PnPUtil Command Syntax
To run PnPUtil, open a Command Prompt window (Run as Administrator) and type a command using the following syntax and parameters.
Note PnPUtil (PnPUtil.exe) is included in every version of Windows, starting with Windows Vista (in the %windir%\system32 directory).
pnputil [/add-driver <...> | /delete-driver <...> | /export-driver <...> | /enum-drivers | /?]
/add-driver <filename.inf | *.inf> [/subdirs] [/install] [/reboot]
Add driver package(s) into the driver store.
/subdirs - traverse sub directories for driver packages. /install - install/update drivers on any matching devices. /reboot - reboot system if needed to complete the operation.
/delete-driver <oem#.inf> [/uninstall] [/force] [/reboot]
Delete driver package from the driver store.
/uninstall - uninstall driver package from any devices using it. /force - delete driver package even when it is in use by devices. /reboot - reboot system if needed to complete the operation.
/export-driver <oem#.inf | *>
Export driver package(s) from the driver store into a target directory.
Enumerate all 3rd party driver packages in the driver store.
Displays the command-line syntax.
Legacy Command Mapping
The following commands are still supported, but are legacy. We recommend that you use the up-to-date syntax instead.
-a [-i] <filename.inf> ==> /add-driver <filename.inf> [/install] -d [-f] <oem#.inf> ==> /delete-driver <oem#.inf> [/force] -e ==> /enum-drivers
For examples of how to use the PnPUtil tool, see PnPUtil Examples.
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