Drivermax is a program that can backup and re-install your system’s drivers. It can also generate a report that lists all installed drivers and includes information such as version numbers and dates.
Whenever you need to re-install your operating system, getting all of your device drivers re-installed is potentially one of the most difficult and problematic steps. With Drivermax you can easily backup all or your system’s driver then simply use it to collectively reinstall these whenever you need to do so.
Programs in this category, in my experience, tend to either be (a) small, 1-click programs that will backup all of your drivers and place them in a default directory, or (b) programs that are larger but offer more options, including backing up specific categories of drivers, restoring drivers, and providing an information resource on installed drivers. Drivermax belongs to the latter category; here are some notes on this program:
- The user interface is entirely wizard based; any chosen task is conveniently broken down into 2 or 3 simple screens.
- You can export all drivers, drivers that belong to a certain category, or any specific selected drivers. Export to folder or to compressed zipped folder.
- Exporting is very fast compared to another program I’ve tried recently (and yes they both produced the same 35 megs worth of drivers).
- Importing and installing drivers can take as little as 5 mins and requires only a single reboot.
- Generates a comprehensive report on installed drivers that you can use to compare existing driver versions with the latest drivers that may be out there.
- Vista compatible.
- This program is registerware. You have to supply a valid email address within 30 days to get the free registration code. I advise you to use a disposable email address from Spamgourmet or mailexpire.
This is a nice program that does a great job and provides a very nice user experience.
Version tested: 2.4
Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista.
Go to the program page to get the latest version (approx 1.86 megs).