Recognizing Network Cards During Windows Home Server Restores

If you attempt to restore a PC on your Windows Home Server network only to discover that the WHS restore CD doesn’t recognize your network card, here’s an easy fix. All you have to do is put the network driver for Windows XP onto the root level of a flash drive and have the WSH wizard “search” for additional drivers.

If you read the WHS help wizard, you’re lead to believe that all you have to do is copy some magical “Windows Home Sever Restore Drivers” folder onto your flash drive. What the help doesn’t tell you is that this only works if your PC is running XP. The reason behind this is that the WHS restore wizard is based on a 32-bit OS (I’m assuming XP or Server 2003). Therefore, Vista/7 drivers (either 32 or 64 bit) won’t be recognized during the restore process.

–Adam