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Windows 7: I need info on how to back up drivers

24 Oct 2009   #11
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

thats what we're saying, yes....


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24 Oct 2009   #12
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

alright! thanks for all the help guys! I guess I won't really have to do anything driver wise.
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24 Oct 2009   #13
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

If you copy the folder FileRepository (path - C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository), you can later point the driver wizard to that folder, and it will find all your custom drivers currently installed there (if they were not found by Windows Update before that).
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24 Oct 2009   #14
ilesal

Win7 7600 x64
 
 

I have a bit of software called driver genius pro, using this to gather, download and install, then if required back up newest drivers.
Compared to the standard drivers that Win7 installed this found newer better ones that increased my windows experience index by a few points for graphics. It's easy to use and saves times hunting them down from vendors sites.
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24 Oct 2009   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wii Master 64 View Post
so you're saying that my current drivers will be automatically installed, even if I do a custom installation? if that's what you're saying, then that's great!

That's correct. Suggest to unplug all external devices (except mouse and keyboard) during the installation. Then the drivers will be installed as soon as you plug them back in. This is not compulsory, but always worked for me and is another possible source of installation trouble eliminated.
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25 Oct 2009   #16
guyver1

Windows7 RC
 
 

Windows will only install basic drivers for most of your devices giving you limited/basic functionality.

So while windows WILL install say a graphics driver for your nvidia/ati graphics card, it wont be a very good one, it will be a driver that will just get you 'up and running'. If you want teh full functionality and top performance of your graphics card and other devices you need to go to the nvidia or ati site and download the latest driver package for your particular model of GPU.

Same goes for sound, motherboard drivers, printers etc etc. While windows may install a sound driver and sound may work, it will be very limited and wont give you all teh features that your soundcard may offer, again you will need to go either to the sound card manufacturer's website or the motherboard manufacturer's website to get the latest driver package to give you full functionality.

Once again to re-itterate the point. Windows will install drivers for most devices but they will be BASIC and only give you limited functionality. You would still be well advised to get the latest driver releases from your hardware vendors websites.
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25 Oct 2009   #17
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by guyver1 View Post
Windows will only install basic drivers for most of your devices giving you limited/basic functionality.

So while windows WILL install say a graphics driver for your nvidia/ati graphics card, it wont be a very good one, it will be a driver that will just get you 'up and running'. If you want teh full functionality and top performance of your graphics card and other devices you need to go to the nvidia or ati site and download the latest driver package for your particular model of GPU.

Same goes for sound, motherboard drivers, printers etc etc. While windows may install a sound driver and sound may work, it will be very limited and wont give you all teh features that your soundcard may offer, again you will need to go either to the sound card manufacturer's website or the motherboard manufacturer's website to get the latest driver package to give you full functionality.

Once again to re-itterate the point. Windows will install drivers for most devices but they will be BASIC and only give you limited functionality. You would still be well advised to get the latest driver releases from your hardware vendors websites.
I strongly disagree with you. I have a NVIDIA 7600 Go graphics card. My dear NVIDIA offers me - zilch. No drivers at all.

Microsoft Update offers an excellent driver, Forceware 179.67, that can't even be found on NVIDIA site.

To reitterate my point -while it doesn't cover Realtek Audio driver extravaganza, it's a life saver when graphics drivers are concerned.
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25 Oct 2009   #18
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

graphics drivers and sound drivers is what I'm most concerned about, oh, and I have a laptop if that helps. but, when I install Windows 7, I plan on getting the latest driver update to my GeForce 8200M G graphics card. I don't really know where to find drivers for my mother board, sound card, etc. oh, will it keep the driver for my CD/ DVD drive? I want full functionality from it like burning and just reading disks.
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26 Oct 2009   #19
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ilesal View Post
I have a bit of software called driver genius pro, using this to gather, download and install, then if required back up newest drivers.
Compared to the standard drivers that Win7 installed this found newer better ones that increased my windows experience index by a few points for graphics. It's easy to use and saves times hunting them down from vendors sites.
hmmm, now that just might be what I'm looking for. is it free? or is it just shareware?
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