how to preserve drivers before fresh O/S reinstallation

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by WCH, Jan 8, 2004.

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    WCH Guest

    I'm trying to help a friend to a fresh installation of Windows 98SE (he
    wants to do it, I agreed to help). I'd like not to have to go track down
    drivers for his cards once we've nuked his HD. I've written down the
    details on all his cards (from Device Manager) but want to know if I can
    copy some Windows directory which I could burn onto a CD and then access
    once the fresh installation is running to reacquire the needed drivers.
    Would this work? If it would, what directory(s) would I need to copy? Is
    there a better way to save the trouble of tracking down these old drivers?
    TIA -- WC
    WCH, Jan 8, 2004
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    anthonyberet Guest

    I can't answer your question directly, but do make sure you get the drivers
    for the video card and modem before you erase the hard-drive!
    -At least then you can go hunting for the others.
    anthonyberet, Jan 8, 2004
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    ICee Guest

    No, you have to have the drivers available and install them. Before you
    "nuke" his system, run Aida32:
    It will identify the hardware and gives links to where you can download
    the drivers. Collect all of them, burn to CD and have them handy for
    the reinstall.
    It's best to format the drive, install OS, then chipset drivers for the
    motherboard, then video card drivers, then sound, modem, etc.
    ICee, Jan 8, 2004
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    SgtMinor Guest

    You don't need to format ( = nuke? ) to reinstall the OS. What big
    problems is your friend experiencing?
    You sound like Doctor Kevorkian,(whom I sympathized with, BTW).

    I'd like not to have to go track down
    SgtMinor, Jan 8, 2004
  5. WinDriver Ghost provides you the easy and fast detection, backup and restore
    of the entire hardware device drivers currently on your system. With it, you
    can even find the latest drivers for your hardware and install them onto
    your computer. Just one or two mouse button clicks, you will have all your
    hardware devices extracted and backuped to any folder you want. When you
    reinstall or upgrade your system, you can restore them by clicking a button,
    after reboot once, all the drivers will be installed and will function well.
    Also you may choose to backup a certain driver or the entire drivers to an
    EXE automatic installer. If you have a hardware that is troublesome, just
    remove it with the software.

    handy program
    NorthernPirate, Jan 8, 2004
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    SgtMinor Guest

    Well, dang, I'm convinced! But it was summoddaguy who had the
    SgtMinor, Jan 8, 2004
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    WCH Guest

    Great tip! Thanks. Did the full restore and it worked perfectly.
    Appreciate all the feedback.
    WCH, Jan 10, 2004
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