We’ll learn how to Import or Export Device Drivers in Windows 11 in this post. If you need to migrate or replace an old PC with legacy devices, you may want to export the drivers for those devices and use them on the new PC.
The manufacturers of some critical devices you have installed on your machine may no longer support them. Once you have a working device with drivers installed, you can export the device drivers and use it on your new PC without having to reinstall the driver.
It’s also a good idea to keep a backup of your device drivers in case they become corrupted or you need to reinstall them. The steps below will show you how to use simple commands in Windows to Import or Export Device Drivers.
Many new features and a new user desktop are included in Windows 11, including a centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corner windows, themes, and colors that make any computer look and feel modern. Follow the steps below to begin exporting and importing your device drivers on Windows 11.
Export device drivers on Windows 11
Windows, as previously stated, allows users to export their device drivers using simple commands. Use the steps below to export drivers for devices that are installed on Windows.
To begin, run Command Prompt as an administrator. To do so, go to the Start menu and type in Command Prompt. As shown in the image below, right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
Run the commands below to export the drivers for all devices installed on Windows when the command prompt appears.
dism /online /export-driver /destination:"full_path_to_export_folder"
Replace full_path_to_export_folder with a folder you want to export to. Example: C:\Drivers\Export
If you’re exporting drivers to use on a different computer, save them to an external drive or flash drive, then import them to the new computer.
When you successfully export the device drivers, you should see a screen similar to the one below.
You can also export device drivers using the commands listed below.
pnputil /export-driver * "full_path_to_export_folder"
This will export all of your machine’s installed device drivers.
If you want to use PowerShell, look for it and run it as an administrator. To export all device drivers, open PowerShell and run the commands below.
Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination "full_path_to_export_folder"
How to import device drivers on Windows 11
After you’ve exported the drivers, use the commands below to import them. To import all drivers, open the Command Prompt as administrator once more, then run the commands below.
pnputil /add-driver "full_path_to_import_folder\*.inf" /subdirs /install /reboot
Following the import of the drivers, you should receive a message similar to the one below.
You can use Windows Device Manager to import only the drivers you need if you don’t want to import all of the drivers that were exported.