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Tip of the Day
Language: NT
Expertise: Beginner
Jan 11, 1999

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Application Security Testing: An Integral Part of DevOps


Device Driver Files

Question:
I plan to clean up my laptop. Before doing so, I'd like to copy all necessary device driver files to a separate diskette. How do I track down all the necessary device driver files before I reformat my hard drive?

Answer:
I really don't recommend this. Even if you discover all the device drivers, that doesn't give you the dependencies, or the multi-leveled dependencies. That said, you can find you current drivers under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services. The device drives are just special services, so you will have to cull out the non-device drivers from the entries. Under each device driver, you should see a "ImagePath" value on the right side.

Why not just make a backup of the hard drive before reformatting? Or even better, reinstall everything after formatting. If you have had much beta software on the machine, even un-installing doesn't always cure all the problems that the beta installs can cause. I wind up doing this at least twice a year on my machine at home, for that very reason.

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