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Windows 7: Transfer Drivers From D drive(backup) to C drive

27 Dec 2015   #1
Shadowblitz16

Win 7 Ult x64
 
 
Transfer Drivers From D drive(backup) to C drive

can someone help me transfer my drivers in my D drive to my C drive
my D drive is a backup of my old windows installation

I tried moving the windows/system32/drivers and windows/system32/driverstore and windows/inf folders from my D drive to my C drive and restarted my PC but that didn't work


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27 Dec 2015   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Drivers have to be installed - they cannot just be "moved".
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27 Dec 2015   #3
Shadowblitz16

Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

is there a way to install all the drivers from that folder then?
maybe a program that would do this for me?

I really don't know what drivers my computer uses.
or what they are called or where the are located
so I can't just goto the device manager and install them
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27 Dec 2015   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Acronis Migrate Easy [it's not free] might do the job; what I do not know: if AME can only do specific folders, it implies the whole OS goes or nothing goes. I haven't tried it yet. I know there are several migration programs around, I have not vetted or used any, yet.
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27 Dec 2015   #5
Shadowblitz16

Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
what I do not know: if AME can only do specific folders, it implies the whole OS goes or nothing goes.
see thats the problem I can get a simple driver backup program but I need to be able to specify the (from) and (to) folders
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28 Dec 2015   #6
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I assume from the above that you have Windows 7 installed on your "C" and that it is working correctly. Normally Windows 7 will find the appropriate drivers for your various components automatically apart from possibly the LAN driver. Is your Windows 7 operating normally?
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28 Dec 2015   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

That`s not how it`s done, simply store your drivers on a flash drive or a cd, or even on D itself.

Amost every motherboard sold comes with it`s own driver cd and almost every piece of hardware sold comes with a driver cd.

Windows then finds 90% of the rest itself.

You store the driver installers for future use, as WHS says, once windows has been installed, you then install your needed drivers, you don`t extract them or move them from something like a backup image of windows.

There is no reason at all to attempt what you`re doing.

If D is a backup of C, and something happens to C, you use D to re image C, you don`t pull parts from the backup/image etc.
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28 Dec 2015   #8
Shadowblitz16

Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
I assume from the above that you have Windows 7 installed on your "C" and that it is working correctly. Normally Windows 7 will find the appropriate drivers for your various components automatically apart from possibly the LAN driver. Is your Windows 7 operating normally?
well as far as I can see
I don't have the Ethernet Controller and the Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller
but I might be missing/need updating more

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
That`s not how it`s done, simply store your drivers on a flash drive or a cd, or even on D itself.

Amost every motherboard sold comes with it`s own driver cd and almost every piece of hardware sold comes with a driver cd.

Windows then finds 90% of the rest itself.

You store the driver installers for future use, as WHS says, once windows has been installed, you then install your needed drivers, you don`t extract them or move them from something like a backup image of windows.

There is no reason at all to attempt what you`re doing.

If D is a backup of C, and something happens to C, you use D to re image C, you don`t pull parts from the backup/image etc.
well the thing is my System and OS are exactly the same I just reinstalled for cleaning purposes
so I don't see why I can't just use my old drivers
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29 Dec 2015   #9
Shadowblitz16

Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You store the driver installers for future use
how do I do this I probably have them somewhere in my D drive
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30 Dec 2015   #10
ComputerGeek

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64
 
 

How to backup your drivers (and reinstall them later when needed!) - TechSpot Forums

Click Backup->Scan Other System and browse to the Windows folder on your D: drive to backup the offline drive
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