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When starting Windows in Safe Mode, you can see a list of loaded drivers on the screen. I would like to know where Windows looks to find which drivers it loads and in what order.

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%systemroot%\system32\driverstore directs the system to the proper driver locations I believe. – Jeff F. Apr 14 '11 at 16:49
That is the driver store for re installation purposes, drivers are loaded from Windows\system32\Drivers – Moab Apr 14 '11 at 17:26
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XP Safe Mode loads the set of Drivers and Services listed at this registry key


or this key if you select with networking



This is not the location of the drivers but the list it uses to choose what driver to load from Windows\system32\drivers

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