How to backup and restore drivers on Windows using Double Drivers

Backup and restore drivers in Windows

Double Drivers is a simple but powerful small portable (no installation required) tool that will help you to backup and restore drivers in Windows.

Drivers are programs that control devices in your computer — this is the way that Windows can talk and understand every device in your system –, whether it is a printer, sound, video, keyboard, etc.; every device has to have a driver. 

While Windows 7 and Windows Vista will recognize thousands of devices that you may install in your system using the Plug & Play feature, it is a good idea to create a backup of the already installed drivers. This becomes in handy, for example, when you don’t have the CD with the driver for a specific device or the driver is not available anymore when you search online. It can be quite complicated, for example, if you just finish installing Windows and you find out that Windows couldn’t install the driver for network adapter, and now you cannot connect online to find it.

Double Driver is a free tool that not only allows you to view detailed information about all the drivers installed in Windows like version, date, providers, etc., but also it allows you to easily backup, restore, save and print all the selected drivers.

How to use Double Driver to backup drivers

  1. Once you download and uncompressed the files, you can double-click dd.exe to launch Double Drivers — one cool thing about this tool is that it is portable and you don’t have to install anything, you can even store and run this tool from a USB drive for convenience –.

  2. Navigate to Backup and click Scan Current System, this will generate a list of all the drivers installed in your system.

  3. Select the drivers you would like to backup and click Backup now. Last just choose where to save the backup (preferable in network shared folder or in a USB drive), and also choose the output — the default is Ok –, and click OK to finishing backing up the device drivers.

    Backup Windows Drivers with Double Drivers

How to use Double Driver to restore drivers

  1. Run Double Drivers, navigate to the Restore section.

  2. Click on Locate Backup, select available or browse for the backup, select the drivers you would like to restore, click Restore Now and OK. Follow any other instruction if asked.

    Restore Windows Drivers with Double Drivers

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].