NVIDIA Control Panel Does not Survive SysPrep on Windows 10 LTSC 1809

Hello Forum Readers,

I’m having an issue with the post-deployment behavior of Windows 10 LTSC 1809 where after the oobe process the system complains that NVIDIA Control Panel is not installed. I verified that my unattended answer file has the Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep stanza and the “DoNotCleanUpNonPresentDevices” and “PersistAllDeviceInstalls” keys are both set to “true” So Windows should not be deleting the Control Panel. That said, I also know that post 461.40 (The version of the driver for the RTX 2080 Super card we have in our systems and the one I’m using]. For any newer versions, the Microsoft Store is now “providing” the Control Panel. The problem with this is that no Microsoft Store items are allowed to survive Sysprep, so are deleted as a part of the Sysprep’s generalize process, since they are tied to a specific user and their account.

To make matters worse, my target systems are stand alone forensic platforms that are not and cannot be connected to the Internet. The only work-around I’ve found so far is to re-install the entire 461.40 driver after oobe completes.

Is there any other way to handle this? What am I missing? Is it possible to get an offline installer just for the NVIDIA Control Panel component? The rest of the driver doesn’t get stomped on, all the other components are there–I just need to fix the Control Panel piece–it makes me wonder what Microsoft was thinking in telling NVIDIA they could host the Control Panel at the Microsoft Store in the first place.