XP: Deploy an INF file Automatically

   Posted May 27, 2004 by David Kirk in Windows

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The following tutorial explains how to install an INF file from the command line.

Setup information files have the *.inf extension and are often used to install registry settings and device drivers. To manually install an INF file, the user can right-click and select install from the context menu.

However, if you want to be able to install the INF from a command-line, use the following:

    rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 file_name.inf

    [list]file_name.inf = file to install
    132 = flag to ask the user before rebooting
    DefaultInstall = name of the section to install


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