Install Drivers for Windows Server from Windows (Desktop Version)

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After installation of Windows Server, we should install appropriate drivers for it. In some case, we install Windows Server and Windows (desktop edition) in very same physical machine (for example, development phase). Instead of find and install all the drivers one by one, it is the best choice for us to install the driver from existing Windows desktop.

In this article, we will discuss about how to install drivers for Windows Server where the drivers are taken from existing Windows.

Note that I assume both Windows Server and Desktop are installed on same machine. A different machine might result in incompatibility of drivers or might result in not finding suitable drivers. Also, make sure that in Desktop version of Windows, all required drivers are installed and can running properly.

Matching Couple

Not all Windows version are perfectly matching with each other. Drivers for one version lower than other might have chance in incompatibility. We should choose the most compatible version as possible.

In my experience, there are some possible couple / match between Windows Server and Desktop:

  1. Windows Server 2008 <-> Windows 7
  2. Windows Server 2012 <-> Windows 8


It is not difficult to install the driver.

Go to Control Panel and search for Device Manager.


You should see Device Manager. If you some component needs driver, you will see something like this:


Theoretically, we can update driver manually. Just right click on device entry, click on “update Driver Software” and go to drive where our Windows desktop installed to. Navigate to \Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository. Remember that when our Windows Server is loaded, the C:\ partition would point to current partition / drive used by Windows Server. The same goes when running Windows desktop. We should find the correct drive where our Windows desktop reside.

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