The drivers of the devices connected to your equipment are those that make possible to operate its functionality in correct manner. However, installing each and every device drivers on your system, can become one of the heaviest tasks every time you format the computer. Although Windows is able to install generic drivers for your devices after a formatting, ideally you need to go to the official site of each manufacturer and install the latest versions for each. Something really tedious, so we will show how to back up the drivers of your computer to be able to restore them later without having to do all this process.
The truth is that the Microsoft operating system does not make things too easy for users to be able to back up the drivers installed on Windows. However, there is some way to do it, as we will show below and without installing new applications on the computer .
Create a Backup of Drivers with Windows PowerShell
For this, we will use Windows 10 PowerShell included by default with OS. So, the first thing we are going to have to do is to launch Windows PowerShell with administrator permissions, something we can do with just typing PowerShell in the text box that appears in the taskbar next to Cortana and once we appear The application, click on it with the right button and select the option Run as administrator.
Once we have the Windows PowerShell window open on the desktop, to make a backup of the drivers or drivers installed in Windows 10, we will have to use the Export-WindowsDriver command that offers us the tool itself by typing command line Of PowerShell
Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination and followed by the path of the folder where it will be saved, for example, D:\backupdrivers. In this way, the final command would be as follows.
Export-Windows-Driver -Online -Destination “D: \ backupdrivers”
Pressing Enter will launch the process and will automatically save the backups of the drivers of each of our devices in the indicated folder.
How To Restore the Drivers Just backed up?
To restore them later, the first thing we have to do is to launch the devmgmt.msc command from a Run window, which will open the Device Manager. Once there, we just have to right click on each device to select the Update Driver option and then indicate that we want to search on our computer . Finally, it is necessary to indicate the path of the folder where we have the backups and to finish the process so that the correct driver is reinstalled for each device.