Missing driver on WinPE while trying to restore with bootable USB


When trying to restore image-based backup via bootable USB device, you may receive an error “A connection to the deployment share couldn’t not be made. The following networking device did not have a driver installed.” This may be a cause of network device driver absence or some failure during drivers import.

Suggestions and Resolutions

Option #1

The easiest way to resolve issue is to burn new bootable USB and add necessary drivers on the pre-burn configuration wizard.

You can do it from the PC you were backing up or from any other Windows PC.

Option #2

In case you are not able to burn new bootable USB, following procedure will help you to add drivers without third party tools.

  • Create temporary folder on your machine C:\Temp
  • Copy Boot.wim file from E:\SOURCES\BOOT.WIM (bootable USB) to C:\Temp
  • Copy drivers to C:\Temp\mydrivers

  • Create cloudre_mount folder

  • Mount the wim file
Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:"C:\Temp\Boot.wim" /index:1 /MountDir:"C:\Temp\cloudre_mount"

Add your driver yourDriverName.inf to cloudre_mount folder

Dism /Add-Driver /Image:"C:\Temp\cloudre_mount" /Driver:"C:\Temp\mydrivers\yourDriverName.inf"
  • Check, if the driver appeared in cloudre_mount folder (installed drivers should be listed)
Dism /Get-Drivers /Image:"C:\Temp\cloudre_mount"
  • Unmount image and save changes
Dism /Unmount-Wim /MountDir:C:\Temp\cloudre_mount /commit

And that’s it! This is how it should looks in command line: