Have unusual hardware? Make reinstalls easier by saving your drivers with Double DriverSeptember 4, 2011 11 Email article | Print article
Have unusual hardware? Do you spend hours hunting down drivers for your computer every time you do a reinstall? Go right to enjoying your new installation with Double Driver, a free piece of software that lets you back up, restore, and even print out a list of your drivers.
Why back up instead of search
If you don’t reinstall that often, you’re probably wondering what the advantages of backing up your drivers is. For one, if you ever do need to reinstall, you’ll have them. Plus, if you need to give a copy to a friend with the same computer, you can do that. All in all driver backups are pretty much a “must” for any computer.
Backing up your drivers
Luckily, with Double Drivers backing up is as simple as pressing a few buttons. Upon starting the program (dd.exe), you’ll find a minimal start page:
You can either have Double Driver scan your current system or another system. Scanning another system requires restarting the program as Administrator and selecting the directory, while scanning your current system requires one single click.
After scanning your system, Double Driver will select all non-Microsoft drivers. However, if there are drivers you don’t want, like the iTunes ones, you can simply uncheck them. When you’re done selecting, just hit Backup Now, which will prompt you for a backup directory.
Your options for backups are a self-extracting EXE, a folder, and a ZIP folder. By default the selection is just a normal folder; don’t change it unless you know why you want to. Clicking OK will start the process:
Restoring a backup
There comes a time in every computer’s life when you have to reinstall its operating system. Luckily, you already made a backup… riiiiight?
To restore your backup, open Double Driver again, this time as an Administrator. Upon opening, just hit the Restore tab. If you forgot to run it as Administrator, you’ll be prompted to open the program again.
Upon selecting the Restore tab, you’ll be prompted for the location of your backup:
Saving a list of your drivers
The last cool function DD provides is a list of all of your drivers. Clicking the Save button will prompt you for a location:
Backing up drivers individually is a surprisingly easy task that is not widely publicized. Backing up your drivers lets you play around with and reinstall your operating system without fear of losing hardware compatibility. Double Driver is a free download, for any Windows XP or newer.
Version reviewed: v4.1.0
Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7
Download size: 2.1MB