I have a server 2008 installation with a faulty motherboard. I have changed the motherboard and Windows blue screens on boot up. It is caused by the SATA drivers.

I'm trying to find a method of installing the drivers manually without booting Windows. My first idea was to create a WIM and then inject the drivers when I re-mount the image, however my new company doesn't have the windows AIK for creating WIM's.

Can anyone suggest a suitable method for adding the drivers using a 3rd party freeware or trial tool?

I have already looked at Casper and o&o.

  • Are you sure its the drivers? It could be the mode? The old board might have been ide and the new one will default to ahci
    – Drifter104
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 6:05
  • Hi, Yeah i have tried IDE, AHCI and Raid. I have narrowed it down to the exact driver and even tried manually adding the driver which involved editing about 50 registry keys. Annoyingly i have the server 2008 r2 install disk and when i select repair my computer and then specify the drivers it errors saying that i am using a different version of windows. I know its the correct one. Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 6:30
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    however my new company doesnt have the windows AIK for creating WIMs - You can just download the AIK. AFAIK, it's free and there are no licensing costs associated with using it.
    – joeqwerty
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 6:59

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In case anyone stumbles onto this later on ... I'd suggest using Windows RE (either from a specifically created RE DVD or the Windows Install DVD or via pressing F8 during Windows bootup).

When Booted up, select command prompt, and start any driver installation you got (on a USB drive for example) from there.

(see also http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/4162.windows-server-2008-repair-steps-for-no-boot-issues.aspx)

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