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How do I backup my drivers?

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Easy Driver Pro gives you the ability to easily create a backup of your device drivers. You can select to backup all drivers, a selection of drivers or just an individual driver.
Having an emergency backup containing all of your device drivers can save you hours if ever have to reinstall your operating system. We recommend creating regular driver backups.

Creating a Driver Backup

Click the Backup tab to go to the Driver Backup and Restore menu.
Click the "Create Backup" button.

Step 1 - Selecting drivers for backup
Easy Driver Pro searches for all drivers installed on your system and displays a list of drivers sorted by category.
To view details about any of the drivers, click on the driver's name. Information about the selected driver will be displayed on the bottom of the screen.
1. Check the box next to any driver you wish to include in your backup. If you wish to select all the drivers at once use the "Check All" link. The more drivers you include in the backup the longer the backup process will take and the more disk space it will require.
2. Once you have selected all the drivers you want to backup click Next.

Step 2 - Selecting a name, location and format for your backup
1. Enter a name for your backup file
2. Select a location where you would like the backup file stored. Use the browse button for help selecting a location. IMPORTANT! Do not save the backup files in the same partition where Microsoft Windows is installed. All data in that partition will be lost during the Windows installation process.
3. The default format saves your backup drivers as files. Click on the down arrow if you wish to change the backup format to a ZIP file. We recommend using the zip file format if you are backing up a large number of drivers at one time. For more information on which format to choose see Backup Type (below).
4. Click "Create Backup."

Step 3 - Backup in progress
It could take several minutes for the backup to be created depending on the number of drivers selected.
The status bar shows the progress of the backup. A timer on the right of the screen tells you how long the backup has been running and how many files have been copied.
To stop the backup process at any time click "Cancel."

Backup complete
Once the backup is complete a window will pop-up confirming the name, location and format of the backup.

Backup Type
Default - Backs up the drivers to a specified folder
Zip - Backs up the drivers to a ZIP compressed file

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How do I change my settings?

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Click on the Settings tab to access the Settings Menu where you can customize the program settings and setup automatic scans. When you change or update any settings on this menu be sure to press "apply" to save changes before leaving.

General Settings

Select a folder for backup/restore drivers - the default folder will be displayed. To select a new location either click in the box and enter a folder name and location or use the "..." button to select a new folder.

Save downloaded drivers to this folder - the default folder will be displayed. To select a new location either click in the box and enter a folder name and location or use the "..." button to select a new folder.

Show alert messages when restoring data - when necessary Easy Driver Pro displays a warning message before starting the driver restoration process in order to avoid incorrect operations.

Show reboot message after restoring drivers - a message prompting you to reboot after the restoration is complete.

On exiting send Easy Driver Pro to the system tray - Minimizes the program to the system tray. To restore the program, click the program icon in the system tray.

Internet Settings

From the Settings Menu click "Internet."

Enable proxy settings - checking the box will connect you to the internet using whatever proxy server you select. You will need to enter the address, port, login and password for the proxy server you wish to use.

Maximum number of simultaneous driver downloads - the default is set to 3, to change this click the down arrow and you can select a number between 1 and 5. Easy Driver Pro recommends 3 drivers as the optimal number to download at one time.

Schedule Automatic Scan

Keep your drivers up to date by setting up an automatic scan which will check your system for driver updates on regular basis.

From the Settings menu, click "Schedule." Choose between the following options:

Run scan at startup - automatically runs a driver scan every time you start the program.

Select time & frequency - a driver scan will run at whatever time and frequency you select.

Idle mode - a driver scan will run when your computer is not in use at whatever time frame you select.

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How do I download new drivers?

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Downloading drivers

Downloading drivers with Easy Driver Pro has never been easier. Downloaded drivers are automatically saved in your driver download directory which may be changed on the Settings tab. All downloaded drivers are accessible on the Downloads tab.

PC Easy Driver Pro always recommends viewing the ReadMe before installing any driver for specific installation instructions or known issues. Readme can usually be found in the compressed driver installation file or driver installation directory.

NOTE: Installing an alternative driver for a device may result in the device still showing as out of date on a subsequent scan.

Download a recommended driver

  1. Click "Scan" to run a driver scan.
  2. Mark a check next to each driver you want to download. Select "Check All" to download all of the drivers.
  3. Click "Fix Now" to begin the driver download.
  4. Confirm the download by clicking "Yes."
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How do I install downloaded drivers?

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Once the drivers have finished downloading, you will see the Drivers History menu. On the Drivers History menu, select the drivers you wish to install and click Install.

