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    Possible Hardware Backup?

    SOmewhere, somehow, my IntelliPoint software / drivers got screwed up. To re-install, as you undoubtedly know, I have to uninstall etc.

    If I were / am setting up Windows from scratch, and all I had installed (besides the Windows itself) were the hardware drivers and software, cold I then take an exported backup of the registry, so that if the driver(s) got messed again I could just import that registry and it would Bering the drivers in, and not upset software and other installs I had subsequently?

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    Re: Possible Hardware Backup?

    Why make it complicated? You probably already have a backup.

    Hasn't "Roll Back Driver" been around in the Device Manager since XP? Though, I know, people know most about "Add or Remove programs" and System Restore (SR), but Roll Back Driver is also part of the different layers of system protection that is there.

    It uninstalls a recently updated driver and installs the previously installed driver. And as one can assume it only affects that hardware, that device, (true for uninstall in "Add or Remove programs" also, but not true for SR since it affects the whole PC, account profiles etc. etc.).

    Open DM, select the properties for you device and select the Driver tab.

    If there is no backup for the driver you will be offered to run the trouble-shooter. But many times it is then time to do the reinstall manually or perhaps depending on how severe (if in Safe Mode when trying the roll back) move to System Restore, the Recovery Console etc.

    Note: A lot of devices such as a mouse etc. come with extra software, some running in the background other on demand; I don’t know how Windows handle all the extra in all different cases.
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    Re: Possible Hardware Backup?

    Looks like using a shotgun to kill a gnat, Chuck - a slight overkill I'd say! What's so difficult in removing and re-installing one device's driver(s)?

    Besides which, you would have to know EXACTLY which registry keys and/or sub-keys to export. If you do the whole registry and later import that, you might (would probably?) wipe out everything else except for the driver you want. I don't think a registry import would be "smart enough" to add without wiping out what was already there, but I admit I've never tried it so I don't really know.

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    Re: Possible Hardware Backup?

    Exactly Al,
    Importing the whole registry from a backup is NO good thing, back to square one <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> [shudder]. Even Sytem Restore only changes what have been changed (then it's a different matter that SR may change several things at once, but not all...).

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    Re: Possible Hardware Backup?

    Remember that when you import a registry file it is merged into the registry. So, you could end up really messing things up if you aren't careful.

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    Re: Possible Hardware Backup?

    Chuck,
    If a driver becomes corrupt, simply restoring an earlier version of the registry is NOT going to fix the corrupt driver. As Al and Argus have pointed out, simply restoring an earlier version of the registry could produce some very unwanted results. Reinstalling (or updating) an existing driver should have NO impact on any software which has been installed. In the case of your IntelliPoint, the setup installs both the drivers and the software application which allows you to customize your mouse. If either the drivers or the software become corrupt, restoring registry entries will not fix the problem.

    I agree with Argus and Al - reinstalling a driver is NOT major surgery.
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    Re: Possible Hardware Backup?

    John / Argus / Al / Joe:

    Ok, so re-installing is the best way. That particular drive (Microsoft IntelliPoint) has finked out on my before is all...I was just trying to see if there was a "recognized cure." And no, re-installing isn't that big of a deal.

    I guess I just figured if I didn't ask, I'd never learn one way or the other.

    Thanks guys.

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    Re: Possible Hardware Backup?

    Have you tried a System Restore? My understanding is that that includes both the registry and the driver dlls, so it should restore the actual drivers you were using before.

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    Re: Possible Hardware Backup?

    Did, but it didn't take.

    I have reinstalled as was suggested...

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