Working on certifying drivers for some older model HPs in the shop. My options are:
1. Use Mikael Nystrom’s PowerShell is King – Export drivers from Windows good stuff if you have a box already configured how you want and it’s not Windows 7
Good Windows 7 Options:
2. If you get stuck installing a driver as an application, check in Program Files/Program Files (x86) for the unpacked files to see if an .inf was dropped there. Be careful pulling the .inf file as some of the softpaqs need the software stack to work properly (see method 4 below for this scenario).
3. If HP, I generally find the majority of the unpacked files in c:\swsetup and then I search Program Files.
4. Another HP trick is to use the HP Softpaq Download Manager. Once you load up the model you want, you can right click on any of the given drivers to get the fly out menu and select cva file. If it exists, it will give you install + silent install instructions for those pesky drivers that need to be installed as applications.
A fun tip about the cva file is if you know the softpaq number, you can just find it in this URL (this only works if there is actually a cva – not everything has one – but better than nothing, right??)