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Windows 7: Load drivers outside of windows

13 Mar 2012   #1
pacaveli420

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Load drivers outside of windows

Does anyone know of a tool that will allow you to load drivers into a windows installation? while not actually booted from that installation? MSDaRT allows you to look at things...but doesn't give you an option to load new drivers

background: I have a PC that does not have proper chipset (no USB) / LAN drivers.
this means when windows loads I cannot use any USB devices and my NIC doesn't connect as it doesn't have a proper driver. so...basically I can't do anything.
MoBo does not have any PS/2 connections.


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14 Mar 2012   #2
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I would think that USB drivers would be pretty universal by now. Just about every motherboard on the planet uses one of a hand full of USB controllers and those drivers are included with Windows driver base. I'm sure you've probably done this but I'll ask anyway. Have you gone into the BIOS and verified that USB is enabled? May also want to check to see if USB Legacy support is enabled too? If you can't get into the BIOS with your USB keyboard I would reset the BIOS to defaults with the motherboard jumper.
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14 Mar 2012   #3
pacaveli420

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yeah it's not really a USB thing - that's why I suspect it's the chipset drivers that it really needs
KB and Mouse work just fine outside of BIOS or in Windows PE and such
but as soon as the PC is loaded into Win7 I get nothing from them (still power)
BIOS has USB enabled as well as legacy support for them
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14 Mar 2012   #4
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Have you tried booting in safe mode which should load only bare bones drivers? It may load different USB drivers that allow your KB to work well enough to load the normal chipset drivers after that...
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14 Mar 2012   #5
pacaveli420

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

of course - same thing in safe mode though =\
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14 Mar 2012   #6
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Have you tried copying the drivers to a folder on the same hard drive as your operating system from within Windows PE,
then point to the copied drivers when in Windows 7?
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14 Mar 2012   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Dism
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14 Mar 2012   #8
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

If the keyboard and mouse don't work in Windows there is no way to point windows to the drivers though. If you could log in though remote desktop maybe?

pacaveli420 is this after a fresh install? If it was working and then just stopped I think I would just reinstall Windows. Even if it is a fresh install I think I'd just start over and see if it happens again. Maybe its just a one time glitch. With no working keyboard or mouse your options are severely limited. Also what kind of hardware are we talking about here, is it new, old or really old?
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14 Mar 2012   #9
pacaveli420

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
Have you tried copying the drivers to a folder on the same hard drive as your operating system from within Windows PE,
then point to the copied drivers when in Windows 7?
I renamed the drivers folder and then copied the drivers folder from PE over yes
I did nothing further than that though. is 'pointing' done via registry? or where would I set that up?
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14 Mar 2012   #10
pacaveli420

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Dism
thanks, I'll look into this, I'm not 100% sure if it'll be able to do it, but I need to read up on it more
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