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Free utility to backup drivers

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by Steve Wiseman on August 9, 2010 · 4 comments

in Drivers,Tips,Tools,Utility,Windows


If you have ever had to reload your system, then you know the pain of trying to find all of your drivers.

I ran across a free tool called “Driver Backup”

It allows you to backup all of your current drivers, and it will even generate a special install script that you can run to automatically install them.

To use it, start out by downloading it from here:

Extract the files, and run the main executable. It will show you all of the drivers it finds on your system. I ran it on a new Windows 7 x64 install:

Driver Backup Screen

Select the folder you want to backup your drivers to, and pick your options:

Driver Backup Options

Select the option to generate a automatic install script. I highly recommend it since it makes the restore process a breeze.

Click backup, and it zooms through your drivers and copies them to the destination folder:

Driver Backup Progress

When it is finished, each driver is saved to a folder. That way, you can easily identify them:

Driver Backup folder selection

If you picked the option I recommended above, it will also have an easy to use script that you can run to restore your drivers automatically:

Driver Backup Restore

Run it, and it will prompt you to restore them:

Driver Backup - Restore

Awesome little utility. I will be using it after I get my drivers installed on a new system. Burn it to a DVD, and tape it to the side of the box. That way a format & reload will be a little less painful.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 MKVRC August 9, 2010 at 10:05 am

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the nice tip!! 🙂

Its good…..but not impressive.

I would like to suggest:
Driver Genius Professional

not only you can backup all drivers even you can update & restore them very easily.

BTW its not a freeware……

PS: i used “Driver Backup-” on my XP PRO+SP3 system total driver backedup size 106 MB!!

where in driver genius the same is 36 MB!!

more over no of drivers are reported incorrectly by driver backup (its a common problem with every driver backup program!!)

2 admin August 9, 2010 at 10:22 am

Thanks for the info. I will check it out.

3 BK August 31, 2010 at 11:20 am

@MKVRC – What are you trying to communicate? That none of the drivers were reported incorrectly by driver backup? That would seem to be a good thing, not a bad thing.

4 MKVRC September 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm

@BK, sorry for the confusion here (no = number; not none)

as i said if you try 10 different driver update programs….every one shows different drivers are either missing or needs update!!

if you want i can share list of the programs with you 🙂

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