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What is the best way to backup installed device drivers for use of fresh Windows


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#1 1gouravgg

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 09:14 AM

What is the best and trusted way to backup installed 3rd party device drivers (and software too, I guess its possible) so that I can reinstall them on a fresh windows installation?


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Posted 21 December 2014 - 09:28 AM

Personally, I would create a disk image on an external hard drive using somthing like Macrium Free. Make sure you create a WinPE bootable disk using the program and make sure it boots. On a Windows 8 computer you will need to disable SecureBoot before you can boot a CD/DVD.

 

If you needed to take it back to the fresh install state, you would boot the WinPE disk and restore the image to the drive. Even if your drive failed, you could put a new drive in, boot the WinPE disk and recover the image. You would be back in minutes instead of hours.



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Posted 21 December 2014 - 09:45 AM

Personally, I would create a disk image on an external hard drive using somthing like Macrium Free. Make sure you create a WinPE bootable disk using the program and make sure it boots. On a Windows 8 computer you will need to disable SecureBoot before you can boot a CD/DVD.

 

If you needed to take it back to the fresh install state, you would boot the WinPE disk and restore the image to the drive. Even if your drive failed, you could put a new drive in, boot the WinPE disk and recover the image. You would be back in minutes instead of hours.

how Macrium Free is different from image backup tool comes with windows? both does the same job, and is there somehow a way to save at least the all current settings of installed environment and of softwares?



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Posted 21 December 2014 - 10:05 AM

If you have Windows 8 then you can do the same thing by creating a system image. If you have 8.1 I am not familiar with that OS. There is still a question if the recovery USB disk can restore an image.

 

With Macrium and Windows 8 you create the system or disk image of the clean install. This would save all current settings of the environment and software. You can create disk images at any time and recover whichever disk image you created, including the one you created after a clean install. Disk images in Macrium are easier to manage as a new name is given to each image taken. If you only plan on taking one image, the one after a clean  install, then Windows system image should work fine. Macrium does not back up files and folders. It will create an image of the whole drive and put it in one file. Windows system image uses multiple files in single folder.



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Posted 21 December 2014 - 10:13 AM

If you have Windows 8 then you can do the same thing by creating a system image. If you have 8.1 I am not familiar with that OS. There is still a question if the recovery USB disk can restore an image.

 

With Macrium and Windows 8 you create the system or disk image of the clean install. This would save all current settings of the environment and software. You can create disk images at any time and recover whichever disk image you created, including the one you created after a clean install. Disk images in Macrium are easier to manage as a new name is given to each image taken. If you only plan on taking one image, the one after a clean  install, then Windows system image should work fine. Macrium does not back up files and folders. It will create an image of the whole drive and put it in one file. Windows system image uses multiple files in single folder.

thank you for the detailed explanation. well,my system is partially corrupted so a image backup will not be a good way to go but for future refrence it's great.



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Posted 21 December 2014 - 10:17 AM

Yes, if you system is partially corrupted it will not work. You can do what Microsoft calls a Refresh. This is supposed to keep your important files but I would back those up anyway. The problem with refresh is that any programs you installed would need to be reinstalled.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/132428/everything-you-need-to-know-about-refreshing-and-resetting-your-windows-8-pc/



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Posted 21 December 2014 - 10:23 AM

Yes, if you system is partially corrupted it will not work. You can do what Microsoft calls a Refresh. This is supposed to keep your important files but I would back those up anyway. The problem with refresh is that any programs you installed would need to be reinstalled.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/132428/everything-you-need-to-know-about-refreshing-and-resetting-your-windows-8-pc/

that'll work. thanks. any Idea on how can i save/backup current system settings and software's setting?



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Posted 21 December 2014 - 10:41 AM

I do not know of any software that would just backup up your settings and software settings, sorry.



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Posted 19 June 2015 - 03:02 AM

you can refresh though it will be hectic to install each and every program one by one. However, you can try Driver genius software that would just backup your currently playing drivers in a .zip file, and is an independent auto installer program. And you don't even need to install them one by one on a fresh window installation.






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