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What percent of users and experts removed it?
63% remove it37% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #30,667
United States Rank #22,904
Reach 0.0046%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.87 days
320.61 days >
Average installed length: 168.46 days


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Driver Tool

What is Driver Tool?

This is a re-branded version of the company's Driver Detective program.

About  (from PC Drivers HeadQuarters, Inc)

It's our goal to provide easy, one-click access to all of the latest drivers for your computer. Saving you time and preventing the possibility of installing an incorrect system driver, which could potentially cause a system crash. Individual drivers may be available and manually installed via manufacturer websites at n...  Read more


Driver Tool is a software program developed by PC Drivers HeadQuarters, Inc. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named DriverTool.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 26 files and is usually about 9.96 MB (10,440,457 bytes). The installed file DriverTool.Updater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 64% of users of Driver Tool come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and United Kingdom.
  • Automatically starts with Windows
Driver Tool has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Driver Tool
URL: www.xpdrivers.com
Help link: secure.driversupport.com/account/support/contact?wlid=27
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Driver Tool\Driver Tool\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{AF142A83-507D-4F0F-92FC-40C7F76C1F87}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 9.96 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Driver Tool

Program executable:DriverTool.exe
Name:Driver Tool
Path:C:\Program Files\Driver Tool\Driver Tool\DriverTool.exe
Additional files:
  • Agent.Common.dll - Driver Detective (Common)
  • Agent.Communication.dll
  • Agent.ExceptionLogging.dll - Client.ExceptionLogging
  • Common.dll - DriversHQ.Common
  • ExceptionLogging.dll
  • RuleEngine.dll
  • DriverTool.exe - Driver Tool
  • DriverTool.Updater.exe - DriverTool (DriverTool Updater)
  • Interop.WUApiLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WUApiLib'.
  • cpuidsdk.dll (by CPUID) - CPUID SDK Dynamic Link Library (CPUID DLL SDK)
  • ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.dll (by ICSharpCode.net) - #ZipLibrary (SharpZipLib for .NET Framework 2.0)
  • Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll (by CodePlex Community) - TaskService (Task Scheduler Wrapper)
  • ThemePack.DriverTool.dll
  • Agent.Communication.XmlSerializers.dll
  • Agent.ExceptionLogging.XmlSerializers.dll
  • XPBurnComponent.dll - XPBurn component

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • DriverTool.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Driver Detective-RTMUpdater' (runs weekly on Sundays at 01:05).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • DriverTool.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Driver Detective.
Startup File (User Run)
  • DriverTool.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Driver Detective' and executes as C:\Program Files\Driver Tool\Driver Tool\DriverTool.exe /applicationModC:systemTray /showWelcomC:false.

How do I remove Driver Tool?

You can uninstall Driver Tool from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Driver Tool, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Driver Tool.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win XP 2%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 63%
Keep it 37%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.33%
Windows 10 25.56%
Windows XP 14.44%
Windows Vista 6.67%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.89%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.44%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.33%
Windows 8.1 13.33%
Windows 7 Professional 6.67%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.44%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.71% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.71%
  Canada 6.45%
  United Kingdom 4.84%
  India 3.23%
  Belgium 2.42%
  Australia 2.42%
  Israel 1.61%
  Netherlands 1.61%
  TZ 0.81%
  MA 0.81%
  Vietnam 0.81%
  South Africa 0.81%
  Latvia 0.81%
  France 0.81%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.39%
Dell 26.76%
Acer 18.31%
ASUS 5.63%
American Megatrends 4.23%
Samsung 2.82%
Lenovo 2.82%
Compaq 1.41%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.70%
Dell OptiPlex 320 ... 2.47%
Gigabyte G31M-ES2C 2.47%
Gigabyte P35-DS3L 1.23%
TOSHIBA Satellite L840 1.23%
TOSHIBA SATELLITE C870-19... 1.23%


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