Posted on 2012-08-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-22

I am using pnputil.exe to install driver in windows 7 -32 bit, but can not find a version of pnputil for windows XP and idea where can I find the compatible version for Win Xp.
If I use the same pnputil.exe in windows 7 -32 bit for WINXP it says is not valid application.

Thank you for your help
Question by:NetRock6
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    by:Adam Leinss
    It appears that PNPUtil.exe is used to add drivers to the DriverStore which only exists for Vista and Windows 7, so I don't believe there is a PNPUtil.exe for WinXP.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the quick reply.
    That's what i thought but is there any other utility except DEVCON i can use.


    Accepted Solution

    I found this
    CMD.exe /C rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 4 [inf file]
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    Expert Comment

    by:Adam Leinss
    I'm not aware of any specifically myself, but if you check the unattended XP forum on (, they might have some 3rd party utilities that will do driver installs.
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Vadim Rapp
    Before pnputil, there was dpinst. See for more information.

    Author Closing Comment

    do not need to use extra tools (dpinst) with switches for it. My comment is simpler way to install.

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