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Will System Restore recover deleted device driver?

#1
Quite simply, I went into Device Manager (in my administrator account) and uninstalled my Novatel Ovation U727 USB modem and its device drivers because I was having problems with the modem deactivating itself from the USB port whenever I was online.

I then rebooted and plugged the modem back in, thinking Vista would detect the modem and reinstall the device drivers for it. However, it seems that uninstalling the device drivers actually completely purges them from the system. I tried using the Slingshot driver CD that came with the modem and my Windows DVD to find the missing device drivers.

I then went into Device Manager and searched online for drivers. I was able to retrieve device drivers for two of the four data interfaces that the modem apparently needs drivers for. I was able to get drivers installed for the modem and status port (com 4) components, but apparently there are two others that need device drivers.

I've already looked on Slingshot's website, but they don't have any drivers available.

Windows came with these drivers by default, so there must be a way to retrieve them without completely reinstalling Windows. Would using System Restore get back the uninstalled drivers?

I'm attaching a screencap of my Device Manager to show what I'm talking about.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite X205-S7483
    CPU
    Intel Centrino Core2 Duo 1.7 GHz
    Motherboard
    Toshiba ISRAA 1.0
    Memory
    2 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 8700M GT 256 MB
    Sound Card
    RealTek HD Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    x2 120 GB
    Mouse
    Logitech Trackman Marble Wheel USB
    Keyboard
    Logitech USB
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    Millenicom 3G Mobile Broadband @ 1 mbps
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stormy13

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Vista Guru
#2
Best I can say is it should, as long as you use a restore point that is before you deleted things. It has worked for me in the past in restoring drivers after a bad update install.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Me
    CPU
    Athlon x2 7750 BE
    Motherboard
    Asus M4A78 Pro
    Memory
    2x2gb Kingston
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire HD 4830
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Xtreme Music
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer P221w and Acer 1916w
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050 and 1440x900
    Hard Drives
    2x80 GB Seagate 7200.10 in RAID0, 500 GB Seagate 7200.12
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts 500W
    Case
    Antec Sonata III
    Cooling
    AC Freezer 64 Pro and a couple of 120 mm case fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G5 v2
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave
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    10000/1000
#3
Thank you. It did recover the drivers. The random deactivations do remain a problem however, even with the option for Windows to deactivate things disabled.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite X205-S7483
    CPU
    Intel Centrino Core2 Duo 1.7 GHz
    Motherboard
    Toshiba ISRAA 1.0
    Memory
    2 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 8700M GT 256 MB
    Sound Card
    RealTek HD Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    x2 120 GB
    Mouse
    Logitech Trackman Marble Wheel USB
    Keyboard
    Logitech USB
    Internet Speed
    Millenicom 3G Mobile Broadband @ 1 mbps
    Other Info
    Avast Antivirus Home Edition 4.8.1335, Firefox 3.0.11