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    Re: Silent Print Driver Install

    Quote Originally Posted by rthonpm View Post
    Try this:

    Install the driver on a single computer, then from an elevated command prompt run: pnputil -e, which will list all of the third-party drivers on the computer. Look for the Sharp driver and the Published name Windows gives it (it will be something like oem1).

    Then change the directory to something like C:\temp and run pnputil /export-driver oem1.inf . (You need the . after the command to tell it to export the driver into the directory).

    Copy the contents of the folder to somewhere your script can pull it, and then in your script to install, run pnputil /add-driver (location of file)\drivername.inf

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    Re: Silent Print Driver Install

    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCarpenter View Post
    Where did you learn this stuff? Just curious.
    Lot of it comes from managing servers, and moving as many of the Windows installs to Server Core as possible. Before Windows Admin Center was released, it was tough installing drivers that didn't come with a traditional installer into a Server Core instance. Finding the pnputil command gave me a way to install some of those inf file only drivers that would support Server Core installs. It also comes in handy on workstations when you need to remove a driver and make sure it's permanently gone, or make a backup of a custom driver provided by a vendor.


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    Re: Silent Print Driver Install

    This may end up being an even better solution than pnpuitl: Deploying Printers and Print Drivers Remotely - Microsoft Tech Community

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