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Windows 7: Saving a Single Installed Driver for Future Use?

18 Feb 2020   #1
iron7

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Saving a Single Installed Driver for Future Use?

I'm curious how this could be accomplished. Also, if a driver is uninstalled through Device Manager, it would be permanently deleted from a system, correct?


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18 Feb 2020   #2
SIW2

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19 Feb 2020   #3
iron7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I'd really like to know how to accomplish this without using another program. I didn't think to specify that originally.
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19 Feb 2020   #4
SIW2

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win10 dism can export drivers ( but it exports all of them - not just one). Win7 dism does not have that function.

I think there may a complicated method using devcon.exe ( but that also doesn't come with win7 ) , and it is much easier to use dism++
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21 Feb 2020   #5
RolandJS

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SIW2, would C:\windows\system32\drivers have drivers as long as they are not deleted, just simply disabled?
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21 Feb 2020   #6
SIW2

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In most cases they will be in windows\system32\driverstore\filerepository, but you need to know what you are looking for.
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4 Weeks Ago   #7
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iron7 View Post
I'm curious how this could be accomplished. Also, if a driver is uninstalled through Device Manager, it would be permanently deleted from a system, correct?
Not really too. They could stay in the system here: windows\system32\driverstore\filerepository and duplicated by newer install each time.


For example, I always install repair my Ethernet realtek drivers (see pics) which not delete the previous driver and even with some drivers uninstalled they still persist in that folder.


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