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How do I save drivers from a Windows 8.1 tablet?

  1. #31


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    @KYHI, would the "WIN81SEx86" mentioned in your signature be a smaller download for tropicalpaddy than the full WinPE download in the ADK? Does it have the version of DISM which would work with /add-drivers in Windows 10?
    Yes it is smaller in size, does contain a windows type interface and will add drivers to the offline image using dism..
    the 8.1 ADK download is 3GB and then you have to work within a command prompt..
    SE is like 500MB and you work within a limited windows GUI

    Actually the best method would be to mount the install.wim and add-drivers to it and to the WinRE.wim, before installation..
    Although I've not tested the windows installer using a modified install.wim (install.wim with drivers added)
    the windows installer may reject the wim..

    But can always Apply the modified install.wim

    In Case, somebody wants to test the windows installer by replacing the install.wim with a modified install wim..

    Here is a script that will run the modifications you need..
    It will look for the mounted setup media (edition and arch of target pc)
    it will look for the Drivers folder within it's own directory (export "drivers" folder, copied into current directory)
    It will ask for the product key (generic or activation)

    then you just replace MS install.wim with the modified Install.wim
    If installer accepts the modified install.wim, your system will be installed with the needed drivers pre-loaded

    Rename file to .cmd by removing .txt
    Last edited by KYHI; 08 Aug 2015 at 17:52.

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  2. #32


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    @KYHI, would the "WIN81SEx86" mentioned in your signature be a smaller download for tropicalpaddy than the full WinPE download in the ADK? Does it have the version of DISM which would work with /add-drivers in Windows 10?
    Yes it is smaller in size, does contain a windows type interface and will add drivers to the offline image using dism..
    the 8.1 ADK download is 3GB and then you have to work within a command prompt..
    SE is like 500MB and you work within a limited windows GUI
    How would tropicalpaddy use this tool to add the drivers? I've done it the long way round as you can see below!


    @Tropicalpaddy, The good news is that I've used the drivers I saved (from that other post) and got my tablet going again after a complete clean install of Windows 10. Everything seems to work that I've tested so far. So we should be able to get yours going again...

    The way I did it required the WinPE download, and a bootable USB stick, and got my hands dirty with the command-line. (You'd also have to get the tablet to boot from a USB but if you clean-installed before, I imagine you've already figured otu how to do this, to get the Windows 10 installer to boot?)

    I used the full version of Windows PE available within the Windows ADK. If you download that and run it, you get a choice of components. You only need to download the WinPE option, which also automatically ticks the Deployment Tools option. This bit you could do on another computer if you have one, but I think it would work on the tablet. Be warned it's a 3GB download- KYHI's tool below will be smaller (but I'm not sure how to use it).

    Then I made a bootable WinPE USB with these commands.
    1. Start the Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment as an administrator. This should bring up a command prompt (although with one or two variables set that you need, so don't use an ordinary command prompt).
    2. Create a working copy of the Windows PE files.
      Code:
      copype x86 C:\WinPE_x86
    3. Install Windows PE to the USB flash drive, specifying the drive letter. In this case my USB was drive F: but yours might be different.
      Warning
      This command reformats the F: drive completely - be very careful to get the right drive letter!
      Code:
      MakeWinPEMedia /UFD C:\WinPE_x86 F:
    4. Back in Windows File Explorer, make a new folder on the F: drive (or whatever drive it is) called TescoDrivers, and copy in all the folders from my Onedrive file
    5. If you're setting this up on another computer, 'Safely Remove' the USB and unplug it
    6. Shutdown the tablet (if it isn't already) by using WindowsKey+R to Run this command:
      Code:
      shutdown /s /t 0
    7. Plug the USB, and a wired keyboard into the Tesco Tablet. If you have an SD card in the tablet, remove it for now.
    8. Boot from the USB (use ESC key at startup to select a different boot device)
    9. You should get a command prompt up. Type these commands to figure out which drive is Windows and which is the USB.
      Code:
      c:
      dir
      d:
      dir
      e:
      dir
    10. When I did it, C: was my windows folder, and D: my WinPE disk, but yours may vary
    11. Type this command, using different letter for C: and D; if needed.
      Code:
      dism /add-driver /image:c:\ /driver:d:\TescoDrivers /Recurse
    12. With any luck you should get a bunch of messages saying drivers installed succesfully.
    13. Type this command to shutdown
      Code:
      wpeutil shutdown
    14. Unplug the USB, cross fingers, and then try booting as normal


