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Windows 7: Is there a way to make a driver back-up disc?

28 Dec 2014   #1
AimeeUk

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.
 
 
Is there a way to make a driver back-up disc?

I just downgraded to Windows 7 - but whenever I format my laptop I will have to install all of my drivers manually and it's been an absolute nightmare!

It's all finally working, but I wondered if there's a way I can make a disc to back-up my drivers; preferably something I can put in after I re-install Windows that installs all of my drivers quickly and painlessly.

Does such a procedure exist?
Can anyone give me advice please?

I have a huge folder full of random drivers, so I'm not sure which ones are the ones that worked or I'd just back it up as a data disc.

Is there anything that will back-up my device manager or something?

Thanks! ♥


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28 Dec 2014   #2
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

A better way to do things would be to make regular System Images to an External drive ...... That way should never have to Re-Install again ....

You could put all the Drivers on Disc ... The problem with that is like every thing else from time to time they need to be Updated
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28 Dec 2014   #3
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

I used to use a product known as Double Driver, but recently, it stopped working.

So, I switched to Driver Backup. Using it, you can make a copy of all the drivers in use to a folder, and then copy that folder to a USB stick. This could then be used to reinstall any missing drivers.

I have done this and it works.
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28 Dec 2014   #4
AimeeUk

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.
 
 

Thank you
How do you make system images?
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28 Dec 2014   #5
AimeeUk

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
I used to use a product known as Double Driver, but recently, it stopped working.

So, I switched to Driver Backup. Using it, you can make a copy of all the drivers in use to a folder, and then copy that folder to a USB stick. This could then be used to reinstall any missing drivers.

I have done this and it works.
Thank you so so much - i'll try this now
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28 Dec 2014   #6
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Macrium Reflect is the Program you need highly recommended here on Seven Forums ...
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28 Dec 2014   #7
AimeeUk

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxie View Post
Macrium Reflect is the Program you need highly recommended here on Seven Forums ...
Thanks! ♥
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28 Dec 2014   #8
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

You can use Macrium ( free) to create the image.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/content/pa...2270j1060538j7


Be careful when downloading to always click "custom" and decline any of the crap it wants to add - i.e. changing search engines, home page, etc.

Make a boot cd( instructions on main page) and also after creating the image, do a Verify.

I do this by clicking Restore and browsing for the created image and you will see a link to Verify.

Put the image on a different internal hdd and if you have an external hdd, put one there as well.

Do an image backup periodically, (I do it once a week or after any major changes).

As was said, this is the easiest way to save all your drivers and an image restore is quick and painless.
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28 Dec 2014   #9
AimeeUk

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.
 
 

Thank you so much! ♥
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28 Dec 2014   #10
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

You're welcome!!

Good luck and ask for any additional help.

Paul
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