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How to Install Digital Evidence Investigator and DEI PRO Online

Posted by Richard T. Frawley on September 11, 2019
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Digital Evidence Investigator is built for front-line field investigators and lab examiners who need to do digital forensic investigations on Mac, Linux, or Windows. Combined with Mobile Device Investigator, Digital Evidence Investigator PRO gives you all the best computer forensic capabilities along with iOS and Android mobile forensics in a single affordable forensic tool. 

In this short video ADF's Digital Forensic Specialist, Rich Frawley, demonstrates the installation process for DEI and DEI PRO, on a computer that has Internet access. You can refer to our Technical Specifications for minimum requirements and supported Operating Systems.

During the installation, a prompt will appear to install the Microsoft Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK) 10 which is required for preparing a Collection Key and conducting boot scans. To do this, the computer must be connected to the internet. When installing on a computer that has no internet connection, follow the Windows ADK Offline Installation instructions found in our user guides. 

Online Installation

Locate and execute the program installer called DEI-xxxxxx.exe (where xxxxxx represents the version number). The latest installer program can be found on the ADF downloads page.

Follow the installation wizard instructions:

  • Click the licensing and terms and conditions button to view the License Agreement
  • Click Install to start 

During the install process If the Windows 10 ADK if it is not already installed the program prompts to do so– click the Yes button to install this. 

Instructions will be displayed detailing how to install the Windows 10 ADK.

  • Click the OK button in this window – a file entitled adksetup.exe will be downloaded
  • Locate this downloaded file and execute it
  • Accept default installation path and click Next
  • Choose the Privacy Options desired and accept the License Agreement.

Select the following features to install - Windows Pre-Installation Environment (Windows PE) and Deployment Tools - Click Install. It is possible to learn more about the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit after installation has completed. 

Once the WADK is installed return to the Digital Evidence Investigator installer and click on Yes followed by Finish to complete the installation. If installing the PRO version (which includes the bundled Mobile Device Investigator) the ADF Smartphone Driver Pack installation will commence. 

A progress bar will be displayed showing the progress of the installation. The user may be requested to confirm the installation of some drivers. A prompt will appear when installation is complete, clicking the Close button will end the installation process. 

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Topics: Digital Evidence Investigator, Computer Forensics, Mobile Forensics, How To Video, Mobile Device Investigator, Android Forensics, iOS Forensics, DEI PRO, Digital Evidence

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