Driver Navigator Review

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Editors' rating:
The Pros

Driver Navigator found all of our outdated drivers; none of the other products we reviewed did such a good job at identifying them.

The Cons

You won't find backup and restoration tools in this driver backup software, but you can use Windows 7 tools and perform backups manually.

Verdict

This driver update software will thoroughly scan your drivers and find updated versions, but you'll have to do the backup work yourself. This software offers limited tech support options.

Driver Navigator is easy-to-use software that automatically scans its more than two million driver files for updated drivers. This software doesn't automatically back up old driver files. It also offers limited support options; however, email tech support is quick to respond, and the representatives are knowledgeable.

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Driver Navigator is the best at finding outdated drivers. It found all of the 21 old drivers we wanted it to, including Dell, Intel, AMD and Nvidia drivers. This driver update software can also find drivers for some peripheral devices, including laptops, keyboards, printers, scanners, webcams, notebooks and, of course, PCs. This application is compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP.

The scan searches through a database of more than two million driver files. Driver Navigator provides you with full information about the drivers. It details driver IDs, version dates, compatible IDs, version number and file size. This makes it easy to verify that they are the most up-to-date drivers.

You can set a schedule of when you want this driver update application to scan for updated drivers. Although the scans are automatic, it doesn't download anything without your approval. The files download as Roshal Archive (RAR) or ZIP files that have to be unpacked; however, you can use the launch wizard to unpack the files and install the drivers.

To keep you and your computer safe through the process of updating drivers, Driver Navigator stores your transaction records and personally identifiable information on a limited-access server. All the information, as well as data transfers, is encrypted to further protect it. This application won't share your information with third-party advertisers.

This driver update application scans the files using Symantec Endpoint Protection before it stores them on its servers. Additionally, all of the drivers that this driver update software offers are from original equipment manufacturers (OEM) or Microsoft Update Service drivers.

One thing that disappointed us in this PC driver update software is that it doesn't automatically back up your files for you. You can still back them up manually. Additionally, Windows 7 has a tool that allows you to roll back to a previous version of a driver.

Driver Navigator offers effective email support that responded quickly to our questions. Unfortunately, this manufacturer doesn't offer telephone or chat support. Many of the other services offer more-extensive support options.

This software from Driver Navigator scans drivers to keep them updated on your PC, laptop and many peripheral devices. It scans automatically but doesn't download anything until you approve it. To keep you and your computer safe, this driver update software uses encryption, Symantec Endpoint Protection and a limited-access server. We would like to see more support options from this manufacturer, but the email support is still an effective way to receive assistance.

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