I've been fighting with Devcon to try and get an HP Scanner working correctly so that the software can be deployed to a user and they can just plug it in with no requests for drivers etc.

Devcon kept on giving me failures but I found that in Adminstudio I could use the "Device Driver Wizard" which worked first time! It creates an MSI which you can deploy silently which has all the files in it to install the hardware.

If you're having problems getting drivers to install silently, it's definitely worth trying.

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Neat! How does that work? Is it deploy the msi, plug in the hardware and the plug & play stuff just kicks in? Will it work if the user plugs the hardware in before the MSI is deployed?

I'm wondering how easy it is to break this sort of thing, and I'm specifically looking at HP Scanners to use this with.
Answered 03/03/2005 by: VikingLoki
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Neat! How does that work? Is it deploy the msi, plug in the hardware and the plug & play stuff just kicks in? Will it work if the user plugs the hardware in before the MSI is deployed?


I haven't extensively tested this yet. The solution we have found is :

o Deploy MSI
o Plug in hardware

Plug and play will then initiate and install the drivers for the hardware without further user intervention.

If the user plugs the hardware in first, then it will come up with the "Found new hardware wizard" as you'd expect, since without the drivers in the MSI, it has no way of knowing what to do with this new device.

It appears to also work if you deploy the MSI then have a user logon who doesn't have permissions to install hardware drivers (our original reason for looking for a solution) as the MSI runs in elevated priv mode.

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Answered 03/03/2005 by: nmi
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What about unsigned drivers ?
Does admin studio provides a way to package unsigned drivers too ?

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Answered 04/28/2005 by: viv_bhatt1
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Sadly it doesn't cater for unsigned drivers... a quote from the Installshield 6 help:

InstallShield uses Microsoft Windows Driver Install Framework (DIFx) to install drivers. When your device driver is installed, DIFx treats it as being a device driver of the type that is displayed in the Device Driver Information panel.


I tested it myself and it requires the drivers to be signed.
Answered 04/28/2005 by: plangton
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Thanks mate ,

Even I have faced this problem too . I tried Repackaging few printer drivers using Installshield Repackager and it has worked . But do not know if this is the best way to do it .


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Answered 04/29/2005 by: viv_bhatt1
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