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Driver Booster - PRO
  • Automatic scanning
  • Update drivers in a single click
  • 1-year subscription / 3 computers
$22.95
Driver Booster - FREE
  • Quick driver updates
  • Drivers pass Microsoft WHQL test
  • No time restriction
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Driver Booster - PRO
$22.95
  • Automatic scanning
  • Update drivers in a single click
  • 1-year subscription / 3 computers
Driver Booster - FREE
Free
  • Quick driver updates
  • Drivers pass Microsoft WHQL test
  • No time restriction
Review

Driver Booster review 2019 + Free download

Although computer drivers ought to get checked and updated automatically through Windows updates, often they get out of date. Especially when users turn off the updates, which is a quite popular practice. Driver updater tools then become a helper, and in continuation to our previous Top-10 driver updaters review, we’d like to analyze few of them more carefully. This is a Driver Booster review.

Driver Booster is a product of IObit, a company founded in 2004 and devoted to PC optimization, security software, performance optimization tools. Outstanding products include Malware Fighter, Advanced Systemcare, Smart Defrag, etc. Today we’ll be looking at their free Driver Booster version.

Vendor description

First off, what is Driver Booster? Here is how IObit presents its driver updater program. Driver Booster is driver updater tool for Windows - it supports Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, and down to Windows Vista and XP. It regularly and automatically checks drivers on user’s device. It downloads and updates all the drivers in one click.

Driver Booster 6 is among most popular driver update tools. With database of 2.5 million device drivers, drivers from Intel, Nvidia, AMD and more, game components, it can guarantee an accurate update and stable system performance. Also, Driver Booster offers options to create restore points, view system information, fix separate device issues.

Specifications:

Vendor IObit (visit site)
Newest version Driver Booster v.6.5.0 out June 2019
Operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10
Installer file size 20.6 MB
Menu languages 48
Driver database 2,500,000
Extra features Game Boost, one-click update, feedback channel
Pricing free / Driver Booster 6 PRO Trial
License €19.95 Driver Booster 6 PRO (1 Year Subscription, 3 PCs)

Setting up Driver Booster

Windows 10 actually needs driver updaters very seldom, XP and Vista are too old already that are in use rarely. Thus, Windows 7 seems the most relevant operating system that is still the most popular among users - 48.5%, according to Business Insider. We also use Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, so it was the most suitable to conduct our Driver Booster review on it.

For perspective, we used 2 devices: a PC and a laptop, so shortly you will see performance results for both to get a fuller picture. The desktop PC has 8GB RAM, Intel Celeron CPU of 2.60 GHz, and 1920x1080 screen resolution. The laptop is Acer Aspire with 3GB RAM, Intel CPU of 1.30 GHz, and 1366x768 screen resolution.

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On both devices we had Windows Updates turned off for at least one month, as we could remember. Upon updates search, the system displayed 135 important and 70 optional updates pending. In regards to software installation, we had to measure our Internet speed, to be totally fair. 304 Mbps via Speedtest and 332 Mbps via Xfinity, as you can see below.

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Now that we have it out of the way, let’s review Driver Booster step-by-step.

Installation

It’s all plain and simple: get the installation file from publisher’s website (19 MB) for free, save and then execute it. On a welcoming screen you have the option to select a language for driver updater, main red Install button and a smaller one for custom install below. We recommend going with Custom install to be able to: a) select a path, create a desktop icon, pin to taskbar; and b) skip or install additional tools.

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Proceed when ready, and installation process starts - with progress on a screen. This was the first data we’ve measured on 2 devices.

Installation time: 35 seconds on PC, 2 minutes on laptop. And then comes the trick - after complete installation, Driver Booster starts the scan immediately, want it or not.

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Diagnostics / Scan

So, if a user doesn’t click Scan now button after installation, Driver Booster starts diagnostics process in 5 seconds automatically. On a dark-grey interface, the main screen appears with a central large Scan/Stop button. As part of our Driver Booster review, and to answer users requests like “Is driver booster good?”, we measured the driver scanning time. And it turned out to be real fast.

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Scanning time: 30 seconds on PC, 2 minutes 30 seconds on laptop.

Next big parameter is, of course, out-of-date drivers found. Our desktop PC is in better shape by far, than our old pal Acer laptop, and results were appropriately corresponding.

