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Windows 7: Need to save all my installed drivers

08 Mar 2015   #11
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ComputerGeek View Post
Yes. Double Driver will do what you want. Click Backup and Scan Current computer. It will list all devices and their driver version along with a check box for each device. Note that, by default, only the drivers that are NOT packaged with the OS are checked (i.e. those that didn't come on the installation DVD). In theory only device drivers checked by default are all you need to backup (since the OS drivers will be part of the restore) but doesn't hurt to check all so to back up all. Choose option to save to a structure folder on a flash

To restore from backup, you right click the device in DevMgr select UpdateDriver, tell Windows to browse your computer and point to structured folder on flash drive.

Subtle, but important, distinction about drivers: The word "driver" can refer to either one of two different technical things:

"Driver Package"
The driver package is the set of files that implement the h/w interface between windows and the device. Every driver package includes an .inf file. The .inf tells windows a) what devices the driver supports and b) how to install the driver.

"Device Installation App"
When you download a driver, you typically download an .exe file and run it. The .exe file will always include the driver package. But often also includes application level software (e.g. Catalyst Control Center is part of the device install app but is NOT part of the driver package

Driver backup tools, like Double Driver, only backup the driver packages. That means the restore will get your hardware up and running again - but if there was also an app for the device, you'll need to go locate the installation app again. (but at least all h/w is up at running)

p.s. When you do an Update Driver in DevMgr windows looks for and inspects .inf files to find a suitable driver match. Windows ignores any .exe files in this case (meaning it's looking for driver packages, not installation apps)
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