How to Install Windows Drivers with Software Applications
Updated: August 1, 2006
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Microsoft Windows Vista provides enhanced support for both software-first and hardware-first installations of driver packages that have accompanying software applications. These enhancements, along with changes in the requirements for the Windows Vista Logo Program for Hardware, enable hardware vendors to support both software-first and hardware-first installations more easily.
The Windows Vista logo program requirements allow device co-installers to invoke other programs to install applications. Vendors can use this technique to dramatically improve hardware-first installation scenarios.
Windows Vista implements new features that further improve the user's experience:
This paper describes methods that vendors can use to implement driver installation packages that support both software-first and hardware-first installation of driver packages. These methods work together with the driver store, which is a special storage location on a user's computer where Plug and Play saves drivers that have yet to be installed. The driver store improves security, driver versioning, and corporate deployment of drivers on the Windows Vista operating system.
This information applies for the following operating systems:
References and resources discussed here are listed at the end of this paper.
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