Outdated drivers found: 9 drivers on PC (and 75 drivers good), 33 drivers on laptop (and 70 drivers good).

how to use Driver Booster

Driver Booster displays information on each driver to update to a great length: name, category, current version with date and publisher, new available version with date and publisher. Then, a user may update it, ignore it or even uninstall it, as well as an option to update all in one click.

Repair

Driver updater software is all straightforward - you run a scan, check results and choose the further action. Stage number three in our Driver Booster overview is repair. After a full scan it displays old drivers to update. For our out-of-date drivers (9 on PC, 33 on laptop) we click Update all.

how to use Driver Booster

Before it begins, program will warn you if there is a conflict with security software on a  device, and that you may encounter network disconnections or other programs’ crashes. Some drivers will require a reboot afterwards, and there is an option for automatic reboot after updates - click a checkbox in the upper right corner.

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During drivers installation a user can view the update status of each driver (preparing, downloading, completed, reboot required). After the reboot  Hooray, all drivers are up-to-date. So how much time did it take to update our devices? Driver update time: 5 minutes 45 seconds on PC, and 22 minutes 10 seconds on a laptop.

Extra features

It all worked well - efficient scanning, driver downloads and installation, fast performance, easy workflow and nice design. So is Driver Booster legit? - many of you ask. Well, to answer that Driver Booster 6 offers several handy tools in addition.

Feature Available Description
System optimize + Free to scan for junk files, registry, system issues
Game boost + Configure apps/processes not to interrupt your gaming
IObit Malware Fighter + Protection against malware, ransomware, spyware, etc.
Smart Defrag + Disk fragmentation, optimization, quicker boot time  
Dashlane + Passwords manager
Tools + Fix errors (no sound, bad resolution, network failure, etc.)

For example, Advanced Systemcare tool found 1925 items on our PC, and 4783 items on our laptop to optimize. The only drawback of this is that you actually have to install this tool to correct the issues, which will then prompt you to buy a subscription.

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Settings, support

The layout of Driver Booster is simple and fine (the only possible matter is a choice of colors), working with it is easy. From the main page users may run the program and access all the features and settings. You can set the language, font sizes, layout transparency, as well as basic options such as launch with Windows, reboot automatically, schedule scans, etc. There’s also a folder for all driver downloads and backups. Certain features are only available in Pro version.

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In regards to support, first off, there is a direct feedback option - a chat icon in the right upper corner. You can use it to communicate with Driver Booster team. Then, on IObit web page there’s a support section, which includes FAQs, manuals, refund requests, online support, etc.

Performance summary

Driver Booster 6 free version performed well during our tests. Installation and scanning were easy and lightning-fast, the program did not use too much resources of either our devices. Here is a brief summary for both PC and laptop.

PC, 8GB, Win 7 Laptop, 3GB, Win 7
Disk space 74 MB 74 MB
Installation time 35 sec 2 min
Full scan time 30 sec 2 min 30 sec
Outdated drivers found 9 33
Update time 5 min 45 sec 22 min 10 sec

For the sake of real performance review, we ran 2 other driver updater tools, let’s call them Competitor A and Competitor B. Both detected more out-of-date drivers on PC (19 and 19), but less on a laptop (26 and 30), compared to 9 and 33 by Driver Booster.

Benefits, pros and cons

Driver Booster is an easy-to-use driver update software that comes with many extra options and tools. Is Driver Booster safe? Well, it creates a restore point to each update installation, it downloads only WHQL tested drivers…. So, yes, it all seems legit. Plus, we didn’t encounter any issues or threats during our review.

  • Automatic driver checks

  • One-click download and update

  • Support for all Windows versions

  • Automatic reboot or shut down option

  • Various tools - fix sound, screen, etc.

  • WHQL compliance for drivers

  • Backups for all updates


  • No MacOS, Linux, iOS, Android versions

  • Dramatic alerts about old drivers

  • Some drivers require individual update

  • No cautions about missing drivers

  • Translations only partial, by volunteers  

Driver Booster 6 Pro

The enhanced version, with 3 million drivers database and all the extra features, Driver Booster Pro costs $22,95 per 1 year and 3 devices. In the course of DB free version test, we found 9 outdated drivers, while 18 more issues needed optimization. 

