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Update or Change a Device Driver

Updated: August 31, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

This topic provides a procedure that you can use to update or change the device driver used for a device.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

You can use the following methods to update or change a device driver:

  1. Open Device Manager.

  2. Double-click the type of device you want to update or change.

  3. Right-click the device you want, and then click Update Driver.

  4. Follow the instructions in the Update Driver Software wizard.

  1. Open a command prompt with the Run as administrator option.

  2. At the command prompt, type the following, and then press ENTER:

    Pnputil -i -a drivername.inf

 

Value Description

-i

Specifies that the device driver is to be installed.

-a

Specifies that the device driver is to be staged in the driver store.

drivername.inf

Specifies the path and file name of the .inf file associated with the driver package.

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  • When you are upgrading a driver or installing new hardware, your computer will automatically attempt to check folders specified in the DevicePath registry entry and the Windows Update Web site for an appropriate device driver.

  • By default, membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to install a device whose driver package is not already in the driver store. A standard user can successfully install a driver package only if the following conditions are met:

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