If you're experiencing hardware-related issues when attempting to play a video game, for example, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's time to buy new gear. Such problems can be usually resolved by just updating drivers to the newest version.

Unfortunately, Windows is still unreliable when it comes to fetching the latest driver versions from the Internet. Instead, you can turn to third-party apps specialized in this, such as DriverAssist.

Wrapped in a user-friendly interface and backed by intuitive options, DriverAssist is capable of scanning the computer to automatically detect outdated drivers, finding the newest versions online, and then installing them on your system. It also has backup and restore features to ensure that Windows can be reverted to its working state in case driver compatibility issues occur.

The main application window is split into several sections that should make things clear. An initial scan is required to search for drivers, identify their current versions and check the web to see if newer are available. If you're interested in details, you can check out descriptions, current and newer versions, as well as time of versions in the scan results list.

All outdated drivers are auto-selected by DriverAssist for download and update. However, any can be excluded. Once the drivers are downloaded, you can allow the tool to install them on your PC right away. Before doing so, it offers to create system restore points. If changes are not made immediately afterward, it probably means that you have to restart the PC.

Furthermore, you can schedule the tool to check for drivers once or regularly, even if the computer is idle. It's also possible to exclude any types of drivers from the scanner, prevent the app from running at every Windows startup, and view system information.

It worked smoothly on Windows 10 in our tests, downloading and updating drivers quickly while remaining light on system resources usage. Thanks to its intuitive interface and options, DriverAssist should meet the standards of many users looking for a reliable driver updater.