Drivers are required by computer at the time after installing Windows.
Drivers are the software that connect the hardware with operating systems, such as Windows 7, so that the hardware can be detected as a component of a computer and be able to function properly.
All computer components such as video cards, sound cards and Wi-Fi devices are not installed automatically by Windows and require that each.
Hence, you need to perform a backup of drivers before formatting and reinstalling the windows 7, so that it will be able to use again.
How To Backup Drivers Before Formatting Windows 7
There are two ways to perform Windows 7® driver backup, either manually or using the additional driver backup tools (we use DriverMax here because it is very easy to use with just one click).
1. Backup Drivers Windows 7 (Manually)
Drivers on all versions of Windows® are stored in the folder C:\Windows\System32 in the sub-folders Drivers, DriverStore and DRVSTORE11.
DRVSTORE is hidden folder. You must setting view hidden folder in windows explorer.
For a manual backup, simply copy the three folders and save them on an external USB data storage drive.
2. Backup Drivers Windows 7 (DriverMax)
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Download & install DriverMax first (copy drivermax installer file to USB).
Open DriverMax -> Backup -> Create driver backup archive -> Next .
Backups contain only specific drivers that you selected. You will be able to restore one or all drivers contained in a backup.
Select All and Backup
Copy the backup files (.zip) from C:\Users\xxx\Documents\My Drivers to an external USB data storage drive/Outside Drive C.
After backup your windows driver, you are ready to reinstalling your PC.
3. Restore Drivers Windows (DriverMax)
After finish reinstalling you Windows PC, now you need to restore/install Windows Driver from you backup files at step 2.
Restore -> Restore from a previously created backup -> Next.
Backups contain previous versions of your drivers. In the next step you will be prompted to select which driver(s) you want to restore.
Load Backup Driver File, Choose from USB -> Next
Select All Driver and Click Restore
DriverMax Restore Completed
To backup windows drivers can be done manually or using the software.
Manual Backup is by copying folder that contains the driver files (.sys), driver setup files (Inf), pre-compiled INF files (.pnf), and an XML manifest file that contains the manifest of all the files within the driver package.
Backing up by using software like DriverMax will make it easier for you the next time you are finished restoring drivers after re-install windows with 1 click restore.
P.S. With DriverMax, you don’t need CD driver anymore or download it manually from website vendor.