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 Read More …

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 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 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 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 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 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 Read More …