How to export third-party driver packages using PowerShell

Windows 8.1 Update introduces a new cmdlet that allows you to export third-party drivers that are located within the driver store of a Windows client.

The result, all drivers exported into the provided destination directory Now we have a whole bunch of folders, but what drivers did we actually export?

For more information read the What’s new in DISM article here

Windows 8 – Script for customizing WinPE 4.0 – Part 1

Today I want to share with you a small script I’ve put together for customizing WinPE 4.0 that will ship with Windows 8. I’ve rewritten the script based on some existing script code we already use today, but wanted by purpose a small independent script that I can hook in between the standard scripts provided within the ADK sources, mainly for familiarizing myself with anything new within WinPE 4.0. When you install the Windows Assessment Read More …

Managing Windows 8 Metro Style Apps with DISM

As mentioned in my earlier post Windows 8 – What’s new in the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM) the DISM tool now also contains commands for managing metro style applications. When running dism.exe /online /? we find the following APPX servicing commands. /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage – Removes AppX packages from the image. AppX packages will not be installed when new user accounts are created. /Add-ProvisionedAppxPackage – Adds AppX packages to the image and sets them Read More …

Windows 8 – What’s new in the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM)

On my journey discovering the new features within Windows 8 I’ve come across a bunch of new options within the Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool aka DISM. When running launching the DISM command we get an overview of all the commands and options. The blue coloured commands and options below are the new ones added compared to Windows 7. At first we see a whole new command group being added called “Generic Imaging Commands. Read More …

Removing Backup Files Created during Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Installation

For the Windows Vista Service Packs there was vsp1cln.exe (SP1) and compcln.exe (SP2) to cleanup the backup files created during the Service Pack installation. For Windows 7 Microsoft did not provide a separate cleanup tool, but instead leverages the windows-build-in DISM tool. To remove the backup files created during the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installation run the following command from an elevated command prompt. dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded After successful completion you should get Read More …

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 …

Inside the Windows 7 Driver Store–Part 2

Since I wrote my previous post Inside the Windows 7 Driver Store, I continued exploring the content of the Driver Store. The results are as following: Classes & Unique Hardware IDs Windows 7 Enterprise 32 Bit Windows 7 Enterprise 64 Bit Class Description Hardware Ids Class Description Hardware Ids 61883 Device Class 4 61883 Device Class 4 AVC Devices 15 AVC Devices 15 Batteries 11 Batteries 11 Bluetooth Radios 69 Bluetooth Radios 69 Computer 2 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 …

Deploying Windows 7 RSAT (external)

Just found this post on Trevor Sullivan’s Tech Room blog which explains how to automate the Windows 7 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installation. Read the entire article here