Extracting Drivers From Windows XP Disk

Posted on 2005-04-18
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
We all know the frustration of trying to locate hardware drivers.
Here's my idea (and question) -
Scenario :  I've a handful of old desktops that need re-loading with Win98SE. Someone in their wisdom decided to re-format the hard drives so there's no info about hardware. Therefore, I loaded a copy of Windows XP which immediately installed all correct drivers for these ageing machines. Then went into device manager to record all driver hardware info and then went looking on the internet. suddenly occurred to me that it might be possible to extract the drivers straight off the WinXP disk. How would you do this and would the drivers work in Win98?
Question by:jondoug
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    No, this would not work - drivers are specific for their OS.  However, if you can locate the manufacturer's website, they frequently will provide the driver for different OS'es.  Everest can be of assistance doing this - run it in WinXP:
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    Callandor is correct on drivers being OS-specific and on locating drivers on manufacturer websites.   Your initial procedure - "loaded a copy of Windows XP which immediately installed all correct drivers for these aging machines. Then went into device manager to record all driver hardware info and then went looking on the internet" - is a good way to do identify the drivers, especially if these are machines of vintage 1998-2000 that can run 98 thru XP.  If these are branded PCs, e.g. Compaq Deskpro ---, Dell Optiplex ---, etc., you could also go straight to the PC manufacturer website, do a lookup by machine type, then download for Windows 98:

    chipset/motherboard drivers,
    video/graphics card,
    network card,
    modem (if applicable),
    audio chipset/sound card.
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    u can't use xp drivers on 98

    tell us which driver u need, or scoot to to get what u want,

    try this instead. gives new life to old pcs

    its a low end linux installation for basic computing, like web, im, email, word etc.

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