Missing driver on WinPE while trying to restore with bootable USB
When trying to restore image-based backup via bootable USB device, you may receive an error “A connection to the deployment share couldn’t not be made. The following networking device did not have a driver installed.” This may be a cause of network device driver absence or some failure during drivers import.
Suggestions and Resolutions
The easiest way to resolve issue is to burn new bootable USB and add necessary drivers on the pre-burn configuration wizard.
You can do it from the PC you were backing up or from any other Windows PC.
In case you are not able to burn new bootable USB, following procedure will help you to add drivers without third party tools.
- Create temporary folder on your machine C:\Temp
- Copy Boot.wim file from E:\SOURCES\BOOT.WIM (bootable USB) to C:\Temp
- Copy drivers to C:\Temp\mydrivers
- Create cloudre_mount folder
- Mount the wim file
Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:"C:\Temp\Boot.wim" /index:1 /MountDir:"C:\Temp\cloudre_mount"
Add your driver yourDriverName.inf to cloudre_mount folder
Dism /Add-Driver /Image:"C:\Temp\cloudre_mount" /Driver:"C:\Temp\mydrivers\yourDriverName.inf"
- Check, if the driver appeared in cloudre_mount folder (installed drivers should be listed)
Dism /Get-Drivers /Image:"C:\Temp\cloudre_mount"
- Unmount image and save changes
Dism /Unmount-Wim /MountDir:C:\Temp\cloudre_mount /commit
And that’s it! This is how it should look in command line: