Installing Devices and their Drivers

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Devices communicate with Windows by using software components called drivers. For a description of the device installation process, and how Windows selects a device driver for a newly install device, see the Device Management and Installation Overview in the Technical Reference.

Task requirements

The following is required to perform the procedures for this task:

  • You might have to restart the computer to complete this task.

  • Device Manager. Device Manager is included with the Windows operating system.

  • PnPUtil.exe. The PnPUtil command-line tool is included with the Windows operating system.

To complete this task, you can perform the following procedures: