What are drivers

Drivers are computer programs that helps the operating system to identify the hardware attached to the system.

Why is driver important

Drivers are important because without driver the hardware attached to the system can’t be identified by the operating system. In that case you can’t use the hardware.

Now imagine a situation when you need to format your computer because your system got affected by virus. In that case you will format your system and install operating system again. Once you install an operating system many of your hardware will be automatically detected but there are hardware whose driver you have to install manually.

Generally you get a driver CD for those hardware, but if you loose your CD then you have a little hard work to do. You need to know what hardware is installed in your system, you need to know the model number so that you can download the driver from the manufacturer website.

So, instead of going through all this pain it is better you backup Windows driver before you format the system.

How to backup drivers manually in Windows 7/8/8.1 or 10

  • Go to “C:\Windows\System 32″ folder

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  • Copy the fodlers “Drivers“, “DriverStore” and “DRVSTORE” folders to your USB drive or external hard disk to copy the drivers manually.

10 software to backup drivers automatically in Windows 7/8/8.1 or 10

1. Driver magician Lite

Price: Free

Driver magician Lite identifies all the hardware in your system. It extracts the drivers and lets you backup the driver. You can restore the drivers later.

Please note that this lite version only backs up the driver. If you want the drivers to be restored or if you want to uninstall the driver then you need to use “Driver magician” which comes around $29.95.

  • Run the software.

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  • You can see the software identifies all the hardware. Select the hardware whose driver you want to backup.
  • Then click on “Start Backup“.
  • You need to choose a folder where you want to backup the driver and then hit on “OK“.
  • The drivers gets backed up.

2. Driver Backup

Price: Free

It allows you to backup the drivers. But you can’t use this software to install the backed up driver. You need to go to the Device manager to install them by yourself.

  • Run the program.

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  • Either click on “Select All” to select all the device or you can press “Ctrl” key and click on the device whose drivers which you want to backup.
  • Click on “Backup“.
  • You need to provide a location and then click on “OK“.
  • The driver gets backed up.

3. Drivermax

Price: $57.75

Drivermax lets you scan for the unknown device and install the drivers for the devices. You can also backup the drivers and restore them later on.

With Free version you can download up to 2 drivers per day. You need to create an account to use this software.

  • Run the program.
  • Click on “Backup” Tab.
  • At first create a restore point for the backing up driver and system settings. In case something goes wrong while updating the driver then you can restore.
  • Select “Create system restore point (recommended)” and click on “Next“.

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  • Now to backup the driver, click on “Create driver backup archive
  • Click on “Next“.
  • All the drivers will be listed. You can either select all the drivers by choosing “Select All” or else click and choose which drivers you want to backup.

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  • Click on “Backup” button to backup the drivers.
  • Now if you want to restore the backed up driver later on, you can either restore from “restore point” you created, from the backed up folder, by rolling back the driver.

4. Double Driver

Price: Free

Double driver scans and list all the drivers found in your system. You can backup the driver and restore them when you need it. You can save the list of all the drivers or print it.

  • Run the software.
  • Click on “Backup“.
  • Click on “Scan current system” to list all the driver present in your system.
  • You can select all the drivers or choose only the one which you want to backup.

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  • Click on “Backup Now“.
  • The driver gets backed up.
  • Now if you want to restore then click on “Restore“.
  • Click on “Locate backup” button.

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  • You can choose the default location or else the location where you saved the driver and then click on “OK“.

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  • Click on “Restore Now” to restore the driver.

5. SlimDrivers Free

Price: Free

SlimDrivers allows you to scan your system for outdated drivers. You can download the latest version and install them for free.

You can also backup the driver and restore them later on.

  • Run the software.
  • Click on “Backup” tab.
  • You can see that all the drivers have been selected and ready to backup. If you want you can just select only those which you want to backup.

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  • Click on “Backup to” button to select the folder where you want to backup the driver or else click on “Backup” button to backup the driver in the default location.
  • Now if you want to restore the driver then click on “Restore“.

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  • If you have backed up the driver in different location other than the default then you have to click on “Restore Form” button and select the location. If you have backed up in the default location then you can automatically see the¬†driver. Click on “Restore” button.

6. Driver Easy

Price: $29.95

Driver easy lets you scan out dated drivers and update them. With Free version you have to update driver one by one. If you want to update all the drivers with one click you need pro version. You can also see all the hardware information. With pro version you can backup, restore and uninstall the driver.

  • Run the software.
  • For backing up the driver click on “Tools” – “Driver Backup“.

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  • Select all or whichever driver you want to backup and then click on “Start Backup” ¬†button.
  • Now for restoring the driver go to “Tools” – “Driver restore“.

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  • Click on “Browse” button and select the driver which you want to restore.

7. Driver Genius

Price: Free

Driver genius lets you update your driver. You can backup and restore drivers. You can remove drivers if you want. It shows you the information about all the hardware present in your system.

  • Run the program.
  • Click on “Driver Backup“.

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  • You have the option to backup “Current used drivers“, “Original Windows Drivers” or “Disconnected Device Drivers“.
  • After making selection click on “Next“.

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  • Choose a place where you want to save the backup driver and click on “Next“.
  • The driver will be backed up.
  • For restoring the driver click on “Driver Restore“.
  • If you have backed up the driver in default location then you can select “Restore driver from previous backup” or else you have to provide the location where the driver is backed up.

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  • Click on “Next“.

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  • You will see the drive. Click on “Next” to restore.

8. Driver Update

Price: Free

Driver Update lets you scan and find outdated drivers so that you can update them. You can also backup and restore drivers.

  • Run the program.
  • Click on “Backup“.

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  • You can either backup all the device or select only those which you want to backup.
  • Click on “Backup to” button to backup the driver in your desired location or else click on “Backup” button to backup in the default location provided by the software.
  • If you want to restore then click on “Restore“.

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  • Click on “Restore From” button if you have backed up the driver in the location other than the default location or else click on “Restore” if the driver has been backed up in the default location.

9. Driver Turbo

Driver turbo scans and looks for outdated diver so that you can download the updated one. You can backup and restore the driver.

  • Run the program.

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  • Click on “Backup Drivers” button.
  • Click on “Backup All” to to backup all the drivers or else click on “Backup” button on the side of the drivers which you want to backup . The divers will be backed up in the default location provided by the software.
  • It is better if you change the location. For that click on “Settings“.

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  • Change the location for download and backup to the desired one and then click on “Save” button.
  • If you want to restore the driver then click on “Restore drivers“.

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  • Select the location whether the drive is backed up and then click on “Restore” button.

10. Driver Reviver

Price: $36/ year

Driver Reviver lets you scan for outdated driver or drivers which are not yet installed and let you install. But you need to purchase it. You can also backup and restore driver by using the pro version.

  • Run the program.
  • The program scans to find out the drivers.
  • Click on “Backup” button and then on “Start Backup“.

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  • You can either backup all the drivers or just select which you want.

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  • Select either all or selected driver.

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  • Click on “Backup” to start the process.
  • If you want to restore then again click on “Backup” tab and then on “Start Restore“. For this you need to purchase the software.

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  • Select the backup and then click on “Load Backup” to restore the driver.