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    update drivers procedure?

    i would like to update the drivers of my XP, sp3 PC.

    i don't have any imaging software to back up incase anything goes wrong. would system restore give me back the previous driver in case new driver did't work out?
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    Free drive imaging software


    i don't have any imaging software to back up incase anything goes wrong. would system restore give me back the previous driver in case new driver did't work out?
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    It might, but system restore is not a backup means. There are plenty of decent and free apps for doing proper drive images. SR is limited to os specific system files, if something does go wrong, you will be taking a chance with SR.

    As far as drivers are concerned, in most instances you could just install the newer version over the older ones. But in the case of large drivers, like Video/Audio cards, I would prefer to remove/uninstall the older ones first. Chipset drivers are safe to update without the uninstallation of prior versions.

    1 Download the correct drivers, label them properly, and place them someplace safe.
    2 Ensure that when you are ready to install the newer drivers that nothing else is running, i.e... close all open windows, and depending upon your brand of AV software, temporarily disable it.
    3 If a driver requires booting, do so immediatly, and only install one at a time.

    How To Easily Remove Old Drivers from Windows

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    Here is a,FREE backup,system image,pretty much ever thing you need;http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Todo...productListing
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    Quote Originally Posted by dark spec View Post

    i don't have any imaging software to back up in-case anything goes wrong.
    dark spec,
    Hello... I have used, and tried, (Backup and restore) Macrium Reflect (free version ) http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp for Imaging ,along with Acronis 2010 V-7046 ...Macrium is a straight forward basic "Imaging Software" That "Kicks The Pants Off" the "windows flavor" for several reasons... Just down load and run ...Then "burn " the "Recovery Disk" and do your image ....Make sure that you save it to another drive ...Internal ,or external , or another partition.Then you will be "good to go" Regards Fred
    PlainFred

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    a big thank you to all members. i will try imaging and recover first before updating the drivers individually.
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