Traktor Windows Download Driver Installation

adEY08394
adEY08394 Member Posts: 49 Member

When Traktor HW is connected for the first time; Windows installs the following drivers (using the Z1 as an example):

What are all these drivers for?

Why do they not show in Windows Programs and Features?

Why are Traktor specific drivers being downloaded from Microsoft?

Where is there location on Windows?

What folder do I need to backup so I can restore the drivers without downloading them from Microsoft again?

Is there an installer I can use to install all the drivers without having to download them from Microsoft?

My main concern is if the driver download feature from Microsoft one day becomes unavailable and stops working.

Answers

  • Uwe303
    Uwe303 Moderator Posts: 3,035 mod

    Hello,

    I don't know all of them in detail, but HID is for controls, DFU is for the display, and there are also audio drivers. Microsoft is doing it for security and convenience reasons as far as I know. Normally you can additionally download the drivers from natives website. And there are also driver backup solutions out there like "driver backup 2" https://www.native-instruments.com/en/support/downloads/drivers-other-files/

  • adEY08394
    adEY08394 Member Posts: 49 Member
    edited March 2023

    But how did Microsoft get the NI drivers in the first place?

    Where is the download page for the above drivers on natives website that you mentioned? I can only see the regular drivers on the link you provided.

    Do you know if "driver backup 2" backs up all the various individual drivers pictured above, or would they need to be downloaded again after restoring the standard driver and connecting the HW for the first time?

  • lord-carlos
    lord-carlos Member Posts: 2,321 Expert

    But how did Microsoft get the NI drivers in the first place?

    It's quite normal now days for windows to have all kinds of drivers. The days of having to download every single driver by different websites are (almost) gone. Even bios and other firmware can be done through windows updates.

    I think most drivers are somewhere in system32. I think you can go to the devicer manager -> right click the device -> driver details and you get a bunch of files.

  • Uwe303
    Uwe303 Moderator Posts: 3,035 mod
    edited March 2023

    I don't know how this all works with microsoft, if they work with manufacturers or they just download the drivers but they test them and provide the drivers after the test via update

    On driver backup 2 you get a list of all devices you see in device manager and it backs the drivers up after setting so, you don't need to download them again - other driver backup software works mostly the same, some even have a view like device manager.

    And all the drivers are in that one package you download on natives website. There are no single downloads for every entry in the device manager if it is one hardware device.

  • adEY08394
    adEY08394 Member Posts: 49 Member

    "On driver backup 2 you get a list of all devices you see in device manager and it backs the drivers up after setting so, you don't need to download them again"

    Are you saying that it backs up all the drivers above in the picture, so they won't need to be downloaded from microsoft again?


    "And all the drivers are in that one package you download on natives website."

    What do you mean? The above drivers had to be downloaded from microsoft and weren't part of the package that was downloaded on natives website.

  • Uwe303
    Uwe303 Moderator Posts: 3,035 mod

    First question - correct, you select the drivers you want to backup and they will be and you don't have to download them again

    Second question - no, the drivers are part of the package that you can download from natives website

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