How to back up your drivers in Windows 10 [Easily]

By Justin Zeng  Technical Tips  DriversWindows 10   0 Comment

Don’t know how to back up your drivers in Windows 10? Don’t worry! You’ve come to the right place. It’s very, very easy! After reading this article, you should be able to back up your drivers easily and quickly!

Try these methods

  1. Back up your drivers in Command Prompt
  2. Back up your drivers in Powershell
  3. How to restore a driver backup
  4. Back up and restore your drivers using Driver Easy

Method 1: Back up your drivers in Command Prompt

You can back up your drivers using DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tool.

As is a command line tool built into Windows 8 and later versions of Windows system, It is often used to service and prepare Windows images. As a nifty tool, it can also be used to scan and repair the Windows image. And of course, it also can used to back up your drivers! Here is how to do it:

  1. Create a new folder in your local disk drive (D:) or one of any other drives on which has not installed Windows 10. Then rename it to 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 and R at the same time to open the Run dialog. Type cmd and then press Ctrl, Shift and Enter as the same time to run Command Prompt as administrator. You’ll be prompted for permission. Click Yes to open Command Prompt.
  3. In Command Prompt, type the following command line and press Enter:
    dism /online /export-driver /destination:"D:\Drivers Backup"

    If you created the folder with the name “Driver Backup” in your local disk drive (E:), you should type the command line dism /online /export-driver /destination:"E:\Drivers Backup"
  4. When the process is completed, you’ll see the message:
  5. Now you can go to the Drivers Backup folder to view the backup of all the drivers.

Method 2: Back up your drivers in Powershell

You can also back up your drivers in Powershell, but the command line is a lit bit different. It is also very easy! Follow the instruction below to back up your drivers in Powershell.

Powershell is a command line tool similar to Command Prompt. It is initially developed by Microsoft and now it becomes a open source project. Powershell is not only available in Windows, but also in Mac OS and Linux
  1. Create a new folder in your local disk drive (D:) or one of any other drives on which has not installed Windows 10. Then rename it to 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 and type powershell. In the list of search results, right-click Windows Powershell and select Run as administrator. You’ll be prompted for permission. Click Yes to run Powershell as administrator.
  3. In Powershell, type the following command line and press Enter:
    Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination "D:\Drivers Backup"

    If you created the folder with the name “Driver Backup” in 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 the Drivers Backup folder to view the backup of all the drivers.

How to restore a driver backup

In Device Manager, you can manually restore your drivers backup one by one. Here is how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and at the same time. Then select Device Manager. You’ll be prompted for permission. Click Yes to open Device Manager.
  2. Right-click the device you want to restore a driver backup for, then select Update driver.
  3. In the pop-up window, select Browse my computer for driver software.
  4. Click Browse… to locate your Drivers Backup folder. Click the box next to Include subfolders. Then click Next.
  5. Windows will begin to search the Drivers Backup folder and restore the driver for this device.
  6. Close the window when the process it completed.

Method 3: Back up and restore your drivers using Driver Easy

If you feel not comfortable playing with those command lines, or if you don’t have time, patience or computer skills to back up, restore or update your drivers, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy is easy to use. What’s more, you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when you back up, restore and update your drivers. Driver Easy handles it all. With the Pro version of Driver Easy, you can back up and restore your drivers easily and quickly!

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Activate the Pro version of Driver Easy using your license key. If you don’t know how to do it, you can refer to the activation guide.
  3. In the Pro version of Driver Easy, click Tools.

To back up your drivers:

  1. In the Driver Backup window, select the drivers you want to back up by checking the box next to the device. The drivers backup folder is located in your local disk drive (C:) by default. You can click Backup to… to change the path. Then click Start Backup to back up the drivers you select.
  2. Wait until the process is completed.
  3. When you see the following message, click OK. If you checked the box next to Open backup folder, the backup folder will pop up after you click OK.

To restore your drivers:

  1. Run the Pro version of Driver Easy. Then click Tools.
  2. Click Driver Restore. You’ll be prompted for permission. Click Continue > Yes to open the Driver Restore window.
  3. In the Driver Restore window, click Browse… to select the .zip file of your drivers backup.
  4. Click Continue to restore your drivers.
  5. Click OK when it is completed.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.
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