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I want to backup all the necessary drivers on my computer.


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#1 harryhh

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 08:52 PM

Win 7 Home  64 bit

 

Hello folks,

 

Since installing Bitdefender about a year ago my computer often locks up completely. I ran SFC.exe and files have become corrupted. I want to follow this article and install a new copy of win 7 on my computer.

 

http://www.pcworld.com/article/243190/how_to_repair_a_corrupt_windows_7_installation.html

 

The article says I should backup all of my drivers, but I don't know how to do that. I read that I can go to the system32 folder and copy the driver folder to a DVD but, I don't know if that includes all the necessary drivers or just the windows drivers. The article also mentions to be sure to backup the Network Controller but, I'm not sure what that is, or if it will be backedup with the drivers folder.

 

So, how do I get all of my drivers and the network controller backed up?

 

Thanks,

Harry


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Posted 08 July 2015 - 09:16 PM

Hi harryhh :)

You can use Double Drivers to back-up all the current drivers installed on your system and restore them on the new Windows installation. Basically, if you only back-up your Ethernet and/or Network Controller drivers, as soon as you install them you could grab the rest of the drivers from the computer manufacturer's website and install them after.

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

Let me know if you have any questions :)

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 09:37 PM

Since I'm not a fan of possibly getting a bundled installer from Major Geeks. You can find Double Driver at the author's site here: http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 09:57 PM

I linked the download on Major Geeks because the download links on the author's website aren't active anymore sadly :(

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 10:13 PM

Dang you're right. Sorry about that.

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 10:46 PM

Thanks for taking care of me guys. If I did it right, I checked my computer for any files put onto my computer at the same time as Double Driver. There weren't any. So, I guess I didn't get anything extra.

 

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 05:16 AM

No problem Harry :) If you still need help with your drivers after the reinstallation, let me know!

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 08:37 AM

Unfortunately a lot of authors are allowing third party software to be bundled with their products, this is a source of revenue for them.

 

When you go to install the downloaded program use the custom installation.  You will need to look carefully at the description of what is being installed to make sure you are installing the program you wanted initially.  When you find the third party software there will be an option to decline the installation.  A lot of the programs will have an acceptance box which usually already has a check in the box, this needs to be removed.

 

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 09:50 AM

Do you have a Hewlett Packard system ? If so, then copy the entire "C:\Swsetup" folder to e.g. a USB stick. That folder contains all the system driver software.



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Posted 09 July 2015 - 10:04 AM

Hi Willy22,

 

I'm afraid I don't have an HP. I built my computer myself. Not that I know a great deal about them, but I do know some, and putting one together was within my abilities.

 

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