How can I extract drivers from a Windows 7 Recovery Disc?

Douglas Mutay November 9, 2012
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One of my friend called me to help him install Windows 7 on his HP Pavilion Elite desktop PC. He had Windows 8 Consumer Preview and wanted to revert to his original Windows 7.

At the end of the install we discovered that a lot of drivers were not installed (graphic and network). His DVD recovery disk only offers one option: clean install of the OS with a complete wipe of the HDD. He has more than 1TB of data and we can’t just use that option.

Is there any way we could just extract drivers from the recovery disk? Without having to go to the internet and download them from HP?
Thanks for your answers.

  1. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    November 14, 2012 at 2:32 am

    use driver genius to create a executable driver backup application

  2. josemon maliakal
    November 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    usually that is impossible must download it from the website

  3. Naveen Kumar
    November 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm
  4. ha14
    November 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    download and install 7zip

    1) navigate to your 7dvd and browse to sources folder and double click install.wim
    2) open you will see like 13 folders ,open folder 1
    3) Open Windows Folder and then open system32 folder and browse for Drivers and Driverstore
    4) extract these two folders to your desktop and open driverstore folder
    5) rename all the files in folder en-US (file ends in .inf_loc to rename these to .inf)
    6) open device manager and install your missing driver by selecting update driver and select browse my computer ,then select the driverstore folder

    DriverExtractor shareware

    • Douglas Mutay
      November 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Thank you very much. I have just followed your perfectly clear instruction and resolved the issue. It's all working good now!

  5. Erlis D.
    November 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Usually when you install the drivers in a HP computer, the setup extracts the setup files in C directory.. If you haven't deleted your files from C directory, you can find them there. Also if you don't have the drivers, you can use a tool like Driver Reviver (I would suggest it, since it download the lasted versions of the drivers)

  6. ha14
    November 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

    you can to HP and from there download drivers.

    another option is to use driver updater, this will scan Windows and propose latest suitable drivers.


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