Hello! Consider this: The operating system is already saturated, and giving problems. Therefore, it is necessary to reinstall Windows. In such a case, a common problem is the drivers. They are often not available or not compatible. Consequently, it is problematic to update drivers for elements such as network, audio, graphics, etc. For such reason, it is advisable to have a backup of the drivers that are working correctly. There are certainly third-party programs that offer this feature. However, today we are going to use a Windows 10 application. Read on to learn how to backup drivers in Windows 10.
How to create driver back up in Windows 10 using PowerShell.
As mentioned, we will use PowerShell. It is well known that this is a command-line interface of Windows 10. Therefore, we will use some commands to do the backup. The first thing you have to do is to open this console with administrator privileges. With this intention, press the Win+X combination. Please look at the image below:
Once the PowerShell is executed, it is necessary to use the following syntax:
Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination Path where we will store them
In this case, we have created a folder on the E: drive called Drivers_Backup. Therefore, the command will look like this:
Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination E:\Drivers_Backup
Pressing Enter will start the driver export process:
You can go to the selected location to validate the backup of the drivers.
How to view the drivers installed in Windows 10.
To find out which drivers are installed on the system, you need to use the following command:
Get-WindowsDriver –Online -All
To see the list better organized, please use the following command:
Get-WindowsDriver -Online -All | Out-GridView
How to restore drivers from the command prompt.
Once backed up, it is possible to update the drivers. With this in mind, we will use the command prompt with administrator privileges. With this intention, type CMD in the search bar:
Once there, we will use the following syntax.
dism /online /Add-Driver/Driver:Path to controller/Recurse
Restore and update drivers with PowerShell
This process can also be performed from PowerShell. To do so, we will use the following syntax.
Add-WindowsDriver Path to controller/Recurse
In this way we have seen how to back up the drivers in Windows 10. Consequently, this copy allows you to reinstall the system safely. Thus, the correct functioning of the hardware is guaranteed. See you soon!