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How do i format my computer without losing the drivers?

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    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    can't be done... when you format a computer you are basically erasing the drive of all the data on it. your best bet would be to download all the drivers you need before you format... put them on a usb stick.... after you format and reinstall xp... plug in the usb stick and reinstall your drivers.

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Backup ur drivers wit windows driver backup.....so easy.

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Try this type of application to backup all the drivers in your existing Windows to a USB drive. (Portable version is best for this type of operations)
Portable Driver Genius

Beware that drivers backed up may have a missing character in the front of the folder name.
The best way is download the latest drivers version from your PC vendor or the motherboard's manufacturer before formatting your XP.

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