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Introduction

A Driver is a piece of software which helps the system to communicate with the hardware devices to run certain programs on the system. A driver operates like a translator for the programs that use hardware devices to perform specific functions. Each device which is used consists of specialized commands which the driver reads for the program.

Many drivers are installed in the system when the operating system is installed. With time the existing drivers become outdated. This limits hardware functionality and you may also experience many after-effects:

  • The applications may not function accurately.
  • Applications might run with errors and are slow.
  • New and improved features in the applications may not work appropriately.
  • System failure may happen in many occasions.
 

Driver Scan

WinZip Driver Updater is a reliable tool to update the outdated drivers to their upgraded versions. It checks the already existing drivers with the database containing the latest updates of drivers, and points out the drivers that need upgrading.

The whole process has been divided in 5 steps under the Driver Scan Tab (see left panel):


  1. Welcome
  2. Scan
  3. Results
  4. Installing
  5. Finish

Step1: Welcome

Outdated drivers on the system may pull down the system’s performance. It is necessary to update the latest drivers to allow the system to work to its full potential.

The Welcome screen helps you to initiate the driver scan. WinZip Driver Updater will thoroughly scan the system to identify the out-of-date drivers specific to the operating system of the computer. The System Summary in the lower half of the screen gives you the details of the Last Scan Date, Total Drivers on the system, Total Outdated Drivers and Total Up-To-Date Drivers.

Click on Start Scan Now to go to the next step.

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WinZip Driver Updater welcome screen

Step2: Scan

Scanning System for Outdated Drivers

During the scanning process, the drivers for the following devices are checked.

Disk Drives

Disk Drives or Hard Disk Drives are the data storage devices of system. WinZip Driver Updater scans through the disk drives to point out the associated out-of-date drivers.

DVD/CD-ROM Drives

DVD/CD-ROM Drives are removable data storage devices. WinZip Driver Updater scans for the out-of-date drivers used for these removable devices.

Keyboard

The keyboard is an input device, with multiples arrays of buttons to help you type characters and perform certain functions. WinZip Driver Updater will scan through the drivers used for this device.

Monitors

Monitors are electrical devices that display images generated by computers. WinZip Driver Updater will scan through the drivers used for these devices.

Others Devices

WinZip Driver Updater will scan through the existing drivers used for other important system devices.

SCSI/RAID

SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) is a set of standard commands, protocol and electrical interfaces that help the peripheral devices to connect to computers. RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is technique of storing the same information in multiple disks on the system.

WinZip Driver Updater checks through the drivers supporting their function and identifies the out-of-date drivers if any.

System Devices

System Devices include chipset and controllers, BIOS, cache, etc. which control data transfers within the computer between the processor, cache, system buses, and peripherals. Updated system device drivers positively impact a PC's operation and performance. WinZip Driver Updater reads through all system device drivers and point out the ones which are out-of-date.

Display Adapters

Display Adapters are plug-in cards that support the functioning of Monitors. They determine the maximum resolution, number of colors that can be displayed and many more things. WinZip Driver Updater examines the drivers associated with Display Adapters and points out the outdated drivers if any.

IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers

IDE (Integrated Development Environment) are software applications that give facility to programmers for software development. ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) are mass storage device interface and ATAPI (Advanced Technology Attachment Packet Interface) are ATAs to attach SCSI devices.

WinZip Driver Updater thoroughly checks the drivers associated with IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers to find out the out-of-date drivers.

Mouse and other pointing devices

Mouse and other pointing devices like joystick, light pen, or trackpad control the movements of the cursor for a visual computer.

Network Adapters

Network Adapters provide interfaces to connect the computer to a network connection. WinZip Driver Updater scans through the drivers used for Network Adapters to identify the outdated drivers.

Processors

Processors such as CPUs (Central Processing Unit) or Microprocessors are electronic circuits that help to execute computer programs. WinZip Driver Updater checks the existing drivers to find the total number of outdated drivers associated with processors.

Sound, Video and Game controllers

WinZip Driver Updater also checks for the drivers related to sound, video and game controllers to identify the outdated drivers if any.

