install driver via command line cmd: inf


Windows drivers can of course also be managed via the command line. Microsoft offers two different tools for this purpose: The PnPUtil integrated in Windows and as part of the Windows Driver Kit (WDK) the command: devcon.


PNPUtil is located by default in the folder c:\windows\system32 and therefore does not need to be downloaded or installed separately.

Install driver

pnputil -i -a driver.inf


devcon is part of the Windows Driver Kit (WDK).

WDK Download:

Search devices

all devices:

devcon find *

all IDE devices:

devcon find IDE*

certain PCI devices (an asterisk * can be used as a wildcard:

devcon find PCI\*EN_8086*_24*

Uninstall devices

devcon remove PCI\*EN_8086*_24*

switch off / deactivate devices

devcon disable PCI\*EN_8086*_24*

enable / activate devices

devcon enable PCI\*EN_8086*_24*

install devices

devcon install Pfad_zur_inf_Datei DeviceID

as DeviceID belongs the DeviceID from the .inf file (can be read out there)

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