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backing up driversYour drivers can be a scary and intimidating thing. The two pieces of the Windows backend that I never recommend the novice user play with are the registry and device drivers. The smallest of errors in handling either of these can result in system instability or a completely bricked operating system, and that’s no fun.

As you become a more experienced, savvy, and paranoid citizen of the Internet, you’ll grow accustomed to religiously backing up your system and online data. Drivers are clearly a crucial part of this process, and in this post I’d like to introduce you to a free and portable tool that can completely back up or restore every driver on your machine in just a few clicks.

Double Driver

Double Driver works with versions of Windows from XP to 8. The download is just a little over 2 MB in size and can be extracted anywhere on your hard drive, external drive, or flash drive.

Launching the application shows how simple it is.

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Upon launch, Double Driver will immediately begin to scan your system for drivers. Note that you need to launch the application with administrator privileges for it to work properly.

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The main tab of interest, across the top, is Backup.

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Click the Scan Current System button (near the bottom) and you’ll get access to every driver that exists on your system. Checkboxes are then automatically ticked for drivers that Double Driver detects as your most important, which by default are non-Microsoft drivers. The Select tab will drop down into a menu that allows you to invert your selection, select all, or select none.

The Scan Other System button will let you scan a non-live version of Windows, if you’re trying to backup another OS installation on a second partition or hard drive.

Clicking Backup Now will do just that.

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I’d recommend you set the output as a zipped folder, as it will save the most disk space. The operation should then take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.

Restoring your drivers is practically the exact same process, in reverse. Go to the Restore tab, select the folder where your backup has been saved to, and load it. You’re then able to select which drivers you want to restore, if not all.

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These two features really sum up the core functionality of Double Driver. It allows preserving your drivers to be very easy. The only feature that would have been great to have would be a scheduled driver backup, but drivers are so rarely touched that many people should probably see that as unneccessary.

If you’d like to print out your drivers, there’s a tab for that. Clicking Print will automatically queue up your list of drivers to your default printer. Clear will clear your scan.

Let me stress again how sensitive the Windows system is when it comes to drivers. You should always be careful when tampering with, disabling, or updating any drivers on your system. In my honest opinion, if it ain’t broke then don’t go trying to fix it. Though I haven’t used the software in over a year, just using an automated driver handler like SlimDrivers has caused catastrophic problems for me in the past.

Before you do anything like that, make sure you have a fresh backup of your drivers. It could save your PC! Let me know what you think of Double Driver in the comments below.

  1. Candy Ray
    March 2, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Not work for me. :( Then I downloaded and installed Driver Talent, which is working 100% for my Windows 10.

  2. Nicolas Loots
    January 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Great program but I don't really need it. Just create a restore point and done.

  3. abhijeet
    January 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

    well Craig that was a good article.but for the sophisticated geeks i would recommend
    driver max which is a free program which can check your drivers against it's
    database and tell you which drivers need to be updated.this program can download 2 updated drivers for you for for free everyday. it can also take backup and
    restoration of your drivers.
    use this free program and stay free from most of your driver issues!

  4. Kelly Pyaso
    January 10, 2013 at 4:33 am

    wanted to access through blocked websites

  5. Jeff
    January 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Kind of useless, considering none of the download links on the site work.

    • Tina Sieber
      January 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks for the heads-up, Jeff.

      The

    • Craig Snyder
      January 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Downloads on the website were working at the time the article was written, published, and are working for me right now. That being said though, it's tough to ensure they're up 100% of the time as this is third-party freeware. Hope you manage to get it downloaded.

  6. Alexander
    January 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Double driver is really useful, and i have made the mistake of not backing up my drivers before installing :/

  7. Akhil Kumar
    January 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Any simple driver update softwares out there? I used 'Slim Drivers' but it screwed up my mouse drivers. BTW, nice post.

    • Craig Snyder
      January 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      I never recommend using automated software to update your drivers. Your Windows registry and drivers are two things that I always say to be very careful with. If I'm you, I check out my drivers individually and update them at them very carefully.

  8. raymond mcnatt
    January 7, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Awesome program I use it to backup my drivers.

  9. brad williamson
    January 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I've used this fixing computers at home and for my classroom. Better and quicker than realizing you can't go online to get drivers, especially when there is no wireless/ethernet connection.

  10. Dave Rimmer
    January 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I normally re-install Windows 7 evey year so this would be good to backup drivers prior to re-install. Not much point creating restore points for drivers as they only last so long. Thanks for this.

    • A&L
      January 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Great point Dave, restore points get written over
      I've used Double driver before and it worked great
      Thanks

  11. Ibrahim Nadir
    January 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    any software like norton ghost that can recover the entire image without needing you to boot from CD or DVD? Something that you can install in Windows and it restarts PC nd runs the image for you?

  12. saba
    January 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    what a great post I m seriously find this thing thanks.
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  13. Yiz Borol
    January 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    nice program. But for me a more useful program would be one that makes sure my drivers are up-to-date with those of their manufacturer, not the OEM of my computer but Intel and nvidia, who made the parts, as dell (my OEM) is often late in posting the updates to their website, and after a year or two stops adding new drivers completely, even if Intel (or whoever) is still updating...

  14. Réy Aétar
    January 6, 2013 at 7:51 am

    cool but it doesnt back u the program associated with the driver so made some things like switchable graphics unusable

  15. Brandon Ragoo
    January 6, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Cool program but it would not be of much use to me as I woud just create a restore point manually or system image before updating any drivers.

    • Peter
      January 7, 2013 at 3:21 am

      Still might be useful to backup drivers on friends computers, a few months later you're called upon to restore and voila!
      Or if you're like me and mess around a lot w/ a lot of hardware, it's another way to keep things together and organized

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