Universal serial bus controllers

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a standard to connect devices and computer peripherals like mouse, keyboard, printers, digital cameras, external hard drives to the host computer. WinZip Driver Updater scans for the out-of-date drivers associated with USBs.

Step3: Results

Scan Results

Once the scan is through, the out-of-date drivers would be listed for different devices. Additional details like actual driver Installed date and Available update date are also given with each driver. Against each driver, a “Download/Update Driver” link is provided which simplifies the task of downloading the updated driver for individual devices on your system. A facility to update the selected drivers in one go is also given; you may just click on “Update Selected Drivers” and get all the updates in one shot.

Click on “View Summary” button to view the summary after scan and driver updation.

Report Feedback

You may report the feedback about the experience you had using the application by clicking on the link “Report feedback”. The information of the issues you faced can be passed on to us and this will help us make the application bug-free and error-free. (This is optional)

On clicking the link, a new window opens which asks for your email address and also gives you few common problems to choose from the dropdown list and you may also brief out the problem faced in words in the blank space provided. Prior to submitting details, you may preview them by clicking on the “Preview Feedback” button and then click on the “Submit” button. You may choose to close the window by clicking on the “Cancel” button.

Step4: Installing

After downloading is completed for the selected drivers, or for all the drivers together, WinZip Driver Updater will prompt you to install the updates on your system. Before installing the changes, the backups of the old drivers are made. In case, the system does not respond well to the changes or updates, the system can be reverted to the last configuration. This operation is done as a precaution to prevent the system from any bad installations.

To install the updates, you may click on “Install” button or click on “Don’t Install” to discontinue.

Step5: Finish

On installing the updates successfully, it is important to restart the system such that the old drivers are replaced by the new ones. Working on a system with installed updated may lead to system related issues; hence, WinZip Driver Updater will prompt you for a restart. Depending upon your choice, you may either choose to restart the system immediately and click on the “Restart button or you may choose to restart the system manually later and click on the “Cancel” button. It is recommended to restart immediately.

Note: Prior to initiating restart, the work you were doing on the system should be saved so that you do not lose your hard work.

 

Scan Results

Once the scan is through, the out-of-date drivers would be listed for different devices. You will be also given the details of the selected driver in the lower half of the screen, Driver Date, Driver Version and Update Date. Against each driver, an “Download/Update Driver” link is provided which simplifies the task of downloading the updated driver for individual devices on your system. A facility to update the selected drivers in one go is also given; you may just click on “Update Selected Drivers” and get all the updates in one shot.

Click on “View Summary” button to view the summary after scan and driver updation.

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WinZip Driver Updater Scan Results screen
 

Backup

Select the Type of Backup

Drive Updater offers two kinds of backups explained below. It is completely up to the user to select the type of back up as per individual needs.

Select Backup Job:

  • Create a complete backup of all system drivers – This option lets you take the complete backup of all the existing drivers on system before installing the updates.

On selecting this option, click on the “Next” button to initiate the backup process. To stop the backup process in between, you may click on the “Stop Backup” button. The backup summary is immediately displayed following a successful completion of backup process. To move to the Backup screen, click on the “Finish” button.

  • Create the backup of the specific drivers – This option lets you take the backup of drivers associated with the devices selected for upgradation.

On selecting this option, click on the “Next” button to initiate the backup process. A new screen opens displaying a list of all the devices with outdated drivers. You may check mark the devices for which you intend to update the corresponding drivers. To stop the backup process in between, you may click on the “Stop Backup” button. The backup summary is immediately displayed following a successful completion of backup process. To move to the Backup screen, click on the “Finish” button.

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WinZip Driver Updater Backup screen
 

Restore

Restore Drivers

WinZip Driver Updater also provides an undo support. It saves all the backups taken in the form of logs and lists them under the heading “Drivers Backup List”. Any backup item from the list can be restored if deemed necessary. For this, just select the backup item from the list and click on “Load Backup” to restore or click on “Delete Backup” to delete its entry.

