The Top Freeware Apps Chosen by Maximum PC Readers!

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boblivious

There are 2 versions of DriverMax. The free version is severely crippled - maximum of 2 driver downloads per day, and multiple 30 second countdown timers. There's also a paid version (DriverMax Pro), which removes these limitations. Details here.

The shtty thing is they don't tell you this on their site. In fact, if you don't know the URL above, information on the difference between DriverMax and DriverMax Pro is impossible to find. They deliberately keep that secret so that users install and run DriverMax first. They don't tell you about the limitations until after they've copied all your drivers up the their servers.

Having different functionality in free and paid versions is a legitimate business model. But hiding the limitations in the free version until after scanning and uploading all your drivers is the height of scumbaggery.

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nekollx

 to be fair, before this article was published free was unlimited...it's why i recomended it...

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seangreg

Beware of Drivermax -- if you read their documentation you'll see that when they backup your drivers they collect and save them, and then when you do driver update they send you drivers that they got from other people's computers.  That's a <strong>very problematic approach for security </strong>.  How easy would it be for someone to put a worm in a driver file and send it to thousands of drivermax users by doing 'backup'.   I'd avoid this program at all costs.  

Radarsync is the other free driver update program and I find it better.  Most important it avoids the security risk of driver max (its faq states that it downloads updates from vendor websites, which is the safest option).  It also has some nice extra features like software update (like filehippo), online backup of software and drivers, and reminds you to set a system restore point before you install new updates.  The first rule of updating is not to do any harm, and radarsync passes this test with flying colors.

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nekollx

wellexcept for the fact that you know Driver max gives you several download versions and you can opt for the Manufacturer Digitall Signed Version or you know, the not signed one.

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psycorobot

 it won't uninstall properly in my experience. the takbar in 7 does me fine, i just wish i could pin the recycle bin to it.

 

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy....

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OhSoCheesy

Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/

Windowssecrets.com recommended this on Dec 18, 2008 (http://windowssecrets.com/2008/12/18/09-Free-software-update-service-spots-risky-apps)

I've been using it since with XP and W7.  It doesn't download and install the driver/program, but give you a direct download link to the driver/program.  I like the ability to pick and choose what I install, so this is preferable to me.   It just shows what you currently have vs. what is the newest available.  

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Keith E. Whisman

BTW Driver Max seems to work just fine in Windows 7 RC.

I'm running Windows 7 RC as my exclusive OS.

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Trouble4u

I downloaded the program and ran it. It asked some info that was not too personal. When I ran the program, it gave me a list of drivers that needed to be updated and when I tried, it asked for more personal information that I reluctantly gave to them. Now when I try to download updates, it says that you can only download one driver a day to save their bandwidth. This program is really not as good as everyone is making it out to be. It does show you the drivers that need to be updated, but some of the drivers show that the updates are no good.

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Keith E. Whisman

Installed driver max. Had to setup an account but that didn't hurt much because all it wants is a user name, password, a hidden real name and your email address so you can get the activation code.

I ran Driver Max and it told me that all my drivers were up to date. So this just goes to show you that for someone like me a program like this may help speed things up because I religeously check all the websites for updates every week. It'll only help a little because I'm liable to visit the sites anyway to find possible beta updates.

But for someone like the Blond Wife or dumb as a rock mother-in-law then this program can help keep them happy.

What I want to do for people that don't know much about PC's is set them up so every time they reboot their computer all previous changes will revert to my settings. Those stupid BHO's and Toolbars and stuff and so called malware infested anti malware programs they install will simply cease to exist after a reboot.

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dugn

Downloaded it.  Installed it.  Can't do anything unless you register with some personal information.  Servers were busy, so it wouldn't take.  Same 'server busy' response all day.  Wasted time - bad recommendation.

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ElderJefferson

We share the same experience

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holmessh

Anyone know of a DriverMax like program for Windows 7?  According tot he website it only works for XP and Vista.

Thanks

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nekollx

since 7 isnt out yet try vista drivers, they work in most cases. I think you'll be hard pressed to find drivers for a beta/release canididate

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markikswabe

I've installed Driver Max successfully into Windows 7 however, I'm having a problem in updating the driver updates since it always show "pause to give up internet connection" and when I look in the logs, it has Errors. Could anyone know how to fixed it? By the way, it only appears when I try to install batch drivers but, if I do it one-by-one it works ok. 

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nekollx

id help but i use vista

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ElderJefferson

Why does every production of "Free Software Apps" recommend a different driver update program? The first one I read was (forgot the name, probably because I didn't like it), then they recommended FileHippo (which I am presently using and enjoy greatly), and now it's DriverMax. What gives?

