Driver installation and updating made easy: DPInst.exe
Installing or updating drivers on a system does always take a long time since you need to run many different driver installers to get all the devices in a system running. How about just running one installer and all your drivers are installed afterwards? A dream? Stop dreaming and do it right now with the Driver Package Installer (DPinst).
The details are here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms791049.aspx
DPInst is part of the Windows Driver Kit (WDK). More details here: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/WDK/default.mspx
So, how can you use this tool?
Download the WDK in order to get the latest version of DPInst (can be found under the “DIFx” tools)
Create a new directory e.g. “c:\drivers” and copy DPInst.exe to that directory
Note: There is a different version for x86 and x64
Create a dpinst.xml file to control DPinst.
All possible settings can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms791067.aspx
An example can look like this:
<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<!-- The following search and subDirectory elements direct
DPInst to search all subdirectories (under the DPInst working directory) to locate driver
<!-- The following language element localizes its child elements
for the English (Standard) language. The child elements
customize the text that appears on the DPInst wizard pages. -->
<dpinstTitle>Device Driver Updater</dpinstTitle>
<welcomeTitle>Welcome to the Device Installer!</welcomeTitle>
<welcomeIntro>This wizard will walk you through updating the drivers for your device.</welcomeIntro>
<installHeaderTitle>Installing the software for your device...</installHeaderTitle>
<finishTitle>Congratulations! You finished installing your device drivers.</finishTitle>
Copy the complete directory to an external storage drive or network location and execute DPInst.exe to install / update the drivers
on that machine. This dialogue will be displayed and pressing “Next” will start the installation…
Done. :-) This will save a lot of your time.
I created a sample package that contains all necessary files for x86 and x64. You can get it here:
This sample also contains a script “installdrvs.cmd” which shows you how to use DPInst in silent mode.
Using DPInst in silent mode as part of your Windows XP or Windows Vista installation does work very well and is faster than using
a “Driver Path” in an unattend file as it will only install the drivers that match your hardware and not all drivers present in the driver directory.
So one example would be to add a driver folder containing DPinst,the dpinst.xml file and all drivers to the $OEM$\$1\ folder
(This will be on the C:\ driver after the installation) and then call installdrvs.cmd as “RunSynchronousCommand” during “Audit User” phase of
the Windows Vista setup. Looks like this in System Image Manager: