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Thread: A nice little tip for Windows 10 Backup all your drivers in one simple line

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    Elite Member Norm's Avatar
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    A nice little tip for Windows 10 Backup all your drivers in one simple line

    Right click the start menu and select Windows Powrshell (Admin) to open the command window.

    In the command window type or copy paste the following line of code. (edited first to suit your PC and drive letters)

    Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination E:\DriverBackup

    In the example shown, the folder Driverbackup will be created with every driver installed in your Windows 10 in there. Just edit the line to suit your own system.

    Other examples: Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination C:\DriverBackup

    Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination C:\Win10_Drivers\DriverBackup

    Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination E:\DriverBackup

    Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination E:\Win10_Drivers\DriverBackup

    Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination E:\whatever\whereever
    -in this example the drivers will be on E: drive, in a folder called whatever, in a folder called wherever. If these folders do not exist, the command will create them for you.

    Make sure you have room on the destination drive. My own backup was 1.03 GB Everyone will have a different size folder when done, but I would imagine that most will be close to 1GB, or at least less that 2 GB.

    Just thought I would share this since many people like to backup their drivers. Using this method there is no need to install any risky program to backup all your drivers.

    To install any driver you need after a reinstall use the device manager to update or install drivers by selecting to manually search your PC, and point it to the folder you created.

    Running the command does take a few seconds. When you see the command prompt again, you know it's done. Go check that folder you created and see all the drivers there.They are all in their very own little folders.

    Hope this can be of use to someone.
    Last edited by Norm; 04-22-18 at 02:35 PM.

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    Administrator Philip's Avatar
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    Thanks Norm Didn't know about that one.

    One gig sounds like a lot of drivers though, heh. I know some of the printers/scanners and video cards have huge 2-300Mb programs attached, just not sure if it would backup all of that.

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