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 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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