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

24 Oct 2009   #1
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
I need info on how to back up drivers

Hey guys, I've probably made a post similar to this, but I don't think I got any answers... I need to know how to back up my current driver installation in order to do a custom install of windows 7. is there a program to download, or what? I need to get this sorted out fast.


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24 Oct 2009   #2
guyver1

Windows7 RC
 
 

you dont 'backup' drivers. you download the driver packages from your relevant hardware vendors and install them all again.

Most 'power users' store their driver install files on a separate partition to windows so that when they re-install they have all their driver files ready to go.
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24 Oct 2009   #3
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

so, I go to my computer maker's site and download every driver on there that I need? then install them?
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24 Oct 2009   #4
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Save them to a safe location and use whenever necessary...
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24 Oct 2009   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

yes, most 7 drivers are the same as vista, but it's worthwhile checking for updates anyway.

once you've downloaded them, either save them on a separate partition or usb stick, or wherever...

depending on your internet connection, probably the most important driver you need is for your network device, just in case for some reason windows 7 doesn't manage to detect it during install. without an internet/network connection you can't download any drivers...
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24 Oct 2009   #6
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

wait, windows 7 can detect certain drivers and keep them?
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24 Oct 2009   #7
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

It will install them, but does not archive them... that is up to you...
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24 Oct 2009   #8
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

ok, so it does reinstall some of the drivers, but it doesn't back them up is what you're saying?
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24 Oct 2009   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Why would you want to do that? Most drivers will be installed automatically anyhow - and if you have a really exotic device, you can alwas get it from the device manufacturer (if he has one for win7). With Vista and Win7, I would keep "manual" installation of drivers to a minimum.
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24 Oct 2009   #10
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

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!
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