Configmgr 2007 OSD : Using Lenovo Update Retriever to install all your drivers without importing them in the ConfigMgr driver catalog

January 17, 2011 at 11:00 pm in ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, ConfigMgr SP2, configmgr2007, ConfigMgr2007 R3, Deployment, Drivers, Installation, Operating System Deployment, OSD, sccm, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 R3, SCCM 2007 SP2, sccm2007, script, Task Sequence, Windows 7 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Did you also think that driver management  in OSD could be more simplified ? For example when you have Lenovo devices , you need to also install a lot of “bad” drivers en also in a very specific way or features such as “hotkeys”does not work .Let’s look at the process right now:

1. Search drivers from the internet manually

2. Unpack them in a correct folder structure

3. Import drivers and categorize

4. Handle duplicate drivers

Problems often seen :

1. Not all drivers work with the import ( there are drivers that simply do not work with the export method , they need to run thru setup.exe ) HP is a king in that area with the sound card & Quick launch buttons. This means that the admin need to create packages , programs and multiple steps in the TS to let it work.

2. For getting some drivers you need to install the vendor msi on your test laptop , go to the install folder and find the extracted drivers there.After that you could import.

3. HP & Lenovo needs certain additional software such as HP quick launch , HP power manager , Lenovo Hotkeys , Lenovo think vantage , etc . A lot of those packages needs to be installed in a very specific order or it just don’t work .

4. You test your deployment and damn it seems you forgot 2 drivers . Find out by HWguid , download and import again …


Lenovo Update Retriever – Thinstaller solution :

If you don’t want to spent hours on searching, downloading and importing drivers for you LENOVO computer when going to build a Win7 image , read on . I have found a better way to accomplish this with thanks to Karel Serroels.

It normally takes so much time for an admin , while with the HP / IBM solution it is a 5 minutes job per HW model :


1. Install and run the Lenovo update retriever, select your model and software /drivers you want to install , download the drivers into a pre-defined file share . Nice , quick and easy .

2. Create a package with the Lenovo Thinstaller source files , copy the Lenovo Thinstaller files to the local disk & run it thru your TS


The advantage here is that I as an admin does not need to worry about the right install sequence , prerequisites , number of needed drivers or even OS type .The Thinstaller tool will do it for you .

Prerequisites :

Get the following software’s online from the Lenovo site as you will need it

  1. Link thininstaller:
  2. Link update retriever:


Step 1 : Install Lenovo Update Retriever on your server and follow instructions to create a share for the repository , etc .


Step 2 : Launch the Lenovo Update Retriever and select your Model an Operating System. Download all files to the repository.


Step 3 : Modify your Task Sequence and add Run Thinstaller Trustzone. It needs to work with 2.0 .

If you run Lenovo Thinstaller via Configuration Manager task sequence , you cannot run the installation program, because it is a .NET executable and the default policy is to disallow running it from a network share or distribution point. You must therefore change the  following ipadress and sharename with the one from your environment!


Step 4 : Create the Lenovo thinstaller package in Configuration Manager.


Step 5 : Copy the Lenovo Thinstaller directory to C:\Windows\Thinstaller


Step 6 : Run Thinstalle with the following commend line . You must therefore change the  following ipadress and sharename with the one from your environment!


Step 7 : Remove the Thinstaller source files . Do a nice cleanup .



There you go .. The only disadvantage from using this , is the fact that your sourcefiles need to be always to one spot . You can solve this by using Sysvol , DFS or other technologies . However , Most companies have a team that will build the initial image on site and than replicate the images across the company .

Hope it helps ,

Kenny Buntinx.

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