You can choose either of the following two Reboot settings:

  • Prompt me if a reboot is required - WinZip Driver Updater will always ask the user before restarting the system on selecting this option.
  • Reboot automatically if required - WinZip Driver Updater will automatically restart the system when necessary without taking any permission from the user.

In short, the first option will always prompt you before a reboot, while the second option will automatically reboot to affect the changes.

Select Drivers to be Restored

When you select a backup to be restored, a list is displayed on a new window. The list displays drivers of all the devices, or the relevant devices included in the backup.

Either you may check the option, “Select All” to select all the devices for restoring, then click on “Restore” button.

OR

You may check the desired device(s) to restore the associated driver(s) and then click on “Restore” button to restore them.

The system may require a restart to complete the process of restoring the backups. To continue working on the system with an incomplete restoration process may cause serious system issues.

WinZip Driver Updater will prompt you for a restart. Depending upon your choice, you may either choose to restart the system immediately and click on the “Restart" Button or you may choose to restart the system manually later and click on the “Cancel” button. It is recommended to restart immediately.

Note: Prior to initiating restart, the work you were doing on the system should be saved so that you do not lose your work.

A restore summary will be shown on successful completion of the restoration process of the selected drivers, providing you the details of the number of drivers restored and the number of drivers remaining to be restored.

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WinZip Driver Updater Restore screen
 

Settings

Under this section, you may reset the application execution settings, select locations for saving the downloaded updates or backups taken, or add or remove drivers from the Driver Exclusion list.

General Settings

Under this section you may check/uncheck the option given to automatically start scanning for outdated drivers when the WinZip Driver Updater is launched.

Select Location

Under this section you may select:

  • Any location on system where the driver downloads can be saved.
  • Any location on system where the backups taken can be saved.

To save any changes in the settings, you may click on “Apply” button or to restore the default settings click on the “Default” button.

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WinZip Driver Updater Settings screen

Scheduler

Switching on to improved and updated drivers is periodically recommended. Scheduler facilitates to schedule the driver scans as per user’s priorities. The scan starts automatically at the predefined day, date and time. This is a helpful mechanism as we might skip this important task quite often.

You may set the time of the scan by using the various options given.

Options to schedule scan:

“Every Day” at a specified time

OR

“Run Once” on a specified date (can be set using the calendar dropdown) and time

OR

“Every Week” on specified days at a particular time (check mark the days of the week for automatic scan)

OR

“Do Not Schedule” scan (undo the scheduled scans)

The next scheduled scan is displayed in the bottom of the screen.

Every time you schedule a scan or edit a scheduled scan, it is necessary to click on the “Apply” button to save the changes you have done.

Driver Exclusion

You can add drivers to the Driver Exclusion List which you intend to skip from scanning. Added drivers are excluded while scanning for outdated drivers, and are not detected as obsolete until removed from the list.

To add desired drivers to Exclusion, right click on the desired drivers from the Scan Result and Select the option “Add to Exclusion”.

You may remove individual drivers or all the drivers together using the “Remove Item” and “Remove All Items” buttons respectively. The drivers removed then will be included in the subsequent scans and the updates can be seen eventually.

You may alternatively remove items using the options (Remove All From Exclusion List and Remove This From Exclusion List) in the context menu displayed on right-clicking on any item.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does WinZip Driver Updater do?

Drivers are supporting software that help the system to interact with the hardware devices to carry out some important operations. The existing drivers on the system may not be up to date and need to be replaced. It is very difficult to update drivers manually from the Internet. This task can be easily accomplished using WinZip Driver Updater.

WinZip Driver Updater incorporates a rich database of all the latest and upgraded versions of drivers available in the market. WinZip Driver Updater scans through the whole system, checks the existing drivers against the database, and lists the outdated drivers specific to the operating system of the computer which can be upgraded to the new and improved versions. As per individual needs, the user can download and install the updates without making the task very bothersome. As an effect of this, the system performance is enhanced.

WinZip Driver Updater also takes a backup of the old drivers before replacing them with the new. Many times, the new updates are bothersome and interfere with proper system functionality. You can then restore the system with all the existing drivers and get rid of all the current issues.

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