Intel Desktop Board and Windows Server drivers

February 8th, 2012 @ // No Comments

As you know, Intel has a politics, that is followed by most board makers, that states: If you want a server OS, you will buy a server board. Unfortunately there are very fine desktop boards with nice features out there that are in the desktop segment and are good for serious work.

In the current case we have the Intel DG45ID Desktop Board on which we want mirror RAID possible via the ICH9R and Windows Server 2003. Because the board has no legacy devices and that includes the floppy disk controller, the disk controller drivers were embedded in the Windows 2003 Server ISO and then burned to disk. How to do this? Check here: Click
Otherwise you could use USB Floppy drive to install the drivers by pressing F6 during the beginning of the Windows 2000/XP/2003 installation process and using the floppy disk that comes with the board.

The installation process after we took care of the controller driver is known to everyone.

After the installation is completed it is time to install all the missing drivers. If we are not careful what is install, we might damage our OS so the following steps are 100% problems free but that also depends on the driver version used.

So 2003 drivers, here we go:

Chipset and audio drivers can be installed directly via setup……. no problems here.

Lan driver can be installed manually, then use setup to install the extra features. Nice adapter with lots of features by the way.

Video driver is installed manually because setup doesn’t support Windows 2003, so as the HDMI driver.

Intel Matrix Storage console supports Windows 2003 so no drama.

Pci simple controller is Intel Management Engine Interface. The setup doesn’t work on Windows 2003. The driver works on 2000 and 2003 but its support is disabled via driver inf. So open inf using notepad ot notepad++ or other SIMPLE redactor and rework it so the Windows 2003 part becomes the same as the Windows XP part, then we install it manually and voala. We have nice system with board awesome for its money.

I have also posted that several years ago on Intel communities: Click

The message here is simple. If our drivers are not intended for specific OS the pattern you should follow if any other measure fail is: Windows 2003 – use drivers written for Windows XP and even for Windows 2000 if no other option is available. Windows 2008 – use drivers written for Windows 7. Of course we always must use proper drivers for the architecture we use. 64bit OS – 64 bitt drivers, 32bit OS – 32 bitt drivers.

Here is a screenshot of the machine i did back then:

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