The staging and the installation of driver packages by using the PnP Utility (Pnputil.exe) in Windows Vista

The staging and the installation of driver packages by using the PnP Utility (Pnputil.exe) in Windows Vista

Article ID : 937793
Last Review : June 11, 2007
Revision : 1.0


Windows Vista includes a new utility, the PnP Utility (Pnputil.exe), that you can use to manage the driver store. By using the PnP Utility, you can add driver packages, remove driver packages, and list driver packages that are in the store.

The PnP Utility can be used to stage a driver package in Windows Vista. When you use the PnP Utility to stage a driver package, the actual device does not have to be present. Windows Vista considers that the package is a trusted package after an administrator uses the utility to stage the signed driver package to the driver store. Then, a standard user can connect the device, and Windows Vista silently installs the device.


For more information about how to use the PnP Utility for printer installation in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web page: (

To view the Step-by-Step Guide to Device Driver Signing and Staging document, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web page:

• Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Starter
• Windows Vista Home Basic
• Windows Vista Home Premium
• Windows Vista Business
• Windows Vista Enterprise
• Windows Vista Ultimate

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