Drivers in Windows

In the vast ecosystem of Windows, managing device drivers can be a complex task, especially when dealing with third-party drivers. Tools like Driver Store Explorer (also known as RAPR), hosted on GitHub, offer a streamlined approach to handling drivers in the Windows driver store.

What is Driver Store Explorer?

Driver Store Explorer [RAPR] is a user-friendly application designed to simplify interactions with the Windows driver store. It supports a range of operations including:

  • Listing
  • Adding
  • Installing
  • Deleting third-party driver packages

This tool is invaluable for both casual users looking to clean up their driver store and professionals managing multiple systems.

Key Features

  • Driver Enumeration: Lists all third-party driver packages stored in the driver store, along with the devices associated with each driver. It also allows exporting this list as a CSV file for further analysis.
  • Driver Management: Facilitates adding new driver packages to the store and deleting old or unused ones, helping in maintaining an optimal system performance.
  • Offline and Online Store Management: Works with both online (local machine) and offline driver stores, providing flexibility in various scenarios.
  • Efficiency: Identifies old and potentially unused drivers for deletion, making it easier to free up space and keep the driver store tidy.
  • User Interface: Features a full-fledged GUI that supports grouping, sorting, and selecting specific columns for a customized view.

Getting Started

To start using Driver Store Explorer, download the latest version from the releases page on GitHub. Once downloaded, the application does not require installation and can be run directly, making it a portable tool for various uses.

Practical Applications

Driver Store Explorer is particularly useful in scenarios such as:

  • System Cleanup: Removing old and unused drivers to free up disk space.
  • Driver Updates: Adding new driver packages to the store before installation.
  • Troubleshooting: Identifying and managing drivers associated with problematic devices.

Alternative Driver Management Tools

I personally do NOT recommend any tools if you have internet access and download the OFFICIAL drivers from your manufactures website. I use DriverStoreExplorer to export my drivers and import them into my windows image. However, if you don’t have the drivers or can’t find them all for your system, use the tools below.

  • SDIO - Snappy Driver Installer (visit website) is a freeware tool that simplifies the process of installing drivers from the Windows driver store. Its user-friendly interface supports both online and offline driver stores, offering an efficient solution for managing drivers on Windows systems.
  • 3DP Chip Net Downloader (visit website) use an ad-blocker and ONLY grab the NET download to get network driver bundle. This should only be used as a LAST RESORT!
  • DriverPack Solution (visit website) This is a popular tool that was made in Russia. I do not trust it, but in a pinch it can also do network driver installs. Only use the DriverPack Offline Network Driver Installer.


Driver Store Explorer is a powerful and user-friendly tool that simplifies the management of Windows drivers. Its ability to handle both online and offline driver stores, coupled with a comprehensive set of features, makes it an essential utility for anyone looking to manage drivers on Windows systems efficiently.

Whether you’re a professional IT administrator or a casual user wanting to keep your system lean, Driver Store Explorer offers the functionality needed to manage your drivers effectively.

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