- Ensure that the Ethernet cable is connected.
- Boot the system to a WinPE command console (eg from a Windows Vista RM Recovery DVD).
- Type IPCONFIG in the command console window. If no IP addresses are listed then you do not have a functioning network driver.
- Obtain the correct network Windows Vista driver files and copy them to a USB flash memory device. Typically this will be a set of .INF, .SYS and .DLL and .CAT files (DRVLOAD requires CAT file(s)). Tip: Do NOT modify the .INF file(s) or they will fail to install as they are checksummed.
- Change to the drive letter of the flash memory drive by typing the drive letter and a semi-colon (eg type F: and click enter).
- Type dir *.inf to list the INF files that you previously copied to the flash memory drive.
- Test the first INF file by typing DRVLOAD xxxxx.INF (where xxxx.INF is the first INF file listed).
- DRVLOAD should report that the driver has loaded successfully; if not go to step 5 and pick the next INF file.
If you receive an 'unable to load' error (eg Error 0x80070002), check you have included all .sys and .dll files in the same folder.
- Type NETCFG -WINPE to install the WinPE network stack.
- Type IPCONFIG. If the command lists the IP addresses for your network you have found the correct driver. If no IP addresses are listed, go to step 6 and try another driver.
- (Optional) Type NETCFG -WINPE again (sometimes not required), now use the following command to connect to another workstation or server:
NET USE \\mydomain\sharedfolder\ /U:mydomain/myusername "mypassword"
to connect to your domain server. If no password is required, use "" instead of "mypassword".