How can I start Windows system drivers on the fly?

IT administrators are often tasked with managing the Windows operating system and its various components. One of the most important tasks is making sure that all of the necessary drivers are installed and running correctly. Unfortunately, sometimes a driver may fail to start or become corrupted, and it can be difficult to get it running again. In these situations, it's often necessary to start the driver on the fly.

The first step in starting a Windows system driver on the fly is to identify the driver that needs to be started. This can be done by looking in the Device Manager or by using a third-party tool such as DriverView. Once the driver has been identified, it can be started by using the Start command in the Command Prompt. This command will take the form of “start DriverName”, where DriverName is the name of the driver that needs to be started.

Once the Start command has been executed, the driver will start. However, it is important to note that this will only start the driver temporarily and it will not persist after a reboot. To ensure that the driver is always running, it must be added to the Windows registry. To do this, the registry key “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\DriverName” must be created. Once the key has been created, the DWORD value “Start” must be set to “3”. This will ensure that the driver will always start when the system is booted.

It is also important to note that starting a driver on the fly can cause problems with other drivers and applications that are dependent on it. As such, it should only be done as a last resort and with caution. If the driver is not absolutely necessary, it is generally better to simply uninstall it and reinstall it later.

Overall, starting a Windows system driver on the fly can be a useful tool for IT administrators. It can be used to quickly and easily get a driver up and running when it is not starting correctly or has become corrupted. However, it should only be done as a last resort and with caution, as it can cause other problems. By understanding the steps involved and following the instructions outlined above, IT administrators can easily start a Windows system driver on the fly.

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