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HP Softpaq Download Manager – Great tool, but there is room for improvement

Published / by Rens Hollanders / Leave a Comment

Today I needed to accumulate some hardware drivers for a certain range of models to be supported in my Operating System Deployment environment which is based on MDT 2013.

Large hardware vendors like Hewlett-Packard and DELL have great support for drivers and driver packs suitable for enterprise client distribution methods like System Center Configuration Manager or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

DELL features a great webpage on their website, from where all hardware drivers for business and enterprise supported hardware can be downloaded.

Dell Driver CAB files for Enterprise Client OS Deployment

Hewlett-Packard features the software download program “HP Softpaq Download Manager”

HP SoftPaq Download Manager

A tool from where all related software, drivers, utilities, BIOS’ and more can be downloaded directly from HP.

figure 1.1: HP Softpaq Download Manager

HP Softpack Interface

Along the way, using this tool I encountered some things that I think would be a great improvement for an upcoming release.

Firstly, the possibility to apply a filter on the categories. So that I can choose to only see “Manageability – Driver Pack”, or Driver’s.

figure 1.2: HP Softpaq Download Manager – Configuration Options

HP Softpack Configuration Options - Columns Filter

so in stead of this, I would like to see the following added to the configuration options:

figure 1.3: Category Filter

HP Softpack Improvement - Filter

which would then have the following options:

figure 1.4: Category Options

HP Softpack Configuration Options - Columns Filter2

Another thing I encountered, is that my machine had already gone into energy save mode and powered off my screen. So upon mouse click, accidentally the download was cancelled, because the mouse cursor had not been moved, since I initiated the download. Resulting in the cancellation of the software I was currently downloading.

Of course it was my mistake to leave the cursor right on top of that button, on the other hand, what’s a little extra wizard pane going to do harm, by asking if I’m really sure I want to cancel the download?

figure 2.1: Cancel button, and Column filter option

HP Softpack Improvement

And last but not least, why not throw in another option, to only download the latest, most recent version of any available software, instead of offering an entire history of versions which can be downloaded for a particular piece of software.

To me it doesn’t makes sense, that when I’m downloading drivers, or BIOS’, the tool presents me all the content there is. Just offer it as an option: Do you want to see the latest available software, or the entire library?

A quick peek in the HP Forums, on this topic, brings under the attention that this functionality is already available, but only, if the HP Softpaq Download Manager is installed on a HP computer.

So please give this blog a boost, to bring this under the attention of HP. Because as I said, it’s a great tool, but there is -always- room for improvement! 😀

If it’s not to much trouble, please support this cause at the softpaq download manager forum section

Thanks for reading!

Any suggestions, please feel free to post them in the comment section.