Updating Drivers on a Laptop after Reformatting

By Deman
Aug 30, 2008
  1. Hi,

    I'm planning on reformatting a friend's computer because it really needs it. I've never reformatted a laptop before, and I before I do it, I was wondering what would be the best way to get a complete list of all the drivers that will need to be updated after reformatting.

    Does windows have something, or is there a program I could install, or a website that could help me out?

    any help is much appreciated.

    (I really hope this is the right place to put this topic, if not, if a mod could move it or something, that'd be great!)
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    If you know the make and model you go to the makers' site and they usually have all the latest downloads - it is the proper procedure to install chipset drivers FIRST then audio, video (if the comp has onboard video) and LAN. If the comp has an add-on video card, you have to identify that and download the latest driver for your particular operating system.

    Other things too numerous to mention BUT that's a start.

  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    You save yourself and lot of time/effort using DriverMax (freeware) to
    - export your drivers before reformatting
    - reformat and re-install DriverMax
    - import your drivers
  4. Deman

    Deman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This sounds like it would do the trick. Ill check it out tomorrow morning.

    thanks a bunch
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