Driver Booster User Manual

About Driver Booster

Driver Booster is a powerful and easy-to-use driver updater. With the best 1-click solution and a large database, Driver Booster can help you rapidly & securely update outdated drivers, install missing drivers, and fix incorrect drivers. By solving these driver issues, it keeps your PC away from system crash, BSOD, no audio, bad resolution, network failure, etc. to increase your system compatibility and stability while saves you plenty of time and effort.

Besides, the feature Boost in Driver Booster offers very easy solutions for ultimate gaming experience and top system performance.

System Requirements

Install Driver Booster

Uninstall Driver Booster

Activate Driver Booster PRO

Note: A valid license key is required to activate the PRO version. You can click here to purchase one. Already have one but forgot? Go here to get it back.

Click the key icon icon at the bottom right of Driver Booster interface, COPY & PASTE your license code into the box, and click the check icon icon at the right side. Or visit here for step-by-step activation guidance with screenshots.

where to enter code

Update Driver Booster

PRO users can always enjoy the latest version automatically with the Update automatically checkbox ticked by default in the Settings. FREE users can manually update Driver Booster with either of the options below:

Glance at Main Interface

When opening Driver Booster, you will see Driver Status of the last scan and an eye-catching SCAN button.

main screen of free version

Driver Booster supports updating the following:

Note: Game Component update is only available in the PRO edition. So if you are a PRO user, you may see Game Components outdated and can update them to the latest versions.

main screen of pro version

Scan / Update

Driver Booster can assist you to update the outdated drivers effortlessly. Read the following introduction of Scan for Drivers, Scan Result, and Update Driver to know how it works.

Scan for Driver Updates

Click SCAN to start. You can STOP the scan and re-scan at any time you want.

scanning screen

Note: By default, Driver Booster scans automatically when it's launched. Go to Settings to disable the automatic scan if you dislike it.

auto scan settings

Scan Result

You can see the total quantity of outdated device drivers and outdated game components at the top of the scan results screen. The scan result depends on your PC condition. And Driver Booster scans for 4 issues:

scan result of driver booster

Update Drivers

You can follow either of the methods below to start the update:

Generally, there are 3 stages for driver update:

  1. Download drivers. With breakpoint resume technology, you are allowed to stop anytime and Driver Booster will continue the download next time instead of starting over again.
  2. Create a restore point. If you disable the option 'Automatically create a system restore point before a driver is installed' in Settings, this stage will be skipped.
  3. Install the downloaded drivers.

updating

Note: For PRO users, there may be one more stage – automatically back up a driver before it is installed. Check it in Settings:

auto backup settings

The time needed for the update depends on driver size and download speed. You can choose Automatically reboot PC or Automatically shut down PC on the updating screen, and click the minimize icon icon at the top right to minimize the whole window, then leave it and forget it. After it's completed, you will get a countdown message to reboot PC or shut down PC accordingly.

auto reboot or shut down pc options

Boost

Boost module in Driver Booster offers two features: Game Boost and System Optimize.

Game Boost

Game Boost stops unnecessary apps/services to help you get a better gaming experience.

Some unnecessary services/processes are already selected by default, so you can just click Turn On to boost. Or you can click the Configure text link and select the items you want to stop to boost your game performance.

configure game boost

configure boost detail

After the boost, you can click the Details text link to view all the stopped processes/services/apps. And you can click the Turn Off button to turn off Game Boost at any time.

details about boosted processes

To run Game Boost more conveniently, Driver Booster supports creating a desktop icon and adding "Run with Driver Booster Game Boost" to context menu. Just click the settings icon at the top right corner of Game Boost to set.

gameboost settings

System Optimize

System Optimize helps clean up junk files, privacy traces and redundant registry entries, optimize your internet speed and system with the all-in-one product Advanced SystemCare.

If you haven't installed Advanced SystemCare yet, clicking the Optimize button will guide you to install Advanced SystemCare for further optimization.

Or you can click the Details text link to view all the items which can be optimized. And click the Install to Optimize button to install Advanced SystemCare to optimize them.

system optimize details link

preview system optimize item

If you've already installed Advanced SystemCare, you can click the Run Now button to optimize your system with Advanced SystemCare.

run advanced systemcare

Tools

Driver Booster provides you with 8 useful tools: Rescue Center, Fix No Sound, Fix Device Error, Fix Network Failure, Fix Bad Resolution, Clean Unplugged Device Data, System Information, and Software Updater.

These tools can help detect and fix some common problems like no sound, network failure, wrong resolution, clean unplugged Device Data, check the system & hardware information, and update programs to the latest versions. Besides that, the tool Rescue Center can back up drivers, restore your drivers and restore your system to a previous good status. You can use these tools anytime by clicking the icon tools tab icon on the left side of the main interface and clicking the tool you need.

tools in driver booster

Note:

  • The tool Fix Device Error is only available for PRO users.
  • Unplugged devices are those devices flagged with the unplugged icon icon in the driver list, which means they are not plugged into your PC at this moment. It is not a 'problem' and needs no 'fix'. But, if you are sure you won't use them anymore, click the drop-down menu icon button, and select Uninstall to uninstall them one by one.
  • uninstall unplugged device

  • If there are too many good-for-nothing unplugged devices, you can click the tool Clean Unplugged Device Data to remove the unplugged devices' data in bulk. You can also click the Ignore text link to keep the device data and clean the rest by clicking the Clean button.
  • Note: Clean Unplugged Device Data will remove the unplugged device data only. The unplugged devices' drivers are still installed on your computer. When you plug them again, you can use them without any problems.

    clean unplugged device data

    Action Center

    Click the action center tab icon to open Action Center and learn more about how the other recommended well-known IObit products can help you with your computer. If you haven't installed them yet, it's strongly recommended that you click the Install now button to install them.

