A functioning Windows operating system is required to install this software. Concerning the hardware as a rule of thumb: the more powerful your system is, the better the software will work. You require at least:
- Windows 10, Windows 7 oder Windows 8 (either 32- or 64-bit)
- at least 1 Gigabyte RAM
- .NET 4.6.2 Framework (will be installed automatically if needed)
- A connection to the internet is required while using the software, e.g. to download new drivers.
Please contact our support if unexpected problems occur while using SecuPerts Driver Updater. You can reach our Support-Center through our contact form here on our homeage. To help you as effectively as possible we require the following information:
- Software name (SecuPerts Driver Updater) and version number.
- The designation of the used operating system and possibly installed service packs.
- A short error description as well as how frequent it occurs (sporadic, regular).
Installing the software
To install SecuPerts Driver Updater proceed as following:
- Save all your current data and close all open programs.
- If you bought SecuPerts Driver Updater on CD please insert the disc. The setup wizard will start automatically; if not, please open your CD-ROM drive through ‘My Computer’ on your Desktop and execute the file setup per double click (e.g. D:\Setup.exe)
- If you bought the download version of SecuPerts Driver Updater, please start the downloaded file per double click. If you have not yet downloaded the file can to it here on our homepage.
Under options you can choose your desired installation path. You can also choose if you want to create a desktop shortcut after the installation is complete. To save these settings click on ‘OK’. The setup wizard will guide you step-by-step through the installation. As usual the following procedure applies:
- Install: The ‘Install’ button will start the installation. Up to the point where you click on ‘Install’ no changes at your system will be made.
- Close: The ‘Close’ button interrupts the installation and cancels all previously changes made.
After successfully installing SecuPerts Driver Updater you can start it with the following methods:
- Through the start menu: Click on ‘Start -> Programs -> Engelmann Software -> DriverUpdater.
- Through the desktop: Double click on the SecuPerts Driver Updater icon on your Desktop (if you chose to create it during the setup).
- Through the quick start bar: Click on the SecuPerts Driver Updater icon in the quick start bar. (Note: By default the quick start bar is not available after Windows 7.)
Important: Prior to the first program start please make sure that your PC has a stable internet connection so SecuPerts Driver Updater can be licensed and activated.
Device driver check
The main task of SecuPerts Driver Updater is checking your devices for new drivers. It compares your installed drivers with our database to find outdated ones. Afterwards new drivers are downloaded for your outdated devices and installed automatically. This process includes these three steps:
- First check
Having outdated drivers on your system can have a huge impact on its performance. Therefore it is important to keep them up-to-date. After starting the software for the first time you are prompted to perform a first check. It examines your devices and compares them to our database. A progress bar shows you the remaining time and the number of found devices. Names of the devices are shown in the lower area. These devices are being checked:
- Drives: All connected drives, like disk drives or CD-/ DVD-ROM drives are being checked.
- Monitors: A monitor is used to display content calculated by your computer.
- Graphics Cards: Graphics cards are used to control the output at the monitor. They determine the maximum resolution and the number of portrayable colors.
- Processors: Computers use CPUs (Central Processing Unit) or micro controllers to calculate their operations.
- Keyboards: Keyboards are used to input many different characters into your computer.
- Mice and other pointing devices: Mice and other pointing devices control movements of your curser.
- System devices: System Devices include chipset and controllers, BIOS and cache, which control data transfers within the computer between the processor, cache, system buses, and peripherals.
- Network adapters: The network adapter allows connection to a network. It also controls your internet connection.
- Universal serial bus controller: Most devices use the USB standard (Universal Serial Bus Controller) to connect to your computer.
- SCSI/ RAID: SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) allows you to connect peripherals to your computer. RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) makes saving data on multiple disks at once possible.
- IDE ATA/ ATAPI controller: IDE (Integrated Device Electronics) is the name of physical data lines. ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) is an interface to save data. ATAPI (Advanced Technology Attachment Packet Interface) attach these to SCSI commands.
- Sound, Video and Game controller: Sound, Video and Game controllers are also checked for possible updates.
- Other devices: Other devices are not excluded from the update check.
To start another update check, press the “Refresh driver list” button in the next window.
The result of the driver check is presented as a list. Devices with a necessary update are at the top of this list. Each entry contains name and class of the device as well as date of the installed driver. If an update is necessary the date of the newest driver is also shown here. Colors on the right are used to show how important an update for each driver is. The button “More info” additionally contains the manufacturer of the driver.
The button “Update” inside of each list entry starts the download of the respective driver. If you want to install all drivers at once, you can use the “Update all” button in the lower right. Single drivers can be excluded from the list by pressing the “Skip” button. They can be restored in the setting under Exclusion list.
After the update of your chosen drivers is completed, the system should be restarted. This is important to ensure the proper installation of all drivers.
Device driver backup
Creating backups of your installed drivers is especially important. If any problems occur, you can just revert to a prior state. You can either recover all drivers at once or choose single drivers (experts only). After you have chosen one option the backup is started through clicking the “Backup now” button. The process can be stopped by clicking the “Cancel” button. To change the system path where the backups are saved go to Setting > Folders.
Device driver restore
Device driver restore contains a list of all drivers you have backed up before. Each entry represents a single driver with its name, class, version and date of the backup. Single drivers can be restored by pressing the respective “Restore” button on the right. To delete a backup, press the respective “Delete” button. After you are done restoring drivers the system should be restarted to ensure proper installation.
The settings allow you to alter SecuPerts Driver Updater for your preferences. Additionally you can change the save paths for downloaded drivers and backups. The exclusion list can also be edited here. The settings are divided into four categories:
- Exclusion list
- Program autostart – This option adds SecuPerts Driver Updater to your system autostart. From now on the software will start while your computer boots.
- Program language – You can choose between many different languages. The change will take effect immediately.
- Program start – Activating this option forces SecuPerts Driver Updater to start in full screen.
- Program updates – This setting activates automatic updates on every startup of SecuPerts Driver Updater.
The folder setting allows you to change save paths of backups and downloaded drivers separately. This is done by clicking the respective button with the three dots. This opens the explorer where you can choose your save path. Make sure you have enough free space on the selected drive.
The exclusion list contains previously skipped drivers. Clicking on a driver marks it to be added for checks again. After selecting all your drivers press the “Remove selected” button. You can also recover the whole exclusion list by clicking the “Remove all” button.
The scheduler allows you to prepare a time plan for driver update checks. It has the following settings:
- No schedule: No automatic checks will be performed.
- Daily: You can choose a time at which an update check will be performed each day.
- Weekly: You can select one or more weekdays for update checks. The time can be adjusted as well.
- Monthly: You select an interval of days after which an update should be performed. The time can be adjusted as well.