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Auto install drivers without Internet connection – DriverPack Solution

In this article learn how to auto install drivers without Internet connection by using DriverPack Solution software, based on a real life example and a possible scenario for your computer.

Offline driver installation is a great choice and advantage if you:

  • have just installed your Windows operating system, and you don’t want to waste your time on identification of your computer’s hardware, downloading and installing every missing driver separately,
  • have reinstalled your Windows operating system, but you didn’t back up drivers and basic applications from the previous Windows installation,
  • have a computer that has no connection to the Internet, or that have no Ethernet drivers installed (and therefore no Internet connection),
  • created a backup image of one computer and restored that image to another computer (universal restore or bare metal restore),
  • have any other problems regarding driver installation –> try DriverPack Solution.

DriverPack Solution: homepage & download – http://drp.su/

I always carry DriverPack Solution on my 16 GB capacity USB flash disk (it is recommended to format your thumb drive to NTFS file system). Obtain DriverPack Solution and copy it to your thumb drive (or other medium such as DVD DL or Blu-Ray disc).

And my story goes as follows: I got a computer that has operating system restored from the backup image of another computer (that has a different hardware, as well), but without universal restore technique used. Surprisingly, the operating system managed to boot without BSOD, and in this scenario driver issues are to be expected:

1Missing-Drivers-in-device-manager

Note: find more about Device Manager and drivers’ state in this article regarding hardware identification. If you look at the picture you should see somewhat difficult situation: besides others, I am missing drivers for my Ethernet controller and USB controller. That means that I can’t use my USB flash drive to install missing drivers with DriverPack Solution and I have no Internet access to download drivers from the Internet.

How to deal with this situation? Well, somehow we need to copy DriverPack Solution from the USB flash drive (in my case) onto the hard disk or SSD on the computer. Therefore, I decided to boot Linux Xubuntu Live CD (any other Live or Rescue CD will do the job) and copy DriverPack Solution files to the D: partition (105 GB volume, from the picture below):
2Open-Stick-with-DriverPack-Solution-in-Xubuntu-Linux

Boot your Windows once again and open D: partition (or a location where you copied DriverPack Solution):
3DriverPack-Solution-is-copied-on-partiton-D

Of course, if you want to avoid copying by using a Live CD, burn this driver pack to a Dual Layer DVD or Blu-Ray disc on another computer and copy it back from the disc to your hard disk.

Regardless of the method you use, the easy part of this real time example is running DriverPackSolution:

4DriverPack-Solution-Missing-Drivers-Found

It may take a while to scan a computer for the missing drivers and old drivers that are already installed and in use. I usually tick the Expert mode, to see the detailed report of the missing drivers; tick Settings, and activate the Expert mode:

5DriverPack-Solution-Expert-Mode

Select all the drivers you want to install and click on Install drivers:

6DriverPack-Solution-Auto-Install-Drivers-offline

Note: besides drivers, DriverPack Solution contains a set of common applications that you can install additionally, but I usually don’t use this feature.

After a while, you should see that there are no missing drivers:

7DriverPack-Solution-install-drivers-without-internet-connection

All drivers are installed and the drivers’ state is now fine. I inserted my thumb drive to check if it will work correctly, and immediately afterwards Auto Play opened (see the picture above). OK, USB drivers are fixed and additionally you can fire up the Device Manager, to double check if there are any question marks displayed:

8Computer-state-after-DriverPack-Solution

That’s it, the computer is ready for the regular use (when it comes to drivers, at least) 🙂

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Auto install drivers without Internet connection - DriverPack Solution
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In this article learn how to auto install drivers without Internet connection by using DriverPack Solution software, based on a real life example and a possible scenario for your computer.
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