How to Export Drivers Using PowerShell

Well, have you heard about PowerShell? Well, it’s a command-line shell and scripting language designed for system administration in Windows. With Windows 10, you get the latest version of PowerShell, which is version 5.0. PowerShell is a beneficial tool in Windows which can be used for some pretty amazing stuff such as partitioning your hard disk, create system images etc. Today, we will talk about a specific use of PowerShell, which is exporting all of the drivers on your system to external USB flash drive or DVD, etc. This helps back up all the drivers on the system, and if you need any of the drivers in the future, you could easily restore the drivers from the USB Flash Driver or CD/DVD.

How to Export Drivers Using PowerShell | How to Export Drivers Using PowerShell

It’s unnecessary to store them on an external drive, you could also create a backup on your hard disk and if necessary use this location to restore drivers. But it is advised to create a backup in the external location as if the system fails you have a way to recover drivers. So without wasting any time, let’s see How to Export Drivers Using PowerShell in Windows 10.

How to Export Drivers Using PowerShell

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

1. Type Powershell in Windows search then right-click on the PowerShell and select Run as administrator.

Search for Windows Powershell in the search bar and click on Run as Administrator

2. Now type the following in command and hit enter:

Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination G:\backup

Note: G:\backup is the destination directory where all the drivers would be backup if you want some other location or have another driver letter to type in the changes in the above command and then hit Enter.

Export Drivers Using PowerShell Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination | How to Export Drivers Using PowerShell

3. This command would let Powershell began exporting the drivers to the above location, which you specified and wait for the process to finish.

4. If you want to extract drivers from Windows source image then you need to run the following command in PowerShell and hit Enter:

Export-WindowsDriver -Path C:\Windows-image -Destination G:\backup

Note: Here C:\Windows-image is the Windows source image path, so make sure to replace this with your Windows image path.

Extract drivers from Windows source image Export-WindowsDriver -Path Windows-image -Destination backup


That’s it you have successfully learned How to Export Drivers Using PowerShell if you still have any questions regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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