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nekollx

File Hippo is for programs (open office, defraggler, comando, etc)

Driver Max is for well the Drivers

 

there is a difference, you dont open a driver to make the Next Great American novel and you dont use Open Office to update your GPU for Crysis 

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TheMurph

Bingo.

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ElderJefferson

Thanks for clearing that up. Makes a little more sense now.

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sgtgregg

Maximum PC, I love you guys, but seriously, which ever reader(s) suggested these programs are smoking crack! I don't like any of them. All are pretty lame and useless.

Sometime back you did a article on 32 applications to have or something like that... those apps were far better than these here. So please respond to your reader(s) that suggested these and tell them to lay off the Payotee!

 

Vr

 Sarge!

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marshallladd

Driver max is a cool program, but it only lets you install one driver per day from their server.  I have 14 out of date drivers apparently(some are duplicates like multiple USB ports) and don't want to wait 1-2 weeks to be all up to date.  Can someone point me to where I might find Intel Drivers easier?  I have spent the past couple hours looking for drivers for SATA controllers, PCI bridge, and USB driver upgrades etc.

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nekollx

i use DriverMax on every new pc i set up there is no such thing as a one driver a day limit

scan

click on the files it flags (either via the website or the updater itself)

Download and install

 

ive done batches of 14-20 drivers at a time 

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marshallladd

I'll give it a try again.  When I got to the page that displays the drivers available for update, at the very top of the page it said "limit one per day" though.  Could be a new addition, or I read into it wrong.  They did just upgrade their servers last night.  Maybe they added that new restriction with it.

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nekollx

or your mistaking a add for the product, free ware has to make a income somewhere. They promote other products

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rhardy99

"ive done batches of 14-20 drivers at a time"

I even tried saving the *.dmx-info file to desktop for each of the drivers I need and put them back in the que, still only allowed my 1st download to go.  Any help would be much appreciated.  Or if anyone else uses a different free "driver update tool" that would be great.

Thanks in advance,

Russ

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nekollx

dunno why your having problems, i just do a scan with driverMax, doload each dmxinfo file one at a time, but definitly more then one a day, then just install them once they show up in the bottom driver list of the program

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rhardy99

Maybe it is a version issue?  I downloaded version 4.92 today.

Thanks for the help!

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linkmaster6

Wow who the hell suggested these? The folding CD looks like the only useful thing on here

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TheMurph

If you don't mind my asking, what don't you like about the applications?  Do you like your start menu / taskbars just the way they are?  Is your desktop free of icons, thus limiting the need for icon organization applications?  Do you run all of your driver updates manually?

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rhardy99

I downloaded the DriverMax and find that the limitation of 1 driver download a day makes this an undesirable program.  I have over 11 drivers that can be updated and I was able to find 4 on my own by searching the maker of the device's websites.  Now I just have to wait 6 more days to get the rest. :)

Maybe put in a note about the 1 driver per day limitation in order to warn users.  I also don't think it should have been put on a "MaximumPC's TOP Freeware Apps" due to the limitation.  To find a positive about the app, it did help me find possible drivers I need to update where RadarSync only picked up about half.  I hope this is not a false report on Drivermax.  For example: laptop shows (3) Intel 82801 devices need upgrading, yet when I try to download the latest Intel chipset driver it says I have the latest.  I guess I will see tomorrow if DriverMax was able to update it or not.

Intel 82801 PCI Bridge-2448, current ver=6.0.0.1013, proposed new ver.=9.1.1.1004

Thanks Murph!

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nekollx

That's Murph's LAWL 

 

((couldn't resist) 

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Dougan47

I have  vista 64 and the website lists only 32 bit version. Also, your hypertext "here" took me to driver detective. Caught you being human? lol

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Hurricane

Tried to install this and you have to register at their website, but when you try to register it says sorry they are installing new servers try some other time.  So it doesn't work without going through the registration.

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SuperiorBeing

I don't really see the need for Rocketdock, the Windows 7 taskbar seems good enough for me...

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Denis63

I like that folding CD, ill have to get that...       -Denis

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Laszlo44

Would like one addition to articles like this:  which op system they are for as I still rock along with XP 32bit. 

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AntiHero

 Rocketdock is on all Windows os's.

I don't like Microsoft, I associate with it.

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AntiHero

Been using things like rocketdock on linux for years now. Might want to try the Stack Docklet if you use RocketDock and like it. Also YAY I'M MENTIONED! Cool.

I don't like Microsoft, I associate with it.

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SEALBoy

I got mentioned!

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