dism.exe error on driver .cab installation


I'm trying to install .cab file on Windows 8.1. The file contains a driver and was downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog. File's path is e:\audio.cab and I use the following command (in elevated mode):

dism /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:E:\audio.cab /NoRestart

and I get:

An error occured trying to open - audio.cab Error: 0x80070002
Error: 2
The system cannot find the file specified.

Why is that? The path seems valid.

asked on Super User May 10, 2014 by alex • edited May 10, 2014 by and31415

2 Answers


Microsoft Update Catalog

Apart from updates, the Microsoft Update Catalog also provides driver packaged in cabinet archives. Such drivers are meant to be installed manually after unpacking them, e.g using 7-Zip.

Manually installing a driver

  1. Download and extract the driver package.
  2. Open the Device Manager.
  3. Locate the device you want to update, right-click it, and select Update Driver Software from the context menu.
  4. Click Browse my computer for drivers software.
  5. Click the Browse button, and select the folder where you extracted the driver. Click OK when done.
  6. Click Next. The driver should start installing.
answered on Super User May 10, 2014 by and31415

I also get this error. I read somewhere that since Win10 1803 or 1809 this command doesn't work anymore :( Moreover I found this interesting article:


Obviously this command now only works for offline Images (=not the running Installation).

answered on Super User Mar 22, 2020 by NervedWindowsUser

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