How to add netcard driver to install media?


Burgurne

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Hi.
New PC with ASUS Prime Z790-A. Clean install did not work, as there are no drivers for onboard netcard (Ethernet or WiFi). How do I add these drivers to USB-key (created with Microsoft creation tool), so I can do a clean install?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuild
    CPU
    Core i5 14600K
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME z790-A WiFi
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance DDR5-5600 - 32GB - CL36
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI RTX 3090 GamerX Trio
    Sound Card
    SoundBlaster AE5
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS ROG PG32UQ
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO NVMe 500Gbyte
    Adata XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro 1Tbyte
    Adata XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro 2Tbyte
    Hitachi 8Tbyte HDD
    PSU
    RIOTORO Enigma G2 PSU 850W 80+ Gold FM
    Case
    Fractal R5 Black Edition
    Cooling
    Noctua NH15D
    Keyboard
    Logitech G915 LightSpeed
    Mouse
    Logitecg G900 LightSpeed
    Internet Speed
    1000/1000
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender
    Other Info
    Mostly build for gaming.
It's fairly complicated solution but this

Or use 'load driver' during install (step 11 of tutorial)

What indication do you get that make you think you have to install your network drivers?
I've done a clean install many times and have .never had to install these drivers during the install. Network drivers install after windows boots, either by windows itself OR manually by the user.
The only drivers I have ever had to insert during an install were storage controller drivers occasionally before the disk would be recognized.That was on systems configured as RAID and done using the load driver option.
Clean Install Windows 11 Tutorial
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Another solution (which is simpler) is to use an autounattend.xml file to install any required drivers from the same USB drive as the ISO.

1. Download the ASUS Prime Z790-A network drivers.

2. Unzip the driver files, and copy the extracted folders to F:\Drivers (or whatever drive letter is your USB drive).

3. Copy this text, and save as F:\autounattend.xml
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
        <settings pass="windowsPE">
                <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsWinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
                        <DriverPaths>
                                <PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="1" wcm:action="add">
                                        <Credentials></Credentials>
                                        <Path>C:\Drivers</Path>
                                </PathAndCredentials>
                        </DriverPaths>
                        <DriverPaths>
                                <PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="2" wcm:action="add">
                                        <Credentials></Credentials>
                                        <Path>D:\Drivers</Path>
                                </PathAndCredentials>
                        </DriverPaths>
                        <DriverPaths>
                                <PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="3" wcm:action="add">
                                        <Credentials></Credentials>
                                        <Path>E:\Drivers</Path>
                                </PathAndCredentials>
                        </DriverPaths>
                        <DriverPaths>
                                <PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="4" wcm:action="add">
                                        <Credentials></Credentials>
                                        <Path>F:\Drivers</Path>
                                </PathAndCredentials>
                        </DriverPaths>
                        <DriverPaths>
                                <PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="5" wcm:action="add">
                                        <Credentials></Credentials>
                                        <Path>G:\Drivers</Path>
                                </PathAndCredentials>
                        </DriverPaths>
                </component>
                <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
                        <UserData>
                                <ProductKey>
                                        <Key></Key>
                                </ProductKey>
                        </UserData>
                </component>
        </settings>
</unattend>

WinPE will now search for a \Drivers folder on drives C thru G. The reason we need to search multiple drives, is your USB's drive letter isn't always the same (depending on how many other drives you have). Setup will copy these drivers to the new install.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
The Ethernet and WiFi drivers aren't essential to install Win 11 as the Intel RST drivers.
You can add the drivers during the first phase of the installation using "Add driver". The drivers must be *.sys, *.ini, *.cat etc and not an executable file.
or
On a running computer, make a Driver folder on the Win 11 USB installation drive and copy the Ethernet and WiFi drivers to it.
Once you had installed win 11, browse to the Driver folder on the Win 11 USB installation drive and install the drivers.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
But I could not install Windows 11. Early in the process (after first reboot), it stoped and showed a screen "let's get you online" and showed the icon from WiFi. The button NEXT was greayed out. I had to use this method from Microsoft:

