Windows 10: Save your windows 10 Preview Drivers and Save the Hassle Later

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  1. Posts : 1,841
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       09 Jun 2015 #1

    Save your windows 10 Preview Drivers and Save the Hassle Later


    As many of you are aware windows 10 Preview will have to be removed (on some systems) and the original OS re-installed to get the Upgrade License Activation..

    Since you already have the preview of 10 installed - most likely you also have the drivers and windows driver updates installed..

    If you export the current drivers from the windows 10 OS before you remove it - you can save the updated drivers to a folder - to be imported later into your New Windows 10 upgrade OS..

    I am sure some will find a way clean install windows 10 and it is nice to have all the updated windows 10 drivers on hand and in a folder..

    Create a "Drivers" folder on your drive (example> D:\Drivers) then run this command from prompt(admin) to export the current drivers
    Code:
    Dism /online /Export-Driver /Destination:D:\Drivers
    Once you install or re-install windows 10 - run this command to import the exported drivers into your new windows 10 OS
    Code:
    Dism /online /Add-Driver /Driver:D:\Drivers /Recurse
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  2. Posts : 7,882
    Windows 10
       09 Jun 2015 #2

    Kyhi said: View Post
    As many of you are aware windows 10 Preview will have to be removed (on some systems) and the original OS re-installed to get the Upgrade License Activation..
    Gabe Aul has said in a tweet that M$ will not ask for the W7 key. So why would a reinstall of the old OS be necessary?
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  3.    10 Jun 2015 #3

    labeeman said: View Post
    Gabe Aul has said in a tweet that M$ will not ask for the W7 key. So why would a reinstall of the old OS be necessary?
    I think that might have been in the case when W7 was upgraded to W10 and therefore W10 could read the key.

    For people who have clean installed the Preview I don't know how W10 would "know" the key, and I suspect it will need one, although I'm hoping it may be a case of just typing a key in rather than reinstalling.

    Anyway there are plenty of cases why this is a really useful tip which I'm definitely filing away for future use.

    Just in my own experience:
    1. My old laptop was giving all sorts of errors with 10 Preview, including corrupting files and eventually not booting. Eventually I figured out this was due to a bank of RAM which had failed. I had to reinstall the OS and if I'd known this tip I'd have saved a lot of time in putting in the old drivers which aren't found automatically by the installer
    2. I have a much newer tablet running 8.1 with Bing. I bought it from UK supermarket Tesco, and it was being sold as their own brand, but support is non-existent and there doesn't seem to be a website to download drivers from. I'm hoping that saving the 8.1 drivers will help me to upgrade it to 10 if the installer doesn't find them all?

    @Kyhi do you know if a driver saved this way under 8.1 would work with 10 in my scenario 2 above?
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  4. Posts : 1,841
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       10 Jun 2015 #4

    those two commands work with both windows 8.1 and windows 10 (a newer DISM Feature)

    and yes I have exported windows 8.1 drivers and imported them into windows 10 - and MS update found better drivers..
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  5. Posts : 1,841
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       10 Jun 2015 #5

    labeeman said: View Post
    Gabe Aul has said in a tweet that M$ will not ask for the W7 key. So why would a reinstall of the old OS be necessary?
    Seems to me that in order to get the free upgrade to windows 10 rtm > you will need a qualifying OS installed

    And the Free Windows 10 Preview > is not a qualifying OS
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  6.    10 Jun 2015 #6

    Kyhi said: View Post
    Seems to me that in order to get the free upgrade to windows 10 rtm > you will need a qualifying OS installed

    And the Free Windows 10 Preview > is not a qualifying OS
    Gabe did tweet that you can go from Win10TP to Win10 RTM.
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  7. Posts : 1,841
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       10 Jun 2015 #7

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    Gabe did tweet that you can go from Win10TP to Win10 RTM.
    Well, that would save a lot of the hassle.. But I like to save the drivers as it makes reinstalls easier, rather then having to re-download them or run all the installers
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  8.    10 Jun 2015 #8

    Kyhi said: View Post
    Well, that would save a lot of the hassle.. But I like to save the drivers as it makes reinstalls easier, rather then having to re-download them or run all the installers
    I agree.. I have my drivers all set if I do need them.
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  9. Posts : 21,918
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       10 Jun 2015 #9

    Kyhi said: View Post
    Well, that would save a lot of the hassle.. But I like to save the drivers as it makes reinstalls easier, rather then having to re-download them or run all the installers
    You can save them as you wish. But, remember, vendors still have a lot of drivers in Q&A testing w/MS. There may well be a slew of newly released/updated drivers/firmware waiting in the wings. Just use caution and common sense.
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  10. Posts : 1,841
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       10 Jun 2015 #10

    There may well be a slew of newly released/updated drivers/firmware waiting in the wings
    It exports the current system drivers - the newest available at the time of export..
    Yes they might get updated again at a later time
    Just export them again as to keep a folder of CURRENT drivers
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