Load drivers after booting into XPE... is it possible?

By whatisG
Aug 5, 2011
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  1. I'm trying to find out if it's possible to load drivers after booting up a computer with a XPE cd. Please help.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    Here's a blog discussing XPE boot CD

    Upon first reading, I took this to be a Network PXE boot, where the image is located on some server on the same subnet located via port 67.

    In either case, adding drivers after the boot is possible *IF*
    • the device containing the BOOT image can be supported without a driver update
    • and the BIOS supports booting from that device (ie: some do not support booting from a USB connection)

    For example, an Ethernet driver can be update and then used *IF* that interface is first disabled, updated and then subsequently enabled.

    However, devices for which there are timing issues with an update include
    Keyboard, Video, and Mouse as these are tested by the BIOS and immediately
    are referenced, thus not able to see or use any updated drivers.

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