Introduction

Settings enables you to view and change your preferences. The settings are best suited to experienced users, as the default settings are set just right for most situations.

General



( 1 ) - Opens the about dialog with information such as the credits and version number.

( 2 )
- Creates a diagnostics report to help us troubleshoot. You can send it to us if you need our help.

( 3 ) - Change the interface language used by Driver Fusion.

( 4 ) - If Driver Fusion should automatically update to the latest version. If you disable this setting then you have to manually click on update.

( 5 ) - If preview versions of Driver Fusion should be included in the update. This should only be enabled by experienced users.

Advanced



( 1 ) - If system restore points should be created automatically before critical events. This should only be disabled by experienced users.

( 2 ) - If a backup, of an operation, should be created automatically. You can restore these in history. This should only be disabled by experienced users.

( 3 ) - If notifications from Windows asking you to proceed with the driver installation are automatically confirmed. This should only be disabled by experienced users.

( 4 ) - If you want Driver Fusion to apply additional produces that help to ensure an operation succeeds. An example is the ability to clean locked entries in driver cleaner. This should only be disabled by experienced users.

( 5 )
- The scheduler is convenient and gives you peace of mind. A check is performed in the background every two weeks by default, but you can choose here from four different intervals.

( 6 ) - Share anonymous data with Treexy to improve Driver Fusion's driver detection.

( 7 ) - Changes the minimum driver signature for the suggested drivers that we have online. Driver Fusion distinguishes between three kinds of signatures, namely none, signed and WHQL. As this setting is applied as a minimum, it can also include drivers with a more restrictive signature. For example, if you select drivers with signed signatures, drivers with WHQL signatures are also included. Changing this to none should only be used on Windows XP due to the limited amount of signed drivers available. This should only be changed by experienced users.

Signatures are used to digitally sign software and to confirm the identity of the author of the software. These signatures are based on the code of the program, which means that if the code is altered, a signature will no longer match.

If a driver has no signature then it doesn't necessarily mean that it is unsafe, although no steps were taken to provide verifiable information about its origin. Signed drivers use an infrastructure of trusted entities to ensure that the driver originates from the stated publisher. Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) applies an additional testing framework for manufacturers to verify that their driver is compatible with Microsoft Windows. It is important to note that code signing and WHQL does not offer any protection from faulty code. Furthermore, the price of a valid signature is so low that anyone can buy one and use it to sign a driver with.

Because of these reasons, we decided to use signed as the default minimum driver signature. This is also why we test drivers on multiple systems before we make them available to you.

( 8 ) - Changes the default Windows behavior when it is about to install or update drivers for devices. This gives you full control over the drivers that are installed, and also enables you to keep the driver you've currently installed -
until you decide otherwise.

( 9 ) - Enables you to prevent automatic driver installation for a specific device. This will block driver installations for the device on your entire system, including Windows Update, device manager, and third-party installers. If you've enabled ( 4 ), all driver installations made through Driver Fusion are unaffected.