Drivers are essential software for the functioning of a computer and it is a good idea to back them up to some external source. It can be a real pain to try to reinstall or repair Windows, only to find that some proprietary driver is missing or corrupt. Many PC manufacturers have their own drivers for crucial hardware and Windows generic drivers won’t work.

Backup the following folders

  • %SystemRoot%\System32\DriverStore
  • %SystemRoot%\System32\Drivers
  • %SystemRoot%\System32\DrvStore
  • %systemroot%\inf\