Saturday, October 09, 2010

Quick, what’s the version on your video driver? Wi-Fi driver? Audio? USB?… NirSoft’s DriverView makes all that info and more just a click away…

Windows Guides - Find out which Drivers are Installed on Your PC [Quick-Tip]

“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.

Device Manager.

Using Driver View.


NirSoft - Driver View v1.21 - Loaded Windows Drivers List

“Driver View utility displays the list of all device drivers currently loaded on your system. For each driver in the list, additional useful information is displayed: load address of the driver, description, version, product name, company that created the driver, and more.



Next to Sysinternals, I think NirSoft is one of my favorite set of Windows utilities. They’ve been around for a while, makes hard stuff stuff easier, is simple to use and are all portable.

Take Driver View for example.

This 80k utility, which runs without install, does one thing but does it well. It provides a quick and simple view into what drivers your Windows session has loaded (funny that given its name ;) You can then dump the list to an HTML file for comparison/archive purposes, and I think best of all, you can easily google for a given driver, helping you answer, “What the heck is…”

If you’ve ever played the “hunt the driver version” game using Device Manager, you’ll really like this utility (available in both 32 & 64 bit versions)…



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