If you are doing an operating system reinstall, you will need to make sure you install the necessary device drivers. This will allow the system to operate with the hardware and peripherals connected to the computer. That is why it is always good to make a backup of Windows 10 drivers.
Today Windows 10 can detect most of the drivers on your computer, and you could download it manually from the manufacturer’s site. However, there are times when Windows will not be able to install certain drivers and the device manufacturer will not have them available for download. But luckily there is a way to back up all the drivers on your computer before doing the system reinstall.
Driver backup in Windows 10
To back up your computer’s drivers we will use the DISM (Deploiment Image Servicing and Management) command line tool. Let’s see how to do it with these steps:
# 1. Create a folder where you will store the backup copy of all the drivers on your computer. Preferably it should be on a removable drive, especially if you will be doing a fresh installation of the system.
# 2. Find Command Prompt in the Start menu search, right-click the result, and select Run as administrator.
# 3. Write the following command (change E: \ BackupDrivers to the path of the folder where you want to save the drivers backup):
DISM / online / export-driver / destination: E: \ BackupDrivers
# 4. Hit the Enter key .
Now DISM will search and backup all drivers stored in C: \ Windows \ System32 \ DriverStore.
We must clarify that this command will only support.INF drivers. Other drivers installed using an.MSI or.EXE package will not be supported.
How to restore backed up drivers
After reinstalling Windows 10, you may only need to restore a few drivers, as the operating system will detect most of them automatically. For this reason, you can only reinstall the missing ones through Device Manager.
Follow these steps to restore the drivers you need manually:
# 1. Look for Device Manager in the start search and choose the main result.
# 2. Make double click on the category of the device you need to install. If the device does not have any drivers installed, it will be marked as ” unknown device “.
# 3. Right click on the device and choose the Update Driver option .
# 4. Now choose the option Browse my computer for software.
# 5. Click the Browse button and find the folder where you backed up the drivers. Make sure you have the Include subfolders option checked .
# 6. Click Next.
If the selected device driver is in the backup, it will install quickly. To install the drivers for other devices you must follow the same steps.
Driver backup program
If you find that backing up drivers manually is tedious for you, you can use a driver backup program. We are talking about one of those programs that can make this task easier for you.
Free Driver Backup software can backup the drivers in Windows 10 and then restore them when you reinstall. Furthermore, it can also support browser cookies, Windows registry, and a few other things.
Likewise, it will be even easier for you to restore the drivers with Free Driver Backup. You just have to indicate the backup folder and the drivers will be restored one by one.