Important: To improve user experience, DriveTheLife has been updated to the new version called Driver Talent with a fresh new look and some fantastic features. Now all users can download this new version to fix computer driver issues.
Driver Talent is a professional Windows drivers download and update utility. It helps to keep your computer and devices from conflicts and issues and make them work in top condition. It can instantly find all driver issues and then fix them by downloading and installing the best-matched drivers.
Below is the detailed guide of how to switch interface language, how to use Driver Talent (the Pro version) to download, update, repair, backup, restore, uninstall, and pre-download Windows drivers for computer hardware and devices, like wireless network, network card, display card, motherboard, Bluetooth, media card, Audio card, USB WLAN card, etc. Besides, you can also download common game components from the Driver Status section. After that, you will have a well-performing computer and won't have any problems on computer drivers.
Free download and install Driver Talent on your computer in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows Server.
Here are the contents:
Activate Driver Talent to the Pro version to enjoy all features for a lifetime license.
Note: It's FREE to download, backup and uninstall/remove all drivers, including hardware drivers and peripheral (USB-connected) drivers. Also, to automatically install drivers, update drivers, restore drivers, pre-download drivers for your own computer, and download drivers for other PCs, you need to activate Driver Talent to the Pro version. Click on the "Activate Now" button on the software. In the pop-up window, activate to the Pro version for a lifetime license.
In order to let more users easily use Driver Talent, except for English, we add Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish and Turkish to the interface language. The default language is English. If you are a German or French native user, you can switch the interface to your native language. It is easy to complete the switch. Go to Settings, find the Language option, choose German or French from the drop-down menu.
You will enjoy a lifetime license to all features if you activate Driver Talent to the Pro version. Now you can start to download and install drivers for your computer hardware or devices.
Step 1. Click on the "Scan" button in the interface and Driver Talent will have a safe scan on your computer to check all the hardware and devices. It will find all driver issues that cause computer problems, including the drivers that are outdated, missing, damaged, broken, corrupted, or incompatible.
Step 2. After the scan, Driver Talent will list all the devices and driver status in the “Driver Status” section. You will have a very clear overview of them. There are one-click solutions --- select the drivers and you can one-click repair driver problems by downloading and installing the best-matched drivers, one-click update drivers, one-click reinstall drivers, one-click reboot, etc. Alternatively, you can download and install the drivers one-by-one.
Note: There are several new driver versions available for you to download. Driver Talent will recommend the best-matched driver version with a thumbs-up sign and there are also the latest driver versions. You can select the version you need to download it.
Backing up drivers is important because it enables you to restore drivers, especially when the drivers are missing or replaced with incompatible ones. This will help to avoid conflicts and errors. Moreover, it allows you to fix driver issues without Internet connection. For example, if you have backed up the network driver, you can restore it from backup to fix the "no Internet connection" issue. Then you will have Internet connection.
Click on "Backup Drivers" under the Rescue Center section. Driver Talent will automatically scan all the drivers and list the ones that need to be backed up. You can choose a certain driver or all of them and click on the "Start" button to back up the drivers.
All the backed-up drivers are stored in a default folder on your computer (E:\OSTotoFolder\DriversBackup). You are allowed to modify the backup directory in Settings.
You can restore drivers from backup when necessary, especially when the drivers are damaged or missing. This helps to fix driver issues without Internet connection.
Click on "Restore Drivers" under the Rescue Center section. Driver Talent will automatically scan to detect the drivers that can be restored. Select the devices of which you want to restore drivers and click on the "Restore" button.
Note: You can select any previous driver version to restore from for an exact hardware device. Click on the triangular symbol and choose one from the list.
Are you confused or anxious when your computer get stuck or corrupted after driver/software/system update? Now no fret any more. You can use Driver Talent to backup your system (create a system restore point) and restore your computer from the system restore point where it is working properly.
From the Restore Systems section, you can see the system restore and system restore point creation. By default, Driver Talent will help to create a system restore point every time it installs or updates driver for your computer. In case your computer get corrupted or damaged, like blue screen, black screen, can't restart and so on, you can boot into safe mode and launch Driver Talent to restore your computer to the previous system restore point.
Note: System restore will erase all the changes modified after the system restore point, so don't click the Restore button if you don't really need system restore.
Driver Talent is quite professional to uninstall drivers totally and clearly without residual files, which is very helpful for you to install new drivers successfully. (If you try to uninstall driver files from Device Manager, there are probably residual files in the registry, which will cause issues for newly-installed drivers, such as the new drivers won't work properly.)
Click on "Uninstall Drivers" under the Rescue Center section. Driver Talent will list all the drivers that you can uninstall. Select the ones to uninstall. Remember that once you uninstall the driver for a special device, the device won't work. Download and install a new driver for it.
If you have peripheral devices, such as the USB-connected devices, like a USB keyboard, a USB mouse, USB wireless LAN card, printer, etc. you can use Driver Talent to download and install the best-matched drivers to make the devices work properly.
Click on "Peripheral Drivers" on the left menu. There are two options under this section - Printer Drivers and USB Drivers.
To download a network printer driver, click on "Printer Drivers". There are three search options for your choice: Normal Search, Network Address Search and Network Section Search.
Firstly, you can try to search your network printer by normal search. Check “Normal Search” and click on the Search button.
