Adding device drivers offline to Windows PE

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 17 Dec. 2008 / Last Updated on 29 Sept. 2008]

You can add device drivers to an offline Windows PE build environment by using the peimg command.

While Windows PE comes with a basic set of device drivers, you may need to add additional drivers to your Windows PE build environment to support certain types of hardware. You can add device drivers to your offline Windows PE build environment by using the Peimg command as follows:

Peimg /inf=path c:\winpe_x86\base

Here path is the path to where your device driver (.inf files) are located.

Alternatively, you can add drivers when running Windows PE by using the Drvload command as described in my other tip titled "Adding device drivers online to Windows PE".

For more information on deploying Vista, see my series of articles titled Deploying Vista on WindowsNetworking.com, and see also Part 2: Deployment in the Windows Vista Resource Kit, Second Edition from Microsoft Press.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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