Avast Driver Updater - FAQs

General

What is Avast Driver Updater?

Avast Driver Updater is a PC performance tool that scans your hardware for broken and outdated drivers, and then updates them to reduce and prevent problems with your PC.

Why should I update my drivers?

Drivers are used by manufacturers to fix issues related to hardware and to ensure best compatibility with the operating system on your PC. Without the latest drivers, your PC may encounter stability problems and stop working properly. An outdated driver can also create security vulnerabilities and enable hackers to infect or access your system and personal data.

What does Avast Driver Updater scan?

Avast Driver Updater scans the hardware devices that need drivers to work properly on your operating system. These devices can include printers, scanners, digital cameras, network and video adapters, as well as sound and graphics cards.

Is using Avast Driver Updater safe for my PC and my data?

During an update, Avast Driver Updater downloads verified manufacturer's driver installers. Additionally, before installing new drivers, Avast Driver Updater backs up all drivers and creates a Windows system restore point. This enables you to restore previously installed drivers or use the Windows system restore point to return to the previous state of your system in case there are any problems with the newly updated drivers.

Download and Installation

What are the system requirements for Avast Driver Updater?

  • Windows 10 except Mobile and IoT Core Edition (32 or 64-bit); Windows 8/8.1 except RT and Starter Edition (32 or 64-bit); Windows 7 SP1 or higher, any Edition (32 or 64-bit).
  • Windows fully compatible PC with Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 processor or above (must support SSE2 instructions).
  • 256 MB RAM or above.
  • 400 MB free space on the hard disk.
  • Internet connection to download, activate, and use the application.
  • Optimally standard screen resolution no less than 1024 x 768 pixels is recommended.

How do I download and install Avast Driver Updater?

  1. Click the button below to download the Avast Driver Updater setup file, and save it to a familiar location on your PC (by default, downloaded files are saved to your Downloads folder). Download Avast Driver Updater
  2. Right-click the downloaded setup file avast_driver_updater_online_setup.exe and select Run as administrator from the context menu.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Avast Driver Updater on your PC.

After installation, you need to activate the product using your Avast Account or a valid activation code. For detailed instructions, refer to the following articles:

Is Avast Driver Updater a free product?

No. Avast Driver Updater is a paid product that requires a subscription to use. You can download Avast Driver Updater and use it in scan-only mode without a subscription. This allows you to scan your PC for outdated drivers, however, you need to activate Avast Driver Updater with a paid subscription to update your drivers.

Is Avast Driver Updater included in Avast Antivirus?

No. Avast Driver Updater requires a separate subscription to use. You cannot use another Avast product subscription to activate Avast Driver Updater.

Can I use Avast Driver Updater without installing Avast Antivirus?

Yes. Avast Driver Updater can be installed as a standalone application, without Avast Free Antivirus or Avast Premium Security installed.

Subscription and Activation

How do I activate Avast Driver Updater?

You can activate your Avast Driver Updater subscription using either your Avast Account or a valid activation code. For detailed activation instructions, refer to the following article:

If you purchased Avast Driver Updater via a pop-up in another Avast product, you do not need to manually activate your subscription. Avast Driver Updater will automatically activate when you install it on the same device that you used to purchase the product.

How do I check when my subscription expires?

Open Avast Driver Updater and go to MenuMy subscriptions. The duration of your subscription is listed under Subscriptions on this PC.

Can I use my Avast Driver Updater subscription on multiple devices?

No. An Avast Driver Updater subscription can only be activated on one device.

How can I cancel my Avast Driver Updater subscription?

For detailed instructions about how to cancel your subscription, refer to the following article:

Usage and Settings

How do I use Avast Driver Updater?

For detailed instructions about how to use Avast Driver Updater, refer to the following article:

How do I update a previously skipped or ignored driver?

  1. Open Avast Driver Updater and click See Overview.
  2. In the Ignored and Skipped list, click on the panel of the driver you want to update.
  3. Click Update or Stop Ignoring.
  4. Click Update All.

Avast Driver Updater now updates your previously skipped or ignored driver.

Some drivers require you to restart your PC to complete the update.

Can I set Avast Driver Updater to automatically update my drivers?

Avast Driver Updater automatically scans your hardware every 7 days and notifies you when it detects outdated drivers. To update your drivers, Click Update Now on the notification, or open Avast Driver Updater and click Update All.

Troubleshooting

What does 'unsuccessful update' mean?

If you see the message 'unsuccessful update', it means that something went wrong when Avast Driver Updater tried to update the driver. Click the panel of the driver to view its details, then click the (three dots) icon, and select Skip update. Try to update the driver again later.

How can I restore a previous driver version?

Avast Driver Updater stores a backup of each driver before updating it to the latest driver version. To revert back to a previous driver version for troubleshooting purposes:

  1. Open Avast Driver Updater and click See Overview.
  2. Click on the panel of the driver you want to restore to a previous version.
  3. Click Driver versions in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  4. Click Restore next to the driver version you want to restore.
  5. Click Restore to confirm.

The selected driver reverts back to the version you selected.

Avast Driver Updater can only restore driver versions that were previously installed by Driver Updater. You cannot restore a driver version that was installed by your operating system or other third-party software.

What should I do if activation is unsuccessful?

Ensure that the activation code you are trying to use is for Avast Driver Updater. Avast Driver Updater is not included when you purchase Avast Antivirus, so you cannot use an Avast Premium Security subscription to activate Avast Driver Updater.

If activation is unsuccessful, refer to the following article:

How do I uninstall Avast Driver Updater?

For detailed instructions to uninstall Avast Driver Updater, refer to the following article:

Removing the Avast Driver Updater application from your PC does not automatically cancel your subscription. To cancel your subscription, refer to the following article:
  • Avast Driver Updater 20.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit

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