Then Driver Talent will search for your network printer automatically. You can select your printer and click on the Next button to download and install drivers for it.
If you know the network address of your printer, you can try to search your printer via network address. Check “Network Address” and enter the network address, then click on the Search button.
Then your network printer will be listed below. Select it and click on the Next button.
You will be asked to confirm the brand of your printer. If confirmed, click on the Next button to continue. If you are not using the Pro version, you will be asked to activate Driver Talent to the Pro version in this step.
After the Pro version is activated successfully, Driver Talent will automatically download and install drivers for your network printer.
If you don’t know the exact network address of your printer, you can also try to search your printer via network section. Check “Network Section” and enter the network section, then click on the Search button.
Then all the network printers in this network section will be listed below. Select your printer and click on the Next button to repeat the download steps introduced above.
To download drivers for USB-connected devices, click on "USB Drivers". This tool will have an automatic scan to detect all connected devices and drivers. In the scan result, it will display the list of all the connected devices and driver status: normal drivers with green tick symbol and missing drivers with red exclamation symbol. Click on the "Install" to install the missing drivers for the connected USB devices.
Note: Click on one specific device in the list, and you will get detailed information of it on the right. You can also customize the settings by clicking on the "Settings".
If your connected devices are not in the list, please try to repair the drivers by clicking on the "Repair" button at the bottom.
The term pre-download means you can download drivers on your computer before anything about the system being changed (such as formatting, reformatting, system restore, OS update or downgrade, system changed, etc.), so that you can save the correct drivers and immediately install the drivers after the system being changed. You don't need to find drivers again online, especially when the computer doesn't have wireless or Ethernet Internet connection.
This "Pre-download" feature allows you to pre-download drivers for any Windows computer:
To pre-download and save drivers for your own computer
Step 1. Click on “For this PC” under the Pre-download Drivers section, and then click on the Start button in the right of “Step 1: Download drivers for the target OS”.
Step 2. Select your Windows Operating System (your PC OS will display by default). Then choose the download directory, in which the downloaded drivers will be saved (the default directory folder is recommended) and click on "Scan".
Step 3. After scanning, you will see a list of your computer hardware devices and the related drivers. Click "Download" to download all the drivers.
Step 4. After the download is finished, all the drivers are saved in the default folder. You can click the link to check. Now you can start to do whatever you like with your computer, such as Windows OS update/downgrade, system formatting/reformatting, system restore, etc.
Step 5. After all is done, you can install the pre-downloaded drivers on your computer. Back to previous interface, click on the Start button in the right of “Step 2: Install drivers”.
Step 6. Choose the save folder of the pre-downloaded drivers. The recommended directory folder is by default.
Step 7. Click on "Scan". After the scan, select all the drivers and click on "Install" to install all the pre-downloaded drivers.
Step 8. Restart your computer for all changes to take effect.
To download drivers for another computer
There are many cases that there is no Internet connection on a computer, which stops you from downloading drivers on it. You can use this "Pre-download" feature to download drivers for it.
Step 1. Export the hardware profile of the computer which has no Internet.
On the computer which has no Internet connection, run Driver Talent. Click on “Ask for help” under the Pre-download Drivers section. Select the hardware profile directory, which saves the exported hardware profile (the default directory is recommended), and click "Export".
Step 2. Transfer the hardware profile to the computer which has Internet.
After the export is finished, you will see a file named "pre-download" in the save directory folder. And that is the hardware profile. Transfer the "pre-download" file to your computer which has a good Internet connection.
Tips: How to transfer files from one computer to another? You can use a USB flash disk, a phone, etc. to move the files to and from computers.
Step 3. Download drivers on the computer with Internet connection.
On your computer which has good Internet access, run Driver Talent. Click on “For another PC” under the Pre-download Drivers section. Choose the hardware profile (the pre-download file) in step 2, the download directory, in which the downloaded drivers will be saved (the default directory folder is recommended), and click "Scan".
After scanning, click "Download" to start downloading all the drivers.
After the download is finished, you will see all the drivers are saved in the download directory.
Step 4. Transfer the downloaded drivers to the computer which has no Internet.
Use a USB disk or something like that to transfer the downloaded drivers to the computer which has no internet connection and which you need to install drivers to.
Step 5. Install drivers for the computer which has no Internet connection.
On the computer without Internet, run Driver Talent. Click on “Ask for help” under the Pre-download Drivers section. Choose the driver files which you have transferred onto the computer in step 4. Click on "Scan".
After the scan, click on "Install" to install all the downloaded drivers.
Step 6. Restart your computer for all changes to take effect.
Driver Talent provides a useful toolbox for hardware information detection and common computer issues repair.
- Hardware Detection. Driver Talent offers a quick way for you to view your computer hardware information, including the computer Operating System, CPU status, memory usage, Disk, AMD, motherboard, monitor, etc..
- Audio Repair. This utility can automatically detect the audio issues on your computer and help you address them quickly. If you are troubled by the no sound issue, try it right now.
- Game Repair. This utility can automatically detect most gaming issues and help you resolve them to improve your gaming experience.
Click on the "Setting" on the left menu and you can customize the utility's settings according to your need. You can modify how to run Driver Talent, the languages, folders for driver download and backup, or your network.