In our case, those extra issues detected were all game components, i.e. Microsoft DirectX Runtime, Adobe Flash Player ActiveX, Microsoft Silverlight, Visual C++ redistributables, Open Audio Library, etc. After hitting Update All button it took 13.5 minutes to download and install those 18 components.

Another useful feature in Pro version is Advanced Systemcare tool. Remember those 4783 items found on our laptop to optimize performance, we've mentioned in part 4? Driver Booster detects such items that potentially may affect device performance, e.g. junk files, privacy traces, registry entires, etc. In our test, it all amounted to 3.7 GB, which is pretty significant. Then, cleaning process for that, with the help of Avdanced Systemcare v.11.5, lasted 4 minutes. Oh, and one more thing: it also includes scanning for spyware.

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One more bonus to Driver Booster Pro is that users actually can chaange interface skin, which is especially nice for those who don't like dark colors. One may switch between black, white, blue or any other selected color in the bottom left corner of settings.

If you’re curious enough, you may try Driver Booster free first, and then decide if you want to upgrade. And even when upgrading, there’s a positive safeguard - a 60-days money back guarantee. Not bad, not bad. Moreover, for those who wish to remove Driver Booster after all, there’s a special tool for that too - IObit uninstaller 8 free, to ensure you’ve wiped away any traces from your PC.

This is it. If you’ve tried Driver Booster too, share your experience with us. If not, which driver updater do you prefer? 

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I think it is best program for drivers updating

at first I thought that it is like many other Chinese softwares that take up more resources, send data to servers and other. I was very skeptical. But it was at a first glance. However, i saw that it makes its work well.

Pros:

  • Silent updating

CONS:

  • advertising
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Very convenient

After the last Windows reinstallation, many important system hardware don`t work or began to work with errors. I found that all of them were used "standard" drivers that can`t use all the features of components such as video cards.

Pros:

  • Do all job just in few clicks

CONS:

  • No cons
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It found really freezes source

Some time of use ago, my PC started to freeze very often. I tried various methods that are described on the Internet: I tried to clean the dust inside the system unit, scanned for viruses and other methods which are so popular on forums.

Pros:

  • Easy in use

CONS:

  • Don`t work offline
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Amazing support 24/7

IObit Driver Booster 6 is a tool that can save you valuable time by eliminating the need to manually check for updates for each driver. The free version of this program has several limited features, but they are quite enough for ordinary users.

Pros:

  • Free version

CONS:

  • Other Iobit products recommendations
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Simple program for drivers updating

This is the best solution for you if you are looking for a simple program for drivers updating. During use, I didn`t have so popular problems for driver updaters errors like hardware or BSOD failure. The only one noticeable disadvantage is that it need stability connection

Pros:

  • Automatically create restore point before update

CONS:

  • Need internet for stable work
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Only two problems during a lot of years

I had two big problems with iObit Driver Booster. And, you must understand, that i am a long time use it: not months, but - years. I like it and do not want to stop use, because Booster makes its work very fine.

Pros:

  • quality of updating

CONS:

  • I think - no
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It is comfortably and saves a lot of the time.

In my opinion, Driver Booster is a wonderful product. And this think is based on my experience. I have installed and used the program on hundreds computers and laptops. I have the business - a repair PCs.

Pros:

  • Easy to use

CONS:

  • -
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Good for inexperienced users

On my Asus tablet with Windows 10, after the scheduled update, appear some problem. Touch panel didn`t react to any touching. I had to roll back the update with using the Recovery Center and change the driver status to "ignore".

Pros:

  • Recovery Center

CONS:

  • Find wrong driver
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several clicks and you have all necessary drivers

Hello. I want to tell you about my journey to Driver Booster. One time i have to reinstall my Windows. It happens very rarely. I was unpleasantly surprised after the finishing the installation: many devices had not drivers (like the videocard).

Pros:

  • Friendly interface

CONS:

  • has not found yet
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Ease of Use
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windows stopped seeing the modem

Hi. I am disappointed. I have decided to update modem drivers (i use it for access to internet). Game booster proposed to update it. Yeah, i Have never troubles with it before. That is why i said "ok", how it can hurt? No,it can - windows stopped seeing the modem! Reboot did

Pros:

  • free

CONS:

  • missing modem after update
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