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    Device drivers back up in XP

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    by osavelyev ·

    How do I copy/extract all device drivers from XP?

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    • #3295696

      Why?

      by thechas ·

      In reply to Device drivers back up in XP

      My first question is why do you need / want to back up the installed drivers?

      I personally prefer to install the latest drivers whenever I perform a clean installation of Windows.

      In XP, Microsoft did a much better job of having up to date drivers than with previous versions of Windows.
      You can have a reasonably functional PC by just installing XP and any driver updates identified when you run Windows update.

      For some hardware, you will want / need to download and install the drivers from the device manufacture.

      That said, there are a few software packages that claim to be able to back up your device drivers.
      I have not tried any of them, so I don’t know if they are worth using.

      The problem with backing up installed drivers is that you need to gather a lot of information from a variety of sources.

      Numerous files in the Windows folder and sub-folders.

      Date from a number of .inf files.

      An ever growing number of registry keys.

      Then, you need to put these all back in a manner such that Windows will recognize them properly.

      Chas

      • #2463491

        Cant download drivers if your modem doesn’t function, mouse doesn’t work..

        by tinthunder ·

        In reply to Why?

        ive attempted to do as you said, but it was very difficult to find my exact sound drivers, after i finally kinda got my modem to work after using Stink Old Junk pc to find similar modem files

    • #2463421

      Zip up drivers.

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to Device drivers back up in XP

      You have a few options but I will only mention the easiest option available. It is not free though. Look for a program called driverguide pro. It will zip up your current drivers into either a zip file of a self extracting file.

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