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How to back up drivers?

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#1
I will be reinstalling Windows and I want to backup the drivers. Can I just copy the Windows/System32/Drivers folder? Will I be able to install the drivers just using the .sys files that are in there by directing Device Manager to that copied folder?

I know there are programs like DriverMax that do this job, but the computer is running very badly, not sure if I can install and run any programs.

Thanks
 

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kesume

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#2
Hi,
I am sure you will receive lots of advice with this post.
But here is a link that has a good article fro your perusal:-
How Do I Back Up My Drivers? - PCWorld
Could you not uninstall some programs to make room, I'm sure everyone has them?
You can install them again, when your computer is running better! Cheers.
 

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    nVidia GeForce
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    Realtec ALC888 Audio
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    17" LCD Monitor
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    160 Gb Usable Hard Drive
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americancritic

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#3
Hello and welcome to the forum.

I am wondering if you have a external hard drive to where you can up-load them there, but we will come up with a answer for you shortly.


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#4
Download from the website. You should get a choice run or save. You can save to a finger etc.
 

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#5
Yes I do have an external hard drive to copy them to. Trying to find out if I need DriverMax or if I can just copy the drivers folder I referenced above. Computer boots to Safe Mode only, not sure if I can install any programs.

Space is not an issue, just the condition of the computer, does not run well.

Thanks
 

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#6
Just decide on which driver you want. Find out the manufcturer (eg Intel) go to that site and then hit save to. You can use it any time, and as many times as you want.
 

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    Dell XPS420
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    6 gig
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    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
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    640 gb
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#7
I'm not able to download anything, web access is shaky. Rather than trying to figure out the type of hardware installed and download using another computer, I'd like to try to get the drivers from the problem computer. Trying to decide if I can just copy the Drivers folder, or do I need to use DriverMax.

Thanks
 

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richc46

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#8
Dont use Driver Max. Get a friend to download what you need to a finger, etc.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT

roy69

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Once you have all the drivers downloaded, use a DVD to back them onto. I would also download SP1 and 2 to save alot of time with the updates.
 

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    creative x-fi
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    Primary CiBox 22" Widescreen LCD ,Secondary Dell 22" Widescreen
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    2 x 500G HD (SATA) 1 x 2TB USB
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    Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Complient PSU
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    288 / 4000
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