    The only thing I've noticed that's missing is the screen rotation. I did find a LINX7 driver that someone had posted which fixed that, and a registry hack that puts the screen the right way up! Did you say you'd got some LINX7 drivers? Which site did you find them on? (I'm wondering if it's the same set I used?)
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  3. #33


    Thanks for this guys! I'll try get a look at this tonight and will find the linx 7 files tonight.
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  4. #34


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    David. at the present time I am boot into Win81SE - it is a custom PE
    As you can see in my screen shot - I have this topic and My file explorer Open
    You can alse see that I can see the Drives, use command prompt, and any of the other tools on the desktop..
    Click image for larger version

    Here is a file that you can never access from within windows
    Click image for larger version
    as it is a very portected file..

    From PE I can change every aspect of this PC,
    F is my Windows OS drive - I could Apply any image to F- I could add drivers to F- even repartition F
    SE is basically an OS system all booted into System Memory and I can not say how useful it is when there are problems with a user PC... It allows complete access to the troubled PC without even trying to boot into the troubled OS
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  5. #35


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    I just thought of something. It may be possible to use Windows' built-in recovery environment without using a WinPE disk or KYHI's download.

    I think you can do it all from the tablet itself:

    1. Copy the drivers from my Onedrive onto c:\TescoDrivers on the tablet itself
    2. Bring up the start menu, right-click on the Power button and hold down the Shift key while you click Restart
    3. It should boot up into Advanced Startup. Select Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, then Command Prompt
    4. Select the admin-level account and enter password
    5. You should get a command prompt up. Type these commands to figure out which drive is Windows and which is the USB.
      Code:
      c:
      dir
      d:
      dir
      e:
      dir
    6. When I did it, C: was my main windows folder but yours may vary
    7. Type this command, using different letter for C: if needed.
      Code:
      dism /add-driver /image:c:\ /driver:c:\TescoDrivers /Recurse
    8. With any luck you should get a bunch of messages saying drivers installed succesfully.
    9. Type this command to shutdown
      Code:
      wpeutil shutdown
    10. Try booting as normal
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  6. #36


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    WinRE is a WinPE boot Disk, it is just on a partition, rather then removable media..
    WinRE contains 8 or so files that WinPE does not..
    Even windows setup uses WinPE
    Macrium rescue disk is winpe or linux
    Aomie is winpe or Linux
    Acronis is winpe

    It is amazing what you can do with and from within WinPE, problem is nobody seems to use it..
    Guess cause they don't use it or understand how powerful it is..
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  7. #37


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    I got a weird suggestion if you guys are still having trouble I would try dell venue 8 pro driver Intel Atom Z3000 Series Driver Driver Details | Dell US

    It seems it might work on all z3000 series
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  8. #38


    DavidY - I installed the drivers with the method described above. Drivers installed successful according to cmd prompt but alas no touchscreen, sound, or battery monitor. Not sure what to do now. thanks for trying! Paddy
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  9. #39


    Should I be trying this from Windows 8.1? I loaded via Win 10
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  10. #40


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by tropicalpaddy View Post
    Should I be trying this from Windows 8.1? I loaded via Win 10
    Well you have to run the DISM command from the 'WinPE' environment, and not from within Windows itself, so technically it's neither 8.1 nor 10. But when I did it, the machine had Windows 10 on it. I can't remember if I booted WinPE from a USB stick rather than from the Advanced Startup - I probably used a USB, which may have made a difference?

    One thing I have noticed since starting this thread - Tesco have started selling a Windows 10 version of this tablet, so perhaps they haven't abandoned it after all. So it may be worth trying to contact them and seeing if they do have Windows 10 drivers?
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