If you reinstalling Windows then locating all the necessary driver files from vendor’s website (if you don’t have a driver recovery cd), and installing them one by one is definitely a pain. Read this device drivers page on Wikipedia if you are not sure what are these exactly.
You can use the handy software called Driver Max which creates a backup of all the device drivers installed on your computer. It works on Windows 7, Vista and XP. You can also download the latest driver updates for your computer using this utility.
How to create a backup of all the drivers installed on your PC
First of all, download and install DriverMax on your PC. Run the program. A screen will appear as shown in the screenshot below. Click on “Backup drivers” link.
Export driver wizard screen will appear. Click “Next”.
It will display all the drivers currently installed on your PC. You can select all drivers to export by clicking on “Select all” button or you could choose the drivers to export by checking the box next to each driver name. You can also select drivers from the given drop down menu. After selecting drivers, click on “Next” button.
Select the first option. Choose the folder to export all the drivers. Let it be default My drivers folder under Documents (you can easily locate it). Click “Next” button.
Backup process will start. It will take few minutes depending upon the number of drivers you export. After the process is finished, click the “Next” button.
All the drivers are exported now. Click on “Open extraction folder” button to view the files.
Now copy these files to a USB drive or on a backup CD and keep it safe. You would need it when you reinstall Windows or while replacing a corrupt driver.
So that was how you can easily create a backup of drivers in Windows. Do you know of any other tool to make backup of all the installed drivers of your PC? Mention it in comments section.