Posted by: kurtsh | March 1, 2013

TOOL: “Double Driver” – Driver backup & restore utility (3rd party)

A twitter user hit me up the other day (hat tip rickyjr) and pointed me to this tool which I’d actually seen a while back but completely forgot about.  I think many of you in the “endpoint services” or “desktop IT” world will find it useful as well.

imageThe tool is called “Double Driver”. In essence what it does is:

  • List, save, and print drivers details
  • Backup drivers from current Windows
  • Backup drivers from non-live/non-booting Windows
  • Backup drivers to structured folders, compressed (zipped) folder, and self-extracting capability
  • Restore drivers from previous backup
  • Available in GUI and CLI application
  • Portable (no installation required)

The usage scenario is described as such:

One of the main reasons why you would want to collect installed drivers is if you don’t have the Driver CD that came with the computer or they are unavailable online. This comes in quite handy if you purchase a computer and want to backup the initial set of drivers. It can be quite difficulty for example to find drivers for hardware installed in a notebook if the operating system has to be setup again. Luckily Double Driver can now lend you a hand with that and save you a lot of time.

Best of all, it’s completely free.  It states it works on Windows XP/Vista/7 (32-bit or 64-bit) but it’s been tested on Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit) as well.


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