How do I register Smart Driver Updater?
1. Click on the small "i" button on the top right corner of the screen
2. Click on the "Register Smart Driver Updater" text link
3. If you already have a license key, enter your name (or company name) and then the license key and click the Activate Now button.
4. If you don't have a license key, visit www.smartpctools.com/store.html to purchase the product.
What operating systems does it run on?
Smart Driver Updater runs on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows XP 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 2008 Server,
Windows 2008 Server 64-bit, Windows 2003 Server 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit
What does Smart Driver Updater do?
Outdated drivers can cause a range of problems on your computer from hardware not operating the way it should to complete system crashes. Smart Driver Updater is a simple easy to use solution
that automatically finds and updates all your device drivers in just minutes.
Smart Driver Updater scans your computer and all associated hardware devices and provides a list of all the drivers that need to be updated. With just a single click Smart Driver Updater safely installs each update on your PC.
Our driver database contains over 200,000 drivers and is constantly updated ensuring that you always download and install the most current drivers.
Why do I need to update my drivers?
Your operating system requires drivers to run practically every hardware device associated with your PC. These devices include printers, network adapters, keyboards, sound cards, video cards, CD/DVD drives, monitors and much more.
Every time a hardware manufacturer improves their product or fixes a problem they update the driver. If you're running outdated drivers your operating system may not be able to communicate properly with that hardware device anymore and you may not be enjoying the full benefit of new features and enhancements.
Updating and fixing driver problems can dramatically improve the speed and performance of your PC and any associated devices.
Can I run automatic driver scans?
Yes, in fact we recommend it. Take advantage of this feature to run automatic scans at convenient times and keep your drivers up to date.
Set up automatic scans
1. Click on the Settings Tab
2. Click on the Schedule tab
3. Select one of the 3 available options:
- have the scan run automatically at start-up
- select a convenient time and a frequency for the scan to run
- have the scan run when your computer is inactive
4. Click Apply to save your changes
Why are my scan results telling me "4 new driver updates found" but only showing me 3?
Driver packages often contain multiple device drivers so the driver packages listed will contain all the drivers you require.
How do I create a driver backup?
Having an emergency backup containing all of your device drivers can save you hours if you ever have to reinstall your operating system. We recommend creating regular driver backups.
To create a driver backup:
1. Click on the Backup Tab
2. Click on the Create Backup button
3. Select the drivers you wish to backup and click Next
4. Select a name, location and format for your backup and click Create Backup.
IMPORTANT - Do not save the backup files in the same partition where Microsoft Windows is installed. All data in that partition will be lost during the Windows installation process.
What format should I save my driver backup in?
The default format saves your backup drivers as files. Click on the down arrow if you wish to change the backup format to a ZIP file. We recommend using the zip file format if you are backing up a large number of drivers at one time.
How do I restore drivers from a backup?
Smart Driver Updater makes it easy to restore either individual drivers or multiple drivers from your backups. We recommend you close all applications before restoring to avoid any conflicts.
To restore drivers from a backup:
1. Click on the Backup Tab
2. Click Restore Backup
3. Select the backup file you wish to restore and click Next
4. Select the drivers you wish to restore
It can take several minutes to restore depending on the number of drivers selected. After restoration is complete you will be prompted to restart your computer. All restored drivers should work correctly after your restart.