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I'm trying to enable Intel SRT on my laptop. To do this, I need to change SATA controller mode from AHCI to RAID. The problem is that windows has no drivers for RAID and I can't install it while controller is in AHCI mode.

For now I have RAID driver in INF package (inf, sys, cat files). And I can load Windows recovery console with controller in RAID mode. The last thing to do is to intall this driver, but I don't know how to do it.

Google says rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 123 <filename>.inf might help, but it doesn't.

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use pnputil to add the driver to the driver store. Windows now detects the driver:

pnputil.exe -a C:\<filename>.INF 

And you should add the drivers before changing the mode.

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  • Thanks for the help. Still have BSOD after controller mode change. Guess, this drivers should be mirrired on windows boot partition or something like that...
    – Oleg Titov
    Jan 10, 2013 at 12:01
  • can you change the Mode back to AHCI, boot to Windows and install the driver there? Jan 10, 2013 at 16:54
  • Yes, But it does not help. Intel's GUI installer installs only AHCI since no RAID is present, and using .inf I have BSOD.
    – Oleg Titov
    Jan 10, 2013 at 18:07
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    Damn it! Safe mode boots normally with RAID mode. Further installation via normal graphical installer make posiible to boot without safe mode. So the real problem is solved.
    – Oleg Titov
    Jan 11, 2013 at 3:05
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    Does this add the driver to the installed Windows driver store or the driver store of the stripped down recovery environment? I would think without telling it where to find the Windows installation it just installs it to the recovery environment
    – nijave
    Jan 31, 2021 at 20:14
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For me pnputil.exe did not do the trick. However, I found the following command, which helped: dism /Image:C:\ /Add-Driver /Driver:D:\ /Recurse. This assumes that your Windows is installed at C:\ and the disk with the driver is present at D:\. This appears to even work, if the disk contains drivers for different architectures (x86 and x64) and operating system versions (XP, 7, ...).

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  • justed tested for a z390 motherboard windows7x64, works perfectly!
    – imbr
    May 15, 2020 at 17:42
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    Works perfectly for virtualbox install of Windows 7 x86 imported to Proxmox
    – boussouira
    Sep 15, 2021 at 23:12

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