How often has it happened that after a drive format or re-installation of Windows, you are left searching for the backup CD’s of drivers and their unavailability limits the utility of your PC? Well it’s not just the driversbut your important documents, photos, emails, etc., run the risk of being deleted if your system drive gets infected with a virus and you have to format them. So up till now if you haven’t thought of backing up your drives yet, it’s time that you create one, and you can do it easily with Free Driver Backup. While you can always Uninstall, Disable, Roll Back, Update Device Drivers in Windows natively, Free Driver Backup can help you back up and save all Drivers in a click.
Free Driver Backup for Windows
Free Driver Backup is a device driver backup utility that offers a convenient solution for device driver backup and their restoration in windows operating system. It identifies all the hardware in the system, extracts their associated drivers from the hard disk and backs them up to a secure location. The installation file is just 3.7 MB and can be easily downloaded.
While installing Free Driver Backup I came across an adware named as Relevant Knowledge. Users are advised against selecting this application. So just select “Decline” and proceed with the installation.
The application installed quickly, and I clicked onto the desktop icon to open the application. As the main window of the software opens up you can see that it has identified all the hardware in the system, extracts their associated drivers from the hard disk and lists them on the main application window as shown below.
As shown above, here you can select individual drivers and back them up to a secure location. So that even in case your windows crash you still have a copy of the drivers.
How to use Free Driver Backup
Free Driver Backup is easy to use and is loaded with many useful features. To make use of them look for tabs located at the top left corner of the application window.
Scan Driver: With Scan Driver function you can scan all drives on your system and the program will list all the drivers installed on your computer. Once available you can choose all or select individual drivers to take their backup.
Backing up the drivers is easy, just click onto the Backup taband you can select either all or individual drivers as per your need.
To view the backup, click > Backup >Browse backup folder …to directly open the folder that stores the backed-up drivers.
Re-installing backed up driver with device manager: Re-installing the drivers from the back is simple. Just follow this procedure.
Login to your Windows operating system>Right click on “Computers” > Select “Properties”.
You can now spot the missing drivers with Yellow exclamation points. Right-click on the exact device and select the “Update Driver Software…” button.
Next, click “Browse my computer for driver software” to choose the driver you want to re-install from a particular location on your PC.
Next, click “Browse” or enter in the file path to the driver file that you have backed up. Restart the computer once the driver update process has finished, ensuring that the driver update is applied and working properly.
Free driver backup is a useful freeware by which you can create the backup of all the major system drivers like mouse drivers, keyboard drivers, audio drivers, and video drivers, network drivers which are usually installed by using a CD, Floppy or external media. Its not just the drivers but you can also use Free driver backup to backup cookies, IE favorites and registry as well as view comprehensive hardware information about the installed drivers.
Having a backup up your drivers certainly helps you avoid problems of graphics, sound, network, etc. So if you haven’t done that yet, you can download your copy of free driver backup here.
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