If you’ve ever tried to restore a PC that has been backed up by Windows Home Server, you’ll know that Windows Home Server sometimes complains that no Ethernet/Network drivers are available for that PC. In these situations, you’ll need to find the correct drivers for the device in one of your backups, copy them to a USB hard drive and install them before performing the restore.

This can be inconvenient, but at least you know you’ll have the correct drivers. In a blog post today, Tranquil PC outline the instructions for finding the correct drivers, and have also collated a huge range of network drivers for a wide range of network interface cards, all of which have been collated into a driver pack, downloadable for free from their website.

They write:

When you need to Restore your Home PC from the Home Server, you will use the Home PC Recovery CD.  This CD has all the files and drivers you need, but from time to time, you may get a message that there are no ethernet or network drivers available or installed.  If you get this message, you need to get the drivers for your Home PC LAN device, put them on a spare USB key and then ask the Restore Wizard to Install the drivers.  To locate the drivers please follow the information below.

Every time Windows Home Server backs up a home computer, it saves the drivers for the computer in the backup file. If you need to access the drivers for any of your home computers (for example, during a computer restore), you can open a backup for that computer and copy the drivers to a USB flash drive.

To copy drivers from a computer backup

  1. Connect to the Windows Home Server Console.
  2. On the Computers & Backup tab, click the computer that you need drivers for.
  3. Click View Backups.
  4. Select the most recent backup, and then click Open.
  5. Select a volume to open (any volume will work), and then click Open. A window opens showing the files and folders in the backup.
  6. Plug in your USB flash drive.
  7. Copy the Windows Home Server Drivers for Restore folder from the open window to your USB flash drive.
  8. Remove the flash drive, and then insert it into the computer that is being restored.

Now you can use the USB flash drive to install drivers for your computer’s hardware when restoring a computer. The drivers you are most likely to need during a computer restore are the network driver and the storage-device driver.

The Tranquil DriverPack (LAN) is a 68MB download, available via FTP at

ftp://92.63.136.57/LAN_Drivers/ (and locate your specific device) or

ftp://92.63.136.57/LAN_Drivers/LANPACK.zip (download the (68.5MB) LANPACK.zip to get all the available LAN drivers)

To see the full list of drivers available, head over to Tranquil’s support site – fantastic resource, guys, well done!

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