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Is there a software which can backup existing drivers from a working laptop with Windows 7 Pro 32 .I'm upgrading to Windows 7 Ultimate on a new HDD on the laptop, but do not want to install drivers from the manufacturer's website after the fresh install. A friend told me that SiSoft has a software, but I have not found one.

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Driver Max or Double Driver(freeware) should do the job for you.

Keep LifeHacker in your bookmarks for nifty/niche tools like these.

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there is a good tutorial on doing something just like this at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqi_wSHx1DQ

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You can backup all files in the %WINDIR% but the restore won't work because the entries in the registry will be missing.

What you need it a tool that can snapshot Windows and then create a package after the installation with all the changes. After the tool has created the file, you will need to clean it (for example from all the entries which your virus scanner created).

Conclusion: Forget it. Save the driver installation files on an external hard disk and use them to install the drivers again.

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