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 …

Windows 7 – Driverstore size

When it comes to OS deployment the size of the image to some extend does matter. Windows by default comes with a large set of plug and play device drivers that are included within the operating system installation sources. Prestaged drivers in Windows Vista and Windows 7 are located under C:\Windows\system32\Driverstore. If you run the following command against your mounted Windows 7 image file, you get a list of all PnPdrivers included within the Driverstore. Read More …