  • Check and reinstall the Wi-Fi network adapter drivers (for advanced users). If you don’t see any Wi-Fi networks listed when you’re setting up your PC and see an error message, you might need to reinstall Wi-Fi network adapter drivers. Here’s how:
    1. On a different PC, download the necessary Wi-Fi network adapter drivers from the manufacturer’s website.
    2. Unzip and copy the drivers to a USB flash drive. The .inf file must be in the root of the flash drive and not in any subfolders.
      Note: This assumes your drivers came in the form of a compressed (zipped) folder, or .ZIP file. If your drivers came in the form of an executable (or .EXE) file (or if that's all you see once you open the .ZIP), you may just need to open that file to install the drivers. Contact your hardware manufacturer if you have further questions.
    3. On the PC you’re setting up, plug the USB flash drive into a USB port on your PC.
    4. Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Prompt window from setup.
    5. Type diskpart and press Enter. If prompted, select Yes to allow it.
    6. In the new DiskPart window, type list volume and press Enter.

      Note the letter of the USB drive, which will be listed in the column under Ltr.
    7. Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Prompt window from setup.
    8. In the command prompt, type pnputil /add-driver <USBDriveLetter>:\*.inf, and then press Enter. The full command should look like this: pnputil /add-driver D:\*.inf

      Note:
      Replace <USBDriveLetter>:\ with the drive letter for your USB flash drive, such as D:\.
    9. You might need to scan for devices afterwards. To do this, at the command prompt, type pnputil /scan-devices, and then press Enter.


It is from this site: Get connected when setting up your Windows 11 PC - Microsoft Support

After doing this, I never again saw the screen to "let's get you online", and I'm pretty sure I have never seen it before. It looks like Windows PE looks for updates before making the rest of the initial Windows install, and before Windows 11 is taking control.

"
  • If you don’t see any Wi-Fi networks listed when you’re setting up your PC and see an error message, you might need to reinstall Wi-Fi network adapter drivers"
And as there was no driver for onboard LAN, the process stop
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuild
    CPU
    Core i5 14600K
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME z790-A WiFi
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance DDR5-5600 - 32GB - CL36
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI RTX 3090 GamerX Trio
    Sound Card
    SoundBlaster AE5
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS ROG PG32UQ
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO NVMe 500Gbyte
    Adata XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro 1Tbyte
    Adata XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro 2Tbyte
    Hitachi 8Tbyte HDD
    PSU
    RIOTORO Enigma G2 PSU 850W 80+ Gold FM
    Case
    Fractal R5 Black Edition
    Cooling
    Noctua NH15D
    Keyboard
    Logitech G915 LightSpeed
    Mouse
    Logitecg G900 LightSpeed
    Internet Speed
    1000/1000
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender
    Other Info
    Mostly build for gaming.
Windows 11 installation wizard push you to use a MS account and then you need a internet connection. If you want to bypass and install as a local account there is a MS solution.
When you get to the point to use a MS account, press Shift+F10 simultaneously to open a command line prompt and type:
oobe\bypassnro
It will reboot and back to installation wizard. Then you can use a local account.


 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
You could skip all this and just run the bypass command.

When the first dialog box appears during setup, hit Shift + F10 and type OOBE\BYPASSNRO into the command prompt shell that appears. This will disable the internet connection requirement, and force a reboot of the machine to restart the setup process.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell G15 5525
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 6800H
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5 4800mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 3050 4GB Vram
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2TB Solidigm™ P41 Plus nvme
    Internet Speed
    800mbps down, 20 up
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ideapad flex 14API 2 in 1
    CPU
    Ryzen 5 3500u
    Motherboard
    LENOVO LNVNB161216 (FP5)
    Memory
    12GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
    Hard Drives
    256 GB Samsung ssd nvme

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