Driver backup is to prevent when there are problems with the computer drivers, you can use the file of driver backup to restore it to normal. A driver, fully known as a device driver, is a special program added to the operating system that contains information about the hardware device. This information enables the computer to communicate with the corresponding device.
Drivers are configuration files written by hardware manufacturers according to the operating system, and it can be said that without drivers, the hardware in the computer will not work. When the computer does not shut down properly, or the virus and other programs of the damage and can not drive some programs, then if the backup, just restore the backup of the driver on the line.
Don’t know how to back up drivers in Windows 10 PC? Don’t worry, as it’s super easy! After reading this post, you can back up drivers on Windows 10 on your own as well!
Try these methods.
- Backup drivers in Command Prompt
- Backup drivers in Powershell
- Restore driver backup in Device Manager
- Using Driver Talent to back up and restore drivers
01: Back up drivers in Command Prompt
You can use DISM (Deployment Image Service and Management) tool to backup drivers.
This is a command line tool built into Windows 8 and later versions of Windows, and it is often used to serve and prepare Windows images. As a nifty tool, it can also be used to scan and repair Windows images. Of course, it can also be used to back up your drivers!
Here are the one-by-one steps.
1) Create a new folder in your local disk drive (D:) or other drive where Windows 10 is not installed. Then rename it Drivers Backup. In this example, I will create a folder in my local disk drive (D:) and call it “Drivers Backup”.
2) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + R key at the same time to open the Run dialog. Type cmd and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter at the same time to run the Command Prompt as an administrator. You will be prompted to ask for permission. Click Yes to open the Command Prompt.
3) At the command prompt, type the following command line and press Enter.
dism /online /export-driver /destination: “D:\Drivers Backup”
PS: If you created a folder named “Drivers Backup” in your local disk drive (E:), you should enter the command line dism /online /export-driver /destination: “E:\Drivers Backup”
4) When this process is finished, you will see this message.
5) Now you can go to the Drivers Backup folder to see the backup of all drivers.
02: Backup drivers in Powershell
You can also backup drivers in Powershell, but the command line is a little different. It’s also very easy! Follow the instructions below to back up your drivers in Powershell.
Powershell is a command line tool similar to the command prompt. It was originally developed by Microsoft and is now an open source project. Powershell is not only available for Windows, but also for Mac OS and Linux.
1) Create a new folder in your local disk drive (D:) or other drive where Windows 10 is not installed. Then rename it Drivers Backup. In this example, I will create a folder in the local disk drive (D:) and call it “Drivers Backup”.
2) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type powershell. In the list of search results, right-click on Windows Powershell and select Run as Administrator. You will be prompted for permission. Click Yes to run Powershell as administrator.
3) In Powershell, type or paste the following command line and press Enter.
Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination “D:\Drivers Backup”
Note: If you have created a folder named Drivers Backup on your local disk drive (E:), you should type the command line Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination “E:\Drivers Backup”
4) Wait until the process is completed.
5) Now you can go to Drivers Backup folder to see all drivers backups.
03: Restore driver backup in Device Manager
In Device Manager, you can manually restore driver backups one by one. Here’s how to do this.
1) Shortcut Windows+X and select Device Manager. You will be prompted for permission, click Yes to open Device Manager.
2) Right-click on the device you want to restore the driver backup to, and then select Update Driver.
3) In the window that pops up, select Browse My Computer for driver.
4) Click Browse for drivers on your computer and locate your Drivers Backup folder. Click the box next to Include subfolders. Then click Next.
5) Windows will start searching the Drivers Backup folder and restore the drivers for this device.
6) Close the window when the process is finished.
04: Backup and restore your drivers with Driver Talent
If you find these command lines difficult, or you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to backup, restore or update your drivers, you can do it automatically with Driver Talent, a professional computer driver software.
It is easy to use, and you don’t need to worry about making mistakes when backing up, restoring and updating drivers, no need to research your own hands.
1) First of all, you can download and install Driver Talent on your PC.
2) Open Driver Talent and click on Scan. Then it will search for your computer with any missing, outdated or corrupted drivers.
3) Click on Start. Wait for several minutes until it finishes backing up.
Once it is done, you will see this message. Your drivers have been backed up.
How to restore your drivers:
Go to Restore Drivers, and click on Restore. Wait for a few seconds, and your drivers will be restored automatically.
These are the four methods you can adopt to back up and restore your drivers on Windows 10, are not very simple? Give it a try!