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#1 laineysdaddy

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 04:39 PM

is there a free program out there that lets you just back up all your drivers onto a flash drive, and after you do an install, you can load all your drivers right back onto the computer? Drive magic and drive wizard(I think) wanted money for their service, but I need something where if I do pay for it, I want to be able to use it when I want to and for how many times I need to. Also, I am a noob computer tech at the moment. Please keep your answers respectful. I am trying to learn as much as I can.

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 04:42 PM

Hi laineysdaddy :)

The program you are looking for I think is "Double Driver". It allows you to back up the drivers you want to keep, and also to restore them on a new installation. Here's the website for it:

http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm

It supports Windows 7 32 and 64-bits so you're covered on that side. Oh and it's a free program, no need to pay for it.

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 05:26 PM

AWESOME SAUCE!!



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Posted 06 May 2015 - 05:39 PM

it shut me down...clicked the link...both download sites rejected it.



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Posted 06 May 2015 - 09:26 PM

It's also hosted on MajorGeeks, and the download link works I just tried it.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/double_driver.html

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 01:03 PM

Making a system image will also let you back up your drivers in their installed state. If you make an image just after installing any drivers or programs you use, whilst your operating system settings are as you like them and you are free of viruses then you can use this image at a later date to return the computr to this earlier state. windows 8 and 8.1 (and probably 7) let you make system images with an internal tool in control panel, but there are alos programs like macrium which can be used alongside these on later operating systems or on older operating systems where the OS doesn't contain system image making tools.


Anoher method which would work if the drivers you want to back up have exe file based installers is simply copying the exe files to a USB or cd or DVD (in the way you would back up a video, or word document, just copy the file to an external device) and inserting that external device at a later time and running the exe files if you ever need to install the drivers again. But making a system image is a betetr way to quickly recover from severe problems of the kind which require re-installs.

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 01:05 PM

You can also create a system image in Windows 7 using built-in tools.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/4241/how-to-create-a-system-image-in-windows-7/

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