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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Windows 10 version 1903 – May 2019 Update Best way to backup Windows drivers

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        Tex265
        AskWoody Plus

        I’m confused as to the best way to backup and safe keep the Windows drivers in the Windows/System32/DriverStore for my newly installed v1903 Windows.

        The simplest I read was to simply copy the folder and paste it to another folder location or even easier, highlight the contents then drag and copy to another folder location.

        Then I read about using DISM commands to accomplish the backup, but seems a little more complex that a copy and paste, or highlight and drag.

        Then there are the 3rd party programs.

        I prefer the first method.  Is there anything incomplete or improper with backing up the Windows drivers this way?

        Windows 10 Pro x64 v1909 and Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64 (RIP)
      • #2017037 Reply
        PKCano
        Da Boss

        In this Newsletter, Fred Langa talks about driver backup. And there are links in his article to other sources.

        • #2017307 Reply
          Tex265
          AskWoody Plus

          Thanks, that is one article I remember reading that advocates the DISM method.

          However, is there anything incorrect with just copying the drivers in the DriverStore folder and pasting them into a backup folder?  Or drag and copy them into a backup folder?

          Other sites and Woody posters advocate for this simplier method.

          Windows 10 Pro x64 v1909 and Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64 (RIP)
          • #2017310 Reply
            PKCano
            Da Boss

            Did you also see the linked articles in Fred Langa’s post?
            You can copy/paste the folder onto an external drive.

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