Help my computer recover quickly
December 8, 2011 3:24 PM Subscribe
tl;dr how can I easily identify before and reinstall all of my drivers after nuking my Win7 laptop?
posted by bluejayway to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
I've got one of those nifty ASUS laptops that doesn't come with a recovery disc. They entrusted me to make a back-up image and store it on the recovery partition of the HDD. Fools! Now it's time to reformat and reinstall Win7, and I've got some questions...
There are various reasons for my wanting a fresh install. I won't get into them here as I have a specific question or two, but I'm willing to be dissuaded if there are good reasons for it.
I have a Windows 7 iso (with my original key) that I will be using in lieu of a restore image. This is fine, except it does not have all of the ASUS utilities (that I can probably do without) and all of my drivers. So my questions:
Is there an easier way to get all my hardware and driver information on a file for reference than going through my device manager and doing it manually?
Any other good tips for nuking your machine?