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    Step-by-Step Guide to Device Driver Signing and Staging in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    This guide describes how to digitally sign driver packages and stage them on a computer in a manner that allows a user to install the package without administrative privileges.
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        Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include features that allow an administrator to make device driver installation easier for users. You have the ability to stage driver packages in a protected area of a user's computer called the driver store. A standard user, without any special privileges or permissions, can install a driver package that is in the driver store. You can also configure client computers to automatically search an administrator-specified list of folders (and their subfolders) when a new device is attached to the computer. These folders can be local to the computer or hosted on a network share. When a device driver is accessible in this manner, Windows will not need to prompt the user to insert media. These features improve the user experience and reduce help desk support costs by allowing standard users to install approved driver packages without requiring additional permissions or the assistance of an administrator. These features also increase the security of your computers by ensuring that your standard users can only install those driver packages which you authorize and trust.
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      Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

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