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WinPE: Add drivers

Add drivers to Windows PE, such as graphics drivers or network drivers.

Device drivers typically include a folder that contains multiple files. These folders include a file that has the .inf file name extension. This file manages the other files in the device driver package. Many boot-critical drivers can be used in both the Windows image and in Windows PE.

You can also update device drivers while you're running Windows PE. For more information, see Drvload Command-Line Options.

  • Click Start, and type deployment. Right-click Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment and then select Run as administrator.

  • In the Deployment Tools and Imaging Environment, copy the Windows PE files for the PCs you want to boot.

    • The 64-bit version can boot 64-bit UEFI and 64-bit BIOS PCs.

      copype amd64 C:\WinPE_amd64
    • The 32-bit version can boot 32-bit UEFI, 32-bit BIOS, and 64-bit BIOS PCs.

      copype x86 C:\WinPE_x86

  • Mount the Windows PE image.

    Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:"C:\WinPE_amd64\media\sources\boot.wim" /index:1 /MountDir:"C:\WinPE_amd64\mount"

  1. Add the device driver to the Windows PE image.

    Dism /Add-Driver /Image:"C:\WinPE_amd64\mount" /Driver:"C:\SampleDriver\driver.inf"
    Although you can add multiple drivers to an image by using one command, it is often easier to troubleshoot problems by adding each driver package individually.

  2. Verify that the driver packages are part of the image:

    Dism /Get-Drivers /Image:"C:\WinPE_amd64\mount"

    Review the resulting list of drivers and verify that the list contains the driver package that you added.

  1. Unmount the Windows PE image.

    Dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:"C:\WinPE_amd64\mount" /commit
  2. Create bootable media, such as a USB flash drive.

    MakeWinPEMedia /UFD C:\WinPE_amd64 F:
  3. Boot the media. Windows PE starts automatically. After the Windows PE window appears, the wpeinit command runs automatically. This may take a few minutes. Verify your customizations.

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