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Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

Just wondering if there's any software out there which saves all the drivers in use in some location, for easy back up purposes. ( I have this ancient laptop for which I can't find the drivers and stuff, when I change the OS) So I was just wondering.
post #2 of 8
what brand Laptop do you have?
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
It's a Toshiba Satellite A100.
post #4 of 8
right-click my computer > properties
click hardware tab
click device manager
double click a driver
go to details tab
under device instance id it has two 4-digit numbers, these are the vendor and model number

example: PCI\\VEN_8086&DEV_10ce&SUBSYS_2A84103C&REV_03\\3&1 1583659&0&10
8086 || 10ce
vendor || device

go to pcidatabse.com and enter the numbers in the specified areas to find out what you need in this example the
vendor is intel
and the device is Intel 82567V-2 Gigabit Network Connection

now what you would do is go to toshiba.com (or intel), find the Intel Gigabit driver and save it onto a flash or a folder you can put on a cd.

and from here you're good to go, just do it for which ever drivers you want to back up. you really only need it for the display and network. then you would just update OS and find the drivers the same way i just showed you.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
What about the ones for those hotkeys on the laptop, and the Fn + F keys which are each given specific tasks to do like Turn on/off wi-fi, increase volume, increase/decrease screen brightness etc.

Edit: Can I use the above mentioned method for those as well? And which ones do they come under in Device Manager?
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yea, HP has a driver that does somthing similar as well (i work with nothing but HP at work) and i just rebuilt a laptop (literaly JUST finished it) that needed a driver for it. got it right off the HP website.

When you rebuild your PC with a clean install of windows, the devices that you do not have drivers for will have a yellow warning sign next them. this means that obviously the driver is not there. it may say "unknown device", so the above method helps a lot since it'll have the info you need to find the correct driver for the device.

as far as hotkeys, most of that is done through Windows and anything extra will most likely be installed when updating using Windows Update
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Originally Posted by Hazzeedayz View Post
yea, HP has a driver that does somthing similar as well (i work with nothing but HP at work) and i just rebuilt a laptop (literaly JUST finished it) that needed a driver for it. got it right off the HP website.

When you rebuild your PC with a clean install of windows, the devices that you do not have drivers for will have a yellow warning sign next them. this means that obviously the driver is not there. it may say "unknown device", so the above method helps a lot since it'll have the info you need to find the correct driver for the device.

as far as hotkeys, most of that is done through Windows and anything extra will most likely be installed when updating using Windows Update
Alright, thanks for all your help, sir! +Rep for you.
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Alright, thanks for all your help, sir! +Rep for you.
no problem bud and thank you
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