If you are having issues with your computer it’s often necessary to check the versions of drivers that you have installed on your system, especially when the problem is with a display driver, which always seem to have the most issues.
There’s a really simple little utility called DriverView that you can use without even installing (just unzip it and run) that will quickly give you a list of which drivers are installed, the version numbers and other useful information.
Once you launch the utility, it’s fairly self explanatory…
If you double-click on the driver you can see all the details:
You can also choose to save the list of drivers in a number of different formats. Text format would be useful if you wanted to paste it into a forum thread while asking for assistance.
Alternatively, you can generate an HTML report of all the items or just the selected ones.
It could be useful to generate a report when your system is working optimally that you could later compare against if you have issues with driver updates in the future. Note that system restore helps out with that as well…
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- Published 11/28/07