How to install new drivers with Driver Detective

There are lots of reasons to keep your device drivers up-to-date, including better system stability and improved performance. And the good news is it’s really easy to do with the right software.

Enter Driver Detective:

Scan for outdated drivers

When you first launch Driver Detective you’ll be presented with the following screen. Click Scan Now to get started.

Driver Detective - scan now

Scan results

The scan is very fast – it took only 8 seconds to scan my computer.

Once the scan is complete the results page will list your out-of-date drivers.

Driver Detective - scan results

Choose a driver to update

Now choose which driver you want to update and click on the floppy disk icon to start the download. I chose to update my USB mass storage device (that’s an external hard drive, in plain English).

Driver Detective - download new driver

Install the new driver

Once the driver has downloaded, click on Open to install it. If the driver is self-installing, Driver Detective will immediately launch the installer.

If it’s in a compressed file format (e.g. .zip or .rar) Driver Detective will attempt to open it using your default compression utility (e.g. WinZip or WinRAR). Once uncompressed, just double-click on the installer.

Now follow the on-screen instructions to install it. This may vary from vendor to vendor.

Driver Detective - uncompressed driver

Restart, rinse and repeat

You may be prompted to restart Windows, so it’s a good idea to update your drivers at a time when you’re not using your computer for anything else.

If you have multiple drivers to update/install, just repeat the above process as many times as necessary.


If for some reason your file compression utility doesn’t launch automatically, or if you don’t have one installed, your new drivers will be saved to C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataPC Drivers HeadquartersDriver DetectiveDownloads by default (in Windows XP, anyway).

Download Driver Detective

Check out Driver Detective and give it a try. It really is as easy to use as it seems. And if you need a file compression utility, I recommend WinZip or WinRAR. All three offer free trials.