Windows 8.1 fails miserably to tell you when there is available a new driver for you computer. Windows update sometimes shows you some driver, but it does not have a good database for it.
So I started to think about all that tools available that helps you update your driver, but there are so many and some looks more like a scams.
EasyDriver ProPersonal Opinon: Didn't like it
1) It tried me to install some extra unrequested software, but the good thing is that it asked if you want ot install it or not.
2) You can only install newer driver if you pay for it.
3) It showed me drivers that I was not able to verify it exists. For example, it says me there is an Intel 126.96.36.1996 driver for my chipset, but I searched Google for it and all results was for sites that wanted you to install a driver tool like this one. (pcpitstop.com, driverscape.com, etc)
4) It installed also as a auto-start application without notice.
SlimDriverPersonal Opinon: Like it
I liked this one better. Why?
1.- It didn't seems to include any extra un-requested software
2.- It allowed me to download the drivers for free. It downloaded the installer and allowed me to run the installers.
Driver Detective from drivershq.comPersonal Opinon: Didn't like it
1) It installed also as a auto-start application without notice.
4) It will not tell you which is your current driver version and which is the new one that found.
DriverEasyPersonal Opinon: Like it
1) It does not installed on "Startup" to start automatically
2) It lets you download the driver for free and install them manually (for an automated install you need to pay). But the free version downloads the driver slowly and you can not download all at once, you need to go one by one and wait for it, but I think that is good enought for a free version.
3) In my case it provided better results on outdated driver than SlimDriver
4) It has a flaw on the Intel driver. It download the chipset driver, but with I installed manually it told me that the driver is not supported. But the good thing is that it downloaded the installer files for me to check it out what is wrong.
Conclusions.SlimDriver and EasyDriver helped me to find some outdated drivers on Windows, EasyDriver seems to have a stronger database. But I still not made my mind if I like this kind of tools or not.
But it is good the keep checking manually the sites of the hardware stuff you have for you new driver. NVidia and Intel (for example) has good tools (web and installed-tools) that can allow you to find new drivers.
And I still dream of a tool that check all your devices firmware and find you an update... it can be risky that the tool installs it, but it will be cool to notify you about firmware updates.