I'm about to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. By upgrade I mean, I'm going to completely wipe the hard drive clean and install Windows 7 from scratch. I have reformatted and started from scratch several hundred times, but I've always used the factory restore disks that came with my computer. In other words, I've always installed the same operating system that my computer came with. I know from working on other peoples computers that upgrading the operating system doesn't always go as planned. I know that some of my hardware isn't going to be installed automatically after this process is complete.
How should I go about backing the drivers, so that I can get stuff up and running once I'm finished with this process?
My biggest concern is that Windows 7 won't recognize my ethernet card, so should I just download the driver for this device, or should I download drivers for all of my devices?
Thank you for your time, I'm looking forward to getting on with this process.