Knowing which drivers (and versions) are installed on your computer is necessary when you want to keep them updated. But how do you know which versions (and which drivers) are installed on your system ?
Let me show you …
Two ways …
I have two solutions for you. Using the built-in Windows Tool, and a freeware tool that collects most of the information for you.
The Device Manager keeps track of every gadget and device installed on your system. Using it is easy, but getting an overview of each driver takes time as you have to expand each device, and choose its properties.
There are many ways to access the Device Manager, here are three:
- Right Click “My Computer” icon and choose Manage, then Click Device Manager
- In Windows 7, Click the Start-button, and type “Device Manager” in the search field
- Open Control Panel, and choose Device Manager
Getting Driver Information
Expand each device, Right Click it and choose Properties.
DriverView is an “old” tool which was developed many years ago, but has been regularly updated to work on the newest windows versions. DriverView supports both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
DriverView comes in a ZIP-file, and doesn’t need any installation. Just UnZip and Run.
Once you run it, DriverView will search your system for installed device drivers, and generate a report. The main view shows you all drivers, version and manufacturer.
DriverView let you save the report in various formats, highlighting non-Microsoft Drivers, hiding the Microsoft Drivers from the list, as well as providing you a direct search link to Google. Which comes in handy if you should happen to find a suspicious driver of unknown origin.
It doesn’t get any easier.