Preload Drivers Windows 7

Hi ....
I need to preload drivers in Windows 7, while the hardware is not installed (the devices are absent). So that, once the hardware is installed windows could find the drivers. What is the best way to do this.
Thanks.



single PC or network?

You can slipstream drivers to a OS install disc for a single PC

Read: techpowerup.com

Link:http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/slipstream-drivers-into-windows-7.120729/

If a network PC

Read: "Preloading Driver Packages"

Link:https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff549748%28v=vs.85%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396



single PC or network?

You can slipstream drivers to a OS install disc for a single PC

Read: techpowerup.com

Link:http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/slipstream-drivers-into-windows-7.120729/

If a network PC

Read: "Preloading Driver Packages"

Link:https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff549748%28v=vs.85%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396



It is only for a single PC, Windows 7 is already installed. I do not want to install fresh Windows 7 OS , create an image or modify a *. WIM.
Just want to add Drivers to a already Windows 7 OS installed on a PC.
Is there a directory that i can copy the drivers into, so that when the hardware is installed, Windows OS can find the drivers to install.

Thanks.



I'm not completely sure of the objective conditions here. But I'll take a stab at it:
I would use something like Driver Magician to back up all the drivers on a known system.
Then you can put them in a folder or restore them or .....

Also see: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_27532542.html



"I need to preload drivers in Windows 7, while the hardware is not installed...So that, once the hardware is installed windows could find the drivers."

Connect to the internet and go to the hardware manufactures website and download and install the drivers.

Note that almost all newly installed hardware will be seen by win. 7 and genetic drivers will be installed automatically.
You can then update the drivers from the hardware manufactures website.
Also some hardware come with a driver install disc.



RE: "is there a directory?"
I believe that any directory will do as you can point to it.
And, if you use Driver Magician or similar program, it will "restore" the drivers it's backed up.

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