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Windows 7: Driver Backup utilities (FREE not SNEAKWARE)

23 Oct 2011   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
Driver Backup utilities (FREE not SNEAKWARE)

Hi all

I've posted this also on the W8 site - since some of you might also want to try out W8 developer edition and find you are missing a driver or two that works fine on your Windows 7 installation.

If you are installing W8 and you are having trouble with drivers --especially things like OEM internal card readers, webcams, Intel chip sets / unknown devices --showing up in your W8 install / device manager try using this FREE utility to back up the Windows 7 existing ones BEFORE you install W8 and then restore those.

It works 99% of the time and avoids those programs I REALLY HATE that work as sneakware --especially those that offer to FIND obscure drivers for you and then require you to PAY to use the application.

This one is 100% free -- it just copies all your exiting drivers to a collection of folders which you can then use to install them again.

DriverBackup! | Free Security & Utilities software downloads at

won't solve all the probs but should fix 99% of them.

Hi all

another good one is Doubledriver since it also makes the restore easier

Please don't use those "Find Drivers" SNEAKWARE sites -- they sucker you in and then to do anything useful you have to PAY to register.

I think this is my PET HATE on the web. I can PAY for stuff if I am told in advance -- I don't like the conniving way DRIVERMAX and others like that site operate in the underhand manner they do.


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23 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

Awesome, thanks for sharing!
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