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      AskWoody Lounger


      I recently had an aggravating situation with a Windows 10 clean installation that was driver related with Device Manager reporting unknown devices.

      What I found out, is that if the machine is online (connected to the net), Windows 10 will normally “scrape” the net and download any missing drivers and install them.  It’s a pretty similar to some other OS’s.

      In my case, the machine was offline at the time of OS installation.  It was simple to install Windows 10 with a USB device, but what about the unknown device drivers ?  I still wanted those drivers, and it would be nice to have a backup of them.  Keep in mind that I had manually searched for the drivers both at the manufacturer website and on the internet without any results.

      After searching the web for a answer I could understand with my rather limited technical skills, here is my rather convoluted solution.

      1.With Device Manager still reporting the unknown devices, I used the following elevated command and saved all the drivers to a directory I had previously created.  In this case:  DriversOld

      dism /online /export-driver /destination:” D:\DriversOld “

      (You’d want to change the path and directory to whatever you create)

      2.Then, I connected to the internet and allowed Windows 10 to download and install the 3rd party drivers that I was missing.

      3.Next, with Device Manager now reporting that the unknown devices now had drivers,  I used the same elevated command and saved all the drivers to different separate directory I had previously created.

      dism /online /export-driver /destination:” D:\DriversNew “

      4.The result was that I had two directories “Old” and “New” that I could compare.  This allowed me to quickly identify the drivers that had been downloaded automatically and save those folders for future use.


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