Adding device drivers online to Windows PE

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 8 Jan. 2009 / Last Updated on 29 Sept. 2008]

You can add device drivers to dynamically when running Windows PE by using the drvload command.

If you discover when running Windows PE that you need additional drivers, you can add them using the Drvload command as follows:

Drvload.exe path1[,path2…]

Here pathn is the path to each driver (.inf) file separated by commas. Alternatively, you can add drivers ahead of time to your Windows PE build by using the Peimg command as described in my other tip titled "Adding device drivers offline to Windows PE".

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

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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