How to Extract Intel Drivers

By Chris Hoke

The Intel Corporation offers drivers for download on its website for its computer chip sets, Ethernet cards, video cards and other Intel chip-based hardware components. These drivers files help operating systems communicate with installed Intel hardware components. While it is possible to double-click downloaded Intel drivers and extract files from within your Windows operating system, if you need to extract an Intel driver from the command prompt, it requires the use of a few parameters.

Step 1

Click the "Start" menu and type "cmd" into the Search field.

Step 2

Click "Command Prompt."

Step 3

Type "cd [directory]" into the command prompt, where "[directory]" has been replaced with the location of the Intel drivers file. For example, if the file is located in the "c:\download\intel\" directory, you would type "cd c:\download\intel\" into the command prompt.

Step 4

Type the name of the file you wish to extract, then press the space bar. If the drivers file is an "EXE" file, type "a- a- -p[directory]", where "[directory]" is the location on your hard drive where you wish to extract the files. If the drivers file is a "ZIP" file, type "-a -p[directory]", where "[directory]" is the disk location where you wish to extract the files. For example, if the drivers file is named "drivers.exe" and you wish to extract the file to the "c:\download\intel\drivers\" directory, you would type "drivers.exe -a -a -pc:\download\intel\drivers\" into the command prompt.

Step 5

Press the "Enter" key to begin the extraction process.

Step 6

Close the command prompt window when the extraction has completed. Press and hold the Windows logo key on your keyboard (located between the "Ctrl" and "Alt" keys), then tap the "e" key to open Windows Explorer.

Step 7

Browse to the extraction directory you specified in Step 4 in the left pane. Verify that the files were extracted from the Intel drivers file.