DriveTheLife is a simple free tool which checks your PC's device drivers, alerts you to any updates and installs them on demand.

Launch the program and it scans your system immediately, no prompting required. A report warned us that 1 driver needed "repairing" - whatever that means - and recommended that 5 drivers should be backed up.

(We're used to seeing this kind of program recommend more, but DriveTheLife appears to ignore all the usual system devices. We didn't see prompts for SMBUS controllers or Event Timers, with the program concentrating instead on five more major categories: Display, Media, Modem, USB and Network).

We clicked Repair, and watched as our wireless network driver was downloaded and installed. This all happened entirely automatically, no prompts displayed, no further work required on our part.

The Update function is separate, oddly, and not even visible on the Home screen. But on clicking "Local" we were told that two of our drivers required updating, and given options to process them individually or all at once (again, the updates ran smoothly and without any issues).

Our drivers were also backed up to a C:\DTLFolder (this can be changed to whatever you like). In a neat touch, the drivers DriveTheLife had downloaded were also archived, handy if you need to reinstall or use them on another system.

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Some people say there's little value in updating drivers, that you can cause more problems than you solve. They might have a point, but if you'd like to try this kind of tool anyway, DriveTheLife is an above-average example of the type.