A practice that is not often followed by computer technicians that often is creating a backup of device drivers before doing a driver update, or even a system re-installation. It is fair to say that most of the time it is completely not necessary but there is always a going to be a time, somewhere down the track when you will either not be able to find the drivers or the drivers you found for the device are not working for whatever reason. This where a tool that can backup drivers can be used to extract current drivers for a system and put them in a location where you can restore them at a later date.
Most simple device drivers comprise of data-link libraries and drv files that are accompanied by a .inf file that contains versions and devices ids that match the device so it can be utilized in the system.
These older drivers can be placed on a USB stick for later retrieval, or just for a safe keep in-case anything goes wrong with the system in the future. Sometime like older software, if it isn’t broken why fix it!
I recently was working on a client’s system that was needing a driver installation for a Realtek Audio Driver for Windows 10 64 bit and even though the drivers were playing up due to a revision of Windows 10 I still backed up the drivers and placed them in an archive for later. As a technician we owe it to the client to do everything we can to make sure that every step we take has a backup plan because they are entrusting us to be thorough with our profession.
In a technician’s tool kit, software like Drivers Backup is an essential tool that should be used before and after a work related to the system, and the software is free so there are no excuses for not using it.