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Fresh install of windows 7

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#1 teamtom15


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:06 AM

Hi guys,


I've been wanting to ask this for a few weeks but felt I needed to search properly before creating a new post, but after not being able to find one, i have decided to ask....


I am looking to perform a clean install of Windows 7 on my desktop. (wipe the hard drive clean). Now the PC is a custom built one, IE not a specific model.


I have had problems before when reformatting my laptop by wiping the hard drive with drivers for everything (wireless being the worst!) and only managed to get around it by googleing the laptops make and model and downloading the drivers off the manufactures website.


Since my desktop  is a custom built one (Build by overclockers), is there any 3rd party software, or even better, Windows software, which will allow me to extract all the drivers installed on the PC and burn them onto a disk so I can just install them off that once I have formatted the hard drive?


I hope I have explained this properly and that someone can help. It would be greatly apprciated.


Kind regards,

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#2 TwinHeadedEagle


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:26 AM

You can try some of these freeware programs




Or you can backup them manually from windows



#3 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:03 AM



Why didn't you saved all the drivers you downloaded from net ?


I recommend 'Driver Max' as a reliable driver backup tool. Please note that if you are using a laptop you can't backup Bluetooth driver fully. Bluetooth adds several services and virtual devices so it is difficult for a backup program to back it up.


You can run 'driver max' or 'double driver' to backup the driver and re install the OS. Once OS finishes use device manager and manually update every driver. After finish installing all software and Windows updates make sure to create an image of your system drive to avoid the hassle of re install everything.


There are many free tools available to backup and image. You can either use Windows built in backup tool or any 3rd party app.


Here is a detailed guide of how to use Windows backup utility  :   http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/create-system-image-in-windows-7-8/


You can also use either "Macrium reflect free" or "Easues ToDo backup free" edition to do the same. Both are faster in creating and restoring image than Windows backup.





Edited by Anshad Edavana, 18 April 2013 - 06:10 AM.

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