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Windows 7: Offline - Drivers or Device Manager View

13 Jul 2010   #31
Kari

 

We talked about this issue of yours with Martin, and came to one possible solution that is at least easier than to go manually through all driver files.

How about you asking complete system specifications of that computer the HDD belongs? Every hardware component, every attached device, from chipset and processor to external devices. Then simply check the Interweb for latest drivers for all those components and devices. Can't go too much wrong doing this?

Kari


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13 Jul 2010   #32
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Kari that won't really work either. You will find that a good portion of those .sys files in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder have no bearing on the hardware installed, and are only in there if needed for compatibility reasons. I know if I look in mine I can find at least a half dozen or so various AGP drivers (Nvidia, ATI, one for Uli, etc), which while there are never loaded as there is no AGP slot on my motherboard (as well as a couple of those Broadcom drivers, and again nothing from Broadcom on my computer at all).

P.S. WindowsStar while it might seem like a good idea to pre-load the drivers for the other computer on a clean install, it won't happen as most if not all the necessary driver installers won't install anything as the hardware isn't present. About the best you can hope for is to find out exactly which drivers will be needed, and leave all the installers in a folder on the desktop for the other person to install once the drive is put back.
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13 Jul 2010   #33
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Thanks everyone. I will keep you posted.
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13 Jul 2010   #34
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

One more route to could follow is that all loaded drivers are included in the registry ( should be in the system hive)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CriticalDeviceDatabase

plus maybe a few other locations

Do you have access to an offline registry editor?

If not you can import the hive into your working test machine ....

Need to edit registry on non-booting Windows 7 installation

Saves me re-typing
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14 Jul 2010   #35
Delphin

windows 7
 
 

Hi,

Navigate to Drive:\windows\system32\config\regback, take a copy of system and software files. Upload it for us.

Wil try to give you the set of installed driver information...

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14 Jul 2010   #36
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Delphin View Post
Hi,

Navigate to Drive:\windows\system32\config\regback, take a copy of system and software files. Upload it for us.

Wil try to give you the set of installed driver information...

I can do that.
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