Install Windows Drivers from a Folder Using PowerShell

When building any computer, virtual or physical, it requires drivers. This script will allow you to place a folder of .inf (and associated) files onto a computer and then install all relevant drivers. This script is tested as working on Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 Core.

How does it work?

The script is very simple:

  1. Get-ChildItem retrieves any files with a .inf extension in the C:\mydrivers\ directory and its subfolders
  2. ForEach-Object loops over these and performs the commands in the script block { } against them
  3. PNPUtil.exe is a CLI utility for management of the Windows driver store. The /add-driver argument adds the specified driver to the driver store. /install installs the driver, resolving any missing driver issues for any attached hardware the driver suits
Written on September 20, 2017