilities DriverUpdate (paid software) is that you can use the latter to download and update all your drivers at once. IObit Driver Booster PRO is also equipped with licenses for three computers. This is a plus for people who live in households with many computers. Note that the paid Ashampoo utility includes licenses for three computers for $ 39.99, compared to three for IObit for only $ 22.95. That is good.
The IObit utility is compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. Like Ashampoo Driver Updater, IObit Driver Booster PRO uses Windows 10 Action Center to provide useful desktop notifications. SlimWare Utilities DriverUpdate does not have this function.
When you run Driver Booster PRO, a quick hardware scan is performed. Your computer's hardware specifications are not displayed as recommended by Ashampoo and SlimWare Utilities. Instead, the utility jumps directly to the top problem and shows outdated drivers on your computer. Like Ashampoo DriverUpdate, IObit Driver Booster PRO detected 44 driver problems on my work computer, while SlimWare Utilities DriverUpdate only had 41 problems.
When I click the Download All button, Driver BoosterPRO starts downloading and installing the appropriate driver. It takes about five minutes to install all the new drivers. Unlike the Ashampoo software and SlimWare utility, Driver Booster PRO does not require you to back up existing drivers before installing new drivers. Instead, it runs automatically.
I also tested the software by intentionally removing the Realtek High Definition Audio driver. After restarting my computer, Driver Booster PRO downloads a replacement driver - a high definition audio device from Microsoft - that works perfectly when playing MP3 and WAV files. I deleted some other drivers and Driver Booster PRO was able to find a compatible replacement.
Driver Booster PRO also has a convenient scheduling feature that allows you to set the time (daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly) to find a new driver. This is a relatively common property in this software category.