Thanks a lot for sharing, Toni.
No matter what version windows you have....
I have had this program downloaded but never installed for quite a long time already....I asked a friend of mine the other day to use the program to back up her computer drivers using it so we could determine how exactly it works, and if the results were what I hoped for, she could then burn the folder to a cd. The reason I had her do this was because she had put in a new harddrive that I had already installed windows to for her on my system, which meant that it was configured for my own hardware and not hers by the time she got the drive in the mail from me, and once installed, no amount of playing with the drivers including new downloads would work. So I had her hook up her still available old drive, run this program and burn the files to a cd so once the new drive was hooked back up again, those drivers could be used since they worked fine on the old drive.
I was massively impressed with the outcome and saw the real potential for having all working drivers available for any new installations for anybody in that kind of situation of having to format the drive and starting over.
The program lets you either use the default location for the folder, or you can choose your own folder on another partition as I did. You click the 'look for ALL drivers' which will include any non-MS types, a list pops up in the window, you click Select All Drivers, and then click Back Up Drivers. It takes all of about five seconds flat. Now open the folder where you saved the drivers and amazingly every single set of drivers (.vxd, .dll, .exe everything) is now in individual SUBFOLDERS for each driver it located and saved...and the subfolders have the realtime name of the device including model numbers if appropriate. And it includes your dial up configuration.
I can't say enough about this simple program....other than WOW.......Her system is a W98SE so I just tested it on my XP-SP2 system and it slammed right in without a hitch.
Now.....the version I have is an older, free type that has now been taken off the internet shelves so to speak because it's now being maintained by another author and you can only get a trial version of it...but the cost for that particular pay-for version has a few key items for only $20 that will make it worth the purchase, in that it has internet ability to check for and download NEWER driver versions that the free older version can't do.
The pay-for version is here (which I'll be getting myself...and I don't impress easily):
The old free one is available at my site here:
It's listed as WinDrivers Backup PE
I know that I'll be using this program from a keychain harddrive on every computer I have to repair, upgrade, or build.....what a life-saver not to mention the time involved with having to search for and download and then install with fingers crossed that you got the right set of drivers each time.