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Windows 7: Completely Unattended with Custom WIM Question


13 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Completely Unattended with Custom WIM Question

I made an imagex of 7 Enterprise, did an unattended XML, oobe, and generalized it. When I boot the system that was imaged, it goes straight to through as expected.

However, when I installed the custom install.wim version (I took the original DVD and replaced the install.wim with my imagex version), multiple drivers were missing. I could have sworn that I used the same media base to do an installation on this hardware before. Since I will be deploying to multiple new (various hardware) workstations, is there a way to add a large driver package to the installation media? I'm not asking about specific drivers for specific systems. I would like to add a large driver package that will cover most of the hardware that I bump into. Dual-layer media will be used, so size isn't a problem.


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13 Nov 2012   #2

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mount the wim file using DISM command. Now add drivers , then save the wim

Code:
 
Dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:D:\install.wim
---- now you know what index to use!
Dism /Mount-Wim /WimFile:D:\install.wim /index:1 /MountDir:C:\mountpointWIM
Dism /image:C:\mountpointWIM /Add-Driver /driver:C:\root_drivers /recurse
Dism /Unmount-Wim /MountDir:C:\mountpointWIM /commit
D:\install.wim = location of WIM file to patch
C:\mountpointWIM = extract location
C:\root_drivers = location of extra drivers. Put them in subfolders below that folder

use the right index(es)
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14 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So are you saying that I will have to find individual driver sets for the hardware? I can't take advantage of all the drivers that are usually already available in Windows 7?
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14 Nov 2012   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yaemish View Post
So are you saying that I will have to find individual driver sets for the hardware? I can't take advantage of all the drivers that are usually already available in Windows 7?
of course you can! But they are already in install.wim if you used the install.wim from install DVD as a base
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14 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The image was installed via install.wim, then I customized it and did a sysprep. After I used imagex to make a new install.wim and I replaced the original one. So that is what you mean by "using it as a base"?

If so, then I must have got my installation media mixed up. I didn't have to manually install the drivers when I first set the system up.
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