Any driver updating program that provides .exe's ?

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  1. case-sensitive

    case-sensitive MDL Expert

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  2. EXO56

    EXO56 MDL Member

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    That was just an example which obviously will not work for every inf file.
    In my first reply, i mentioned 'Command-line toolS', meaning, there are different tools to deal with different situations.
    In other words, there is no universal cmd tool to successfully install any driver.

    Try:
    pnputil /add-driver X:\inf-file-name.inf
    or legacy command : pnputil -i -a X:\inf-file-name.inf
     
  3. HHo2016

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    Just confirming: Did you check the driver is compatible with the version of Windows you are using e.g. Windows 7 64-bit or 32-bit?

    Example: For Windows 10 x64:

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  4. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Addicted

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    Running the first command gives me this

    Code:
    C:\temp>pnputil /add-driver netrtwlane.inf
    Microsoft PnP Utility
    Usage:
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    pnputil.exe [-f | -i] [ -? | -a | -d | -e ] <INF name>
    Examples:
    pnputil.exe -a a:\usbcam\USBCAM.INF      -> Add package specified by USBCAM.INF
    pnputil.exe -a c:\drivers\*.inf          -> Add all packages in c:\drivers\
    pnputil.exe -i -a a:\usbcam\USBCAM.INF   -> Add and install driver package
    pnputil.exe -e                           -> Enumerate all 3rd party packages
    pnputil.exe -d oem0.inf                  -> Delete package oem0.inf
    pnputil.exe -f -d oem0.inf               -> Force delete package oem0.inf
    pnputil.exe -?                           -> This usage screen
    Running the second command gives me this :

    Code:
    C:\temp>pnputil -i -a netrtwlane.inf
    Microsoft PnP Utility
    
    Processing inf :            netrtwlane.inf
    Failed to install the driver on any of the devices on the system : No more data is available.
    
    Total attempted:              1
    Number successfully imported: 0
     
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  5. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Addicted

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    I assure you it's fully compatible, I just successfully installed it through device manager. Though before trying the command line I didn't uninstalled it, shouldn't it overwrite and install it again over the one installed ?
     
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  6. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Addicted

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    I tried this command pnputil -a netrtwlane.inf

    Code:
    C:\temp>pnputil -a netrtwlane.inf
    Microsoft PnP Utility
    
    Processing inf :            netrtwlane.inf
    Driver package added successfully.
    Published name :            oem19.inf
    
    
    Total attempted:              1
    Number successfully imported: 1
    Now my question is what is the difference between importing and installing as defined in the pnputil ? This command seems to successfully imported the driver, is it also installed ? if it's so what -i switch is for ?
     
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  7. HHo2016

    HHo2016 MDL Member

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    The -i switch is needed to actually install the driver; -a only imports it.
     
  8. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Addicted

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    Ah! So to get the job done I'm gonna have to employ both -i and -a switches. Thank you for the explanation and the help HHo.
     
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  9. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Addicted

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    I have found two programs, Driver Talent and DriverFix which in most cases provides the .exe's better to stick with these than those who just provides extracted files. These two programs are worth the money they are asking for. Driver Talent has some major bugs, I've contacted their support and yet to hear from them.
     
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