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Windows 7: Is it a good idea to integrate drivers in windows 7 iso?

10 Jan 2018   #1
LoverOfLove

Windows 10 1703 32 bit
 
 
Is it a good idea to integrate drivers in windows 7 iso?

hi,
i'm trying to make windows 7 more like windows 10 in terms of driver support.
i want to include necessary drivers like lan, wlan, usb3.0, card readers mass storage in isntall.wim so when user install my windows 7 iso, user dont face any major problem and can start using internet without any drivers.

i'm planning to download drivers from Latest DriverPacks | DriverPacks.net these contain only .inf files and no .exe

also i'm planning to include mass storage drivers in boot.wim file so user can install win 7 iso with usb 3.0 ports.

i'll use dism recurse cmd to include drivers.

so is this a good idea or i may face various issues and instability problem?
need suggestion.. thank you :)


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10 Jan 2018   #2
chefduane

Win 7 Home Prem x64 SP1
 
 

If the devices are working properly now, don't try to fix what's not broken. If those devices are not installed now, when they do get installed the appropriate driver will be loaded when the device is installed. Maybe I am missing something but that would be my advice.
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10 Jan 2018   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
so is this a good idea or i may face various issues and instability problem?
I often do that, it is quite simple and I never had any problem with it.
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10 Jan 2018   #4
LoverOfLove

Windows 10 1703 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I often do that, it is quite simple and I never had any problem with it.
thanks, but just to clarify i'll be adding tons of drivers from all vendors in iso...so iso can be universally applicable.... i hope its not going to be a problem?
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10 Jan 2018   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It will make the wim larger, of course. Why would it be a problem?

I usually add all updates ( including the nvme updates ), 3rd party nvme drivers, usb3/3.1 drivers. I only add net drivers to my winpe.

simplix and/or Dism++ are useful.

I updated my install media on 20/11

Is it a good idea to integrate drivers in windows 7 iso?-win7-updatedmedia.jpg


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10 Jan 2018   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you are integrating the nvme updates, you also need to copy the contents of sources folder from boot.wim image 2 into the sources folder of the installation media. That is because the setup files are different after integrating nvme updates.

nvme for x64

http://hotfixv4.microsoft.com/Window...tl_x64_zip.exe

http://hotfixv4.microsoft.com/Window...tl_x64_zip.exe
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10 Jan 2018   #7
LoverOfLove

Windows 10 1703 32 bit
 
 

thank you very much @SIW2 for information.... :)
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15 Jan 2018   #8
ron7000

Windows 7 x64, ultimate/pro/home, SLES x86 & ia64
 
 

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i'm trying to make windows 7 more like windows 10 in terms of driver support.
mark my words in 2,3, or 5 years from now windows 10 will have the same problem,
like what windows 7 is now having with the newest usb3 drivers,
and like what winxp had with pretty much everything from around 2010-2014.
what you are doing "now" i don't foresee as any kind of problem other than possibly a waste of time for example however far in the future you buy a new motherboard and didn't include all those necessary drivers you integrated into your windows 10 iso today.
When I did this sort of thing with winxp, I found the iso i slipstreamed to make a new winxp dvd was only good for about 1 year on average... what kind of mileage you get with a win10 iso from today may or may not be worth it I don't know what you are actually doing.
If you are supporting existing hardware that you want to be able to easily reinstall win10 on then yes,
if you hope that the iso will be good into the {distant} future should you decide to get new hardware then no. If you add a bunch of unneccesary drivers and build a new iso, there is no problem in doing that all i'm saying is don't get your hopes up you are not preventing anything.
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15 Jan 2018   #9
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Slip streaming drivers into an ISO is a useful option as long as the hardware lasts, once the hardware fails and needs replacing it will be more and more difficult.

The problem is when an OS gets to, (or approaches), End of Life, the hard realities of business come into play, Manufacturer's will stop making hardware and writing drivers for the hardware, (remember Microsoft does not write drivers), as the potential market for the products will be less .

The windows 10 situation as it stands is a different one altogether, as it is the plan is for Windows 10 to run on a Two Year Life cycle for each Six monthly upgrade so the obsolescence factor is more controllable and predictable for both Microsoft and the Hardware
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23 Jan 2018   #10
LoverOfLove

Windows 10 1703 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ron7000 View Post
I don't know what you are actually doing.
thanks ron for the reply here.. i'm the windows troubleshooter in my neighborhood and friend circle, so i have to install and distribute os many times. and for windows 7, driver is a problem for a user, so i'm planning to eliminate this problem by including essential drivers.my goal here is that user can access lan wifi usb 3 without having to download any driver.
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