Exporting Windows Driver Store Information into Excel

To obtain detailed information about a particular driver that is prestaged within the Windows 7 driver store, you can run the following command. Dism /online /get-driverinfo /driver: <path to driver inf file> Now there is quite a lot of interesting information in here, imagine you are working on a Windows 7 project and you want to know if a particular device is supported by the Windows 7 build in drivers. Of course you can do Read More …

Windows 7 Device Installation Without Administrative Rights

This year I have had the opportunity to speak with many customers about Windows 7. One topic that came up in almost every discussion was about how mobile users can install their local devices without having to grant them local administrator rights. With previous versions of Windows (NT 4, Windows 2000 and XP) many companies ended up in granting their mobile users local administrator or power user rights, just because they needed to have the Read More …

ToolTip: DriverStore Explorer

In my previous blog post Inside the Windows 7 Driver Store I explained how to retrieve information about the Windows in-box drivers. Beside the in-box drivers the driver store also hosts the drivers installed via Windows Update or the native OEM provided driver installation package. The Driver Store Explorer utility provides a GUI interface for the Windows Driver Store. So instead of using pnputil (read Vijay‚Äôs post for details) or dism, the Driver Store Explorer Read More …