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How to Backup and Restore Your Windows 10 Driver and Activation

Written by John

For Windows 10 to operate properly, you need to have the right drivers installed. These are required not only by the operating system but also by the hardware connected to the computer. As for Window activation, it needs to be done over and over again and it can be really annoying. There is a simple solution though; learn how to backup and restore the Windows 10 activation and drivers.

Backing up and restoring drivers in Windows 10

Getting drivers supported by your device and Windows 10 is very easy. All you have to do is to visit the device manufacturer’s website and you will get the latest drivers. Windows 10 is able to detect the drivers on your PC automatically and uses them. Once you have downloaded drivers, there is a tool that allows you to back them up and you can install them in a reinstalled Windows 10 system.

Here we will be looking at how you will be able to backup drivers Windows 10 and restore them in a new system. Whether you would like to have a fresh start by reinstalling Windows 10 or are installing it for the first time, you will benefit from this knowledge.

How to backup drivers

For this, you will be using the Command Prompt tool. Follow the steps below:

1. Open File Explorer. Create a folder “DriverBackup” in your C: partition.

Create a new folder

2. Click on “Start” and search for “Command prompt”. When you find it, right click on it and choose to “Run as Administrator”.

Open Command Prompt

3. Type in the following command:

DISM /online /export-driver /destination:C:\DriverBackup

Press Enter.

Backup All Drivers

Restoring the Drives

If you install Windows 10 and it does not automatically detect drivers you can restore them manually. Here is how to do it:

1. Right click on the Windows Button. This opens the Power User menu. Select “Device Manager”.

Open Device Manager

2. Choose the device you would like to install the driver. Right click on it and select “Update Driver Software”.  Then click on the “Browse” button.

Update Drive Software in Windows

4. Find the folder with the backup of all the drivers and click on “Open”.

6. Click on “Next”. Windows 10 will find and install the relevant drivers.

Successfully Updated Driver

Backup and restore Windows 10 Activation

When you reinstall Windows 10, you need not buy a new copy of windows 10. You can use the initial copy you had to activate after a reinstallation. To do this, you need to backup Windows 10 activation. Thanks to the Advanced Token Manager, users can easily backup the information they require to check the validity of the copy of Windows.

Advanced Token Manager

To make use of this feature, open the Advanced Token Manager and click on the “Backup Activation” button. This will back up the activation and create a folder named “Windows Activation Backup” in the same location as the Advanced Token Manager. The prior contains the backed up activation information.

To restore the activation just run the Advanced Token Manager. You will see a “Restore” option. Click on it and confirm that is what you would like to do. Click on “Next” and the restoration process will begin. When this is done, you can expect to have a genuine copy of Windows 10.

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