    If you are using Driver Booster Pro, you can also find an exclusive offer for Driver Booster Premium users only to purchase other IObit programs and IObit trusted Partners' products at a very considerable discount here.

    Note: Clicking Hide at the top can keep the recommended programs out of sight if you are not interested in them.

    action center

    Auto Driver Update

    Note: Auto Driver Update is a PRO exclusive feature. You can set it in the Settings.

    If the 'Automatically update drivers while the system is idle' option is ticked, Driver Booster will automatically 'download' the updates or 'download and install' the updates in the background when your system is idle.

    If you tick the 'Download and install driver & game component updates' option, you can also select the types of drivers which you want to update automatically.

    auto update when the system is idle

    Restore Driver Updates

    To minimize the bad effect of any unexpected issues caused by driver updates, Driver Booster provides 3 strategies for easily repair: Driver Roll Back, Driver Restore, and System Restore.

    Driver Roll Back

    In the scan result window of Driver Booster, you can click the drop-down menu button at the end of every listed outdated driver, and select Roll Back, if it is available, to roll back the driver to its previous version.

    And you can also click the version link (Available or Current) to open Drivers Details window to check whether you can roll back the driver to its previous version.

    roll back options

    roll back option

    Driver Restore

    To restore a driver, there has to be a driver backup first. Driver backup feature included in Driver Booster can help you back up drivers so that you can restore drivers when you need to. For how it works, please see the following information.

    Note: Driver Backup works for PRO users only.

    Click the tools tab icon icon on the left side of the main interface and open Rescue Center. If there is any driver version available for backup, it will be listed under the Driver Backup tab. To back them up, just tick the checkbox before them and click the Back Up button. Backup Version indicates the version you backed up for that driver while Current Version means the driver version you install at present. If you find Current Version is newer than Backup Version, you can back up that driver again to its latest installed version.

    back up drivers in rescue center

    In the Driver Restore tab, you can select the driver you want to restore and click the Restore button to re-install the backed up (the previous) version.

    restore driver in rescue center

    System Restore

    Note: Restoring system will undo all changes made after that restore point. Driver Booster supports manually creating or removing restore points.

    Driver Booster creates a restore point before updating the driver by default. Choose a restore point according to Date and Time or Description to restore the system to the previous good state.

    system restore in rescue center

    Ignore Unwanted Updates

    If there is any driver you don't want to update, you can click the drop down menu button at the right side of a driver line, and select Ignore to ignore either this driver update or all updates of this device.

    ignore driver updates

    ignore driver updates confirmation

    The ignored drivers won't be scanned for the corresponding updates until you recover them from the Ignored list in Settings:

    ignored drivers in settings

    Driver Update History

    Click the options icon icon at the top left of the main interface and select Driver Update History to check what operation you did about your drivers and components with Driver Booster.

    driver update history

    Silent Mode

    Silent Mode can help you a lot when you want to focus on what you are doing. Once you select the option Auto Silent Mode in Settings, Driver Booster will automatically turn to silent mode when your full-screen task or specified program/game is running, which means you will not receive any notification from Driver Booster.

    silent mode

    If any program or game you want to stay focused on, just add it to the Your Specified Programs/Games list. You can also delete any program or game from the list as per your own needs.

    Configure UI

    Click the options icon icon, you will see the Skin options at the bottom left of the popup window.

    driver booster skins

    And you can click Settings to quickly change Language, Font Size, and Transparency under General.

    UI settings

    Configure the Program

    Click the options icon icon, select Settings…, configure each function as per your needs, and never forget to click OK to save the changes. Clicking Recommended can restore to default settings.

    recommended settings

    Technical Support

    Every feedback from you is valued. To ensure you can reach us in time, we provide several feedback channels:

  • FAQs
  • It's recommended to read our FAQs before looking in the other sections for help. Because sometimes, the questions have already been answered before you ask them!

  • Program Built-in Feedback
  • Click the feedback icon icon at the top right of the main interface of Driver Booster to open the Feedback window. Make sure your Email Address is correct, choose a proper Request Type, and specify your feedback in Description. Besides, it will be very helpful if you can click the screenshot icon icon to send us screenshots of the related error messages if any.

    Note: In Feedback, it will intelligently provide you with a proper solution as per the Request Type you select. The following picture is an example.

    feedback request type

  • IObit Forums
  • Post your questions and concerns to IObit Forums and discuss them with many other experienced and enthusiastic users and our technical staff.

  • Online Feedback
  • Besides the above feedback channels, you can also give Online Feedback for email support. We will reply to you ASAP.

    Thank You

    Thanks to all Driver Booster users, who motivate us to make this product better and better.

    Thanks to IObit Forum Administrators, Super Moderators, and Moderators, who dedicate their time to assisting our forum visitors and keeping the forums running smoothly.

    Thanks to the following volunteer translators, who greatly help improve Driver Booster user experience and introduce it to more users worldwide:

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