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A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an app called VersionTracker Pro. At the time, I was trying to determine if my video drivers were up-to-date.  I was having some issues and was hoping there was a fix. nVidia doesn't make new drivers for laptops easy to find. They want you to use the laptop manufacturer's website.  But Dell doesn't always release new video drivers promptly.

And VersionTracker Pro was the answer to this prayer, and to several others I've had.  How?  What does it do? It checks the versions of all your software and drivers on your system, and compares them with the versions in their database.  If you're out of date, it lets you know, and even can download the new versions for you.  If you have version X of an app and you really like it, and don't want to upgrade to version Y, you can tell it that, and it won't remind you anymore until version Z comes out.

It's very slick with a pretty nice interface:

vtapps

Apps in black are up-to-date.  The one in red and blue have an upgrade available.  The ones in blue are the ones that I've tagged as ok.  Their database isn't perfect.  If you look closely at my "blue" apps, you'll see that IZArc's current build is listed as 3.81 Build 1550, and I have 3.81.  They're the same.  If you find a problem like this, you can submit it through the interface, and it should be corrected in the near future.  Like an antivirus application, you download updates on a regular basis. You can also submit new apps for their database and have them watched as well.

The driver version checker doesn't display version numbers, but merely tells you whether you're up-to-date or not:

vtdrivers

Notice at the bottom there's information about the specific app or driver that you have selected.

I set VersionTracker to run at startup and it checks every four hours for updates.  It just sits in your system tray and will let you know if there are new downloads available.

You can download a trial for free that merely checks your status, but doesn't download anything (you could do all that by hand I suppose).  The full version costs $29.95 US, and you're allowed to install it on up to three PC's.

This is a great app and highly worth the $30.

I have the Windows version. I believe that there are versions available for Mac OS X and Palm OS as well.

Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:08 PM General | Back to top


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For graphics driver I recommend that you visit http://www.laptopvideo2go.com
Left by Gabriel Lozano-Moran on Jul 18, 2007 9:16 AM

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Thanks. I had done that, but I still wasn't sure if I had the most up-to-date.

Now, I don't have to search all over the net looking to see if I've missed something. VersionTracker does it for me.
Left by Chris J. Breisch on Jul 18, 2007 10:12 AM

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Another problem with that site is that Vista-64 doesn't let you install unsigned drivers.
Left by Chris J. Breisch on Jul 18, 2007 10:29 AM

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I am running Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition with the latest NVidia ForceWare drivers downloaded from laptopvideo2go. My laptop has a GeForce Go 7950GTX 512MB graphics card.
Left by Gabriel Lozano-Moran on Jul 18, 2007 12:43 PM

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All right, I stand corrected then. I had attempted to download the latest version (168.12?) that was listed as WHQL, and it was unsigned. Perhaps I just had bad luck.
Left by Chris J. Breisch on Jul 19, 2007 8:44 AM

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Chris, Would like to give a trial for this software since recommended you.

I have tried another software but could not updated automatically even registered one.
Left by Jopie on Nov 27, 2007 12:45 AM

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I can suggest similar freeware alternative - "FileHippo Update Checker" @ http://www.filehippo.com/updatechecker/
Left by PiRX on Dec 12, 2007 8:58 AM

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HOW I CAN REGRIST
Left by ALENSAN on Dec 04, 2008 6:50 AM

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I used to use VT for software updates and RadarSync for driver updates. But the newest version of RS (just got updated to it today) is making me think again -- it actually found more and better app updates for my PC than VT did. Thinking of going 100% RadarSync now, especially since it doesn't cost me a dime to use it.
Left by Coulter on Jan 29, 2009 2:40 PM

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I've been running Versiontracker Pro for some years but have finally run out of patience with incorrect information and no response to repeated reports of incorrect version identification (over and over). I've had it. I'm finished with it. Highly NOT recommended. Do not waste your time with this. They've been milking the revenue but completely failing to keep it up to date. It may be ok on the MAC but it's history on the PC.
Left by Eats Wombats on Mar 07, 2010 8:33 PM

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