Snappy Driver Installer v1.12 Review

Snappy Driver Installer (SDI) is a powerful, free Windows driver update tool that stores your entire driver collection offline. This allows the program to access fast driver updates even if it cannot find a valid internet connection.

This review is for Snappy driver installer version, released on April 7, 2024. If I need to review a new version, please let me know.

I've used this software on and off a lot, and I can't find much to dislike about it.

what we like
  • Download drivers directly from the program, so you don't need to use a web browser.

  • Drivers can be downloaded for offline use.

  • Support batch driver download and installation.

  • Download at full speed without restrictions.

  • There is no limit to the number of downloads and updates you can perform.

  • There are no ads at all.

  • There is an option to create a restore point before installing the driver.

  • It is portable so no installation is required.

what we don't like
  • It's a bit confusing to use.

  • Unable to create a schedule to check for updates.

  • Snappy drivers are available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP
  • Drivers are downloaded through the Snappy driver installer and are called driver packages , which are just collections (packages) of drivers for various hardware (such as sound devices, graphics cards, etc.).
  • Options next to the Snappy Driver Installer (in expert mode ) allow you to filter the results to show drivers that are not installed but need to be installed, drivers that are newer than installed drivers, and to show only current or older drivers program
  • You can use Snappy Driver Installer to find and open the INF file of an installed driver
  • Updates that require a computer restart are marked as such to distinguish them from other updates; the restart does not occur automatically so that all drivers have a chance to install
  • Snappy driver installer can also show duplicate drivers and invalid drivers
  • You can see driver information such as manufacturer and hardware ID as well as the date and version number of installed and available drivers.

This is a great program that not only finds which of your devices need driver updates, but also finds the specific, correct driver that the device requires and actually installs the driver for you.

Unfortunately, Snappy Driver Installer isn't as easy to use as similar programs like Driver Booster, but it's still pretty self-explanatory. After the program downloads the driver updates your computer needs, you can use the side menu to select and install them all.

Something I should mention again is how to use Snappy Driver Installer for offline driver updates. I like this feature because it means I can download tons of drivers for many different devices at the same time, but not be able to install any drivers on my computer. I can then load these drivers into the Snappy driver installer on any computer, even if it doesn't have a network connection.

This download contains some EXE files. One is called SDIO_x64 and is available for 64-bit versions of Windows. If you need help choosing the right version, see How to tell if you have Windows 64-bit or 32-bit.