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How do I save drivers from a Windows 8.1 tablet?

  1. #1


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10

    How do I save drivers from a Windows 8.1 tablet?


    I've mentioned over in this thread that I bought a Windows 8.1 (with Bing) tablet, called a Tesco Connect, from UK supermarket Tesco.

    The main problem is that support is non-existent.
    So if I want to download drivers, there's no 'Manufacturer's website' (at least not for the tablet) to get them from.

    Luckily the tablet is running fine at the moment, but I want to know the best way to save drivers
    1. for some future emergency when I lose the drivers and want to fix that without having to completely wind it back to the last image backup , and
    2. so I can install Windows 10 and have options if Microsoft's automatic systems can't find drivers
    3. so I have a set to help other forum members who have the same tablet (as someone asked on the thread I started)


    Someone has made a Blog post here where they suggest taking a copy of the entire c:\windows\system32 folder on to a USB stick, and then pointing Device manager at that folder to find missing drivers, but it feels like overkill as there are so many files in system32, most of which won't be drivers I imagine.

    So I'm hoping there's a better way to save my drivers - how do I do this?

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


    but I want to know the best way to save drivers
    Use DriverBackup to do that. It allows you to easily save all your current drivers. If you then copy those folders to a USB stick, you then have the full set of working drivers that you can use later.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    md C:\Drivers
    Dism /online /Export-Driver /Destination:C:\Drivers

    to add drivers to installation
    Dism /online /Add-Driver /Driver:C:\Drivers /Recurse
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  4. #4


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    That''ll do it David.

    It is one of the functions on a thing I made.

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  5. #5


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    That''ll do it David.

    It is one of the functions on a thing I made.
    Thanks for that - presumably it's calls various DISM commands, including the ones which KYHI mentions?

    Where would I download it from? (I'm sure I've seen it or one of your other tools before but I can't remember where the thread is.)
    Last edited by DavidY; 01 Aug 2015 at 20:02.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    md C:\Drivers
    Dism /online /Export-Driver /Destination:C:\Drivers

    to add drivers to installation
    Dism /online /Add-Driver /Driver:C:\Drivers /Recurse
    Does the /add-driver command work with /online? I think I might need to do it offline, with a WinPE disk?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Yes,
    you can Add-Driver /Online and /Image (Offline)
    or Export-Driver /Online and /Image (Offline)

    Dism /Image:d:\offline /Export-Driver /Destination:c:\drivers
    Dism /Image:d:\offline /Add-Driver /Driver:c:\Drivers /Recurse
    --------
    Dism /online /Export-Driver /Destination:C:\drivers
    Dism /Image:d:\offline /Add-Driver /Driver:c:\drivers /Recurse
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  8. #8


    Please could you dropbox me the drivers? I appreciate it! I've installed windows 10 but forgot to copy the drivers and now have now touch or sound. Thanks
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  9. #9


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by tropicalpaddy View Post
    Please could you dropbox me the drivers? I appreciate it! I've installed windows 10 but forgot to copy the drivers and now have now touch or sound. Thanks
    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Yes,
    you can Add-Driver /Online and /Image (Offline)
    or Export-Driver /Online and /Image (Offline)

    Dism /Image:d:\offline /Export-Driver /Destination:c:\drivers
    Dism /Image:d:\offline /Add-Driver /Driver:c:\Drivers /Recurse
    --------
    Dism /online /Export-Driver /Destination:C:\drivers
    Dism /Image:d:\offline /Add-Driver /Driver:c:\drivers /Recurse
    Here is what I get if I use the command in bold. I'm still on Windows 8.1 at this point so not tried the commands to add the driver back yet.

    Onedrive link

    I also used the command
    Dism /online /Get-Drivers /format:table
    to make a list of the drivers - in a text file in the zip.

    Good Luck!
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  10. #10


    Do you think the process in the blog post - Install Windows 10 on a £99 Tesco Tablet - would work? I'll have to learn to use dism another day.. Thanks again!
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