Our organization has just deployed new computers with Windows 8.1. Roughly 50 of them. We've run into an issue with the driver on the new computers which is flooding the network with ipv6/multicast chatter. Acording to this article, disabling ipv6 does not fix the issue.

I'm looking for a script or GPO to deploy out the patched driver that is supposed to deal with this issue.

  • GPO can only deploy .msi installers...which I doubt your driver is. Do you have any other software management (SCCM, etc)? Alternatively, you can make it run a .bat file that executes the installer at logon time.
    – Nathan C
    Apr 29, 2014 at 15:31
  • We've got Dell KACE. Just an INF and accompanying files.
    – Justin
    Apr 29, 2014 at 15:34
  • Depending on what type of driver package you have (i.e. Can it be installed like an exe or MSI or other installable) you could use a simple login script that opens a batch file which has a single line of code that points to the installable somewhere on a shared drive. If you're interested in this let me know and I'll answer with a script for you. Apr 29, 2014 at 15:38
  • @BradBouchard He mentioned it's not an installer. In this case, you'd want to package the driver in order to use remote installers with dpinst. Otherwise, you may have to use your IT minions. ;)
    – Nathan C
    Apr 29, 2014 at 15:40
  • If you've got a script I would be eternally grateful :)
    – Justin
    Apr 29, 2014 at 15:44

3 Answers 3


Got it scripted, thanks for your input guys.

xcopy "\\fileserver\share$\I217" "C:\I217\"
%SystemRoot%\System32\InfDefaultInstall.exe C:\I217\e1d64x64.inf

I realize you have already figured it out with a similar command, but just as an FYI you can also use the pnputil command to do what you need. Just copy the driver files (.inf, .sys, .cat) into some folder on the system (with a script doing xcopy or Group Policy preferences), and run the following command:

pnputil -i -a "C:\folder\driver.inf"

Note that you want to run the command elevated (e.g. in a Computer Startup script, not a User Logon script).

I have used pnputil in a PowerShell script to iterate through a folder tree and load all of the drivers contained within. This is really handy with a Microsoft Surface, where the drivers are distributed in a single ZIP file.

$ScriptPath = "C:\SurfacePro2_Drivers"
$files = get-childitem -path $Scriptpath -recurse -filter *.inf
foreach ($file in $files)
    Write-host "Injecting driver $file"
    pnputil -i -a $file.FullName
  • I did find this command, however I found that the infdefaultinstall updated the driver on the device immediately, where pnputil did not.
    – Justin
    May 1, 2014 at 17:51

I know this may be a little late at this point, but you may want to precede your login script with something like:

if exists "C:\I217\e1d64x64.inf" goto :EXIT
xcopy "\\fileserver\share$\I217" "C:\I217\"
%SystemRoot%\System32\InfDefaultInstall.exe C:\I217\e1d64x64.inf  
REM Complete script

That way, you'll only technically run the copy command once. Saving your network resources from extra work. :)

  • Yeah, I did end up implementing a log off script similar to this one.
    – Justin
    May 3, 2014 at 18:54

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