Before installing the new driver, Easy Driver Pro prompts you to create a system restore point. We recommend always creating a system restore point before making any major changes to your comuter. Select "Yes" to create a system restore point or select "No" to close this window and proceed with installing the new drivers.

Most drivers have an installation program which starts automatically and you follow the manufacturers prompts to install the new driver. The installation can take several minutes depending on the type of driver being installed. Some devices require you to restart your computer after a new driver is installed. Certain drivers to not have an installation program and may need to be manually installed.

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How do I register Easy Driver Pro?

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Registering Easy Driver Pro:

1. Go to the About tab and click on the "Register Easy Driver Pro" link.
2. If you do not have your license key, click Register Now to go to the Web page to get a license key.
3. Once you have the license key, enter your name (or company name) and then the license key and click the Activate Now button.

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How do I report a problem?

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We are constantly updating our driver database to ensure that we only offer the best available drivers. Should you experience any problems with a driver please let us know so that we can remove problem drivers and search for better solutions.

  1. To report a bad driver click on the About tab. Click on the Support link to go to our Support Center.
  2. Click on "Open a New Ticket" to let us know about the problem. Please give us as much information as possible.

We really appreciate your taking the time to submit feedback as it helps us create stronger products.

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How do I restore my drivers?

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Easy Driver Pro makes it easy to restore either individual drivers or multiple drivers from backups. We recommend you close all applications before restoring to avoid any conflicts.
Click the Backup tab to go to the driver backup and restore menu.
Under Actions on the driver backup and restore menu click Restore drivers from backup. Easy Driver Pro searches for all driver backups on your system.

Step 1 - Select the backup file
A list of all the driver backup files on your system is displayed.
Select the driver backup file you wish to restore and click Next.

Step 2 - Select the drivers you wish to restore
A list of all the drivers in the backup file is displayed. The list is broken down into categories. Use the "+" signs to expand categories. Checking a box by a category title automatically selects the entire contents of that category.
For additional information about any driver just click on the driver's name and more information will be displayed.
Once you have selected the drivers you wish to restore click Next.

Step 3 - Restoring Drivers in process
It could take several minutes to restore depending on the number of drivers selected.
The status bar shows the progress of the restore. A timer on the right of the screen tells you how long the restore has been running and how many drivers have been restored.
To stop the restoration process at any time click the Cancel button.

Drivers successfully restored
Once all the drivers have been successfully restored a pop-up window will appear confirming the names and the number of drivers restored.
You will be prompted to restart your computer after restoration is complete. All restored drivers will work correctly after system reboot.

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How do I start or stop a scan?

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Starting a scan
From the main menu select the Start Scan button. Easy Driver Pro will scan your computer and any associated hardware devices for out of date drivers.

Stopping a scan
To cancel a scan while the scan is in process, select the Cancel button in the bottom right of the scanning screen.

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How do I view the readme file for a driver?

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PC Easy Driver Pro always recommends viewing the ReadMe before installing any driver for specific installation instructions or known issues. Readme can usually be found in the compressed driver installation file or driver installation directory. Not every manufacturer includes a readme file with the download.

Viewing the readme File

  1. Navigate to the folder you've selected to store new downloaded drivers. You can find this information under the Settings tab.
  2. Open the folder for the driver you are looking for.
  3. Search for the "readme" or "readme.txt" file in the folder.
  4. Double-click to open the file.
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How to get additional support?

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You can easily get support for Easy Driver Pro by clicking the "About" tab and using the Support link. Registered users may ask questions about a specific device.

To ensure a speedy resolution, please provide us with as much information as possible about the issue you are experiencing.

All questions will be answered within 24 hours; many times questions will be answered sooner.

Find Support

  1. Open Easy Driver Pro. (Click Start, click Programs, Probit Software, Easy Driver Pro and then click Easy Driver Pro.)
  2. Click the "About" tab.
  3. Click link to navigate to our support site.
  4. Read through the FAQs to find a solution or click "Open a Ticket" to ask a question.

Ask a question (Device specific)

  1. Open Easy Driver Pro. (Click Start, click Programs, Probit Software, Easy Driver Pro and then click Easy Driver Pro.)
  2. Click the "About" tab.
  3. Click link to navigate to our support site.
  4. Click "Open a Ticket" to ask a question.
  5. Include as much specific information pertaining to your situation and the driver in question, including manufacturer, version, etc. (This information can be found by selecting a driver on the Downloads or Scan tabs).
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