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Windows 7: Update your Win 7 installation media.

4 Days Ago   #111
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

DriverBackup! probably works ok, but dism++ is kept up to date and is more descriptive.


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4 Days Ago   #112
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi paul,

The bootwimupdates is mainly for the MS nvme updates ( it is complicated integrating those, so the .cmd file does it all for you).

The registry adjustments show hidden files and extensions. That allows you to see what you are doing if you need to browse from booted boot.wim or winre.wim. It also increases the scratch space to a usable size.

Instead of updating boot.wim and winre.wim separately, boot.wim is updated, then boot.wim image 2 is exported and used as winre.wim. Saves a lot of time and extra commands.

The Import folder is there so that you can add anything to be imported into the wim.

E.G. you can copy the contents of Atak's Import folder into it.


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Hi SIW2,

I see you have added bootwimupdates and installwimupdates, along with adjusting the registry hives and creating a WinRE.WIM [then optimised it and compressed it]. I noticed that you also added these two lines:

IF EXIST "Import\Windows" XCOPY.exe "Import" "%TP%\MOUNT" /cheriky
IF EXIST "%TP%\winre.wim" COPY /Y "%TP%\winre.wim" "%TP%\MOUNT\Windows\System32\Recovery"

Does that setup the recovery options. I am just interested!

Thanks in advance.

IF EXIST "Import\Windows" XCOPY.exe "Import" "%TP%\MOUNT" /cheriky

If you have put anything in the Import folder, it is copied to the mounted install.wim image

IF EXIST "%TP%\winre.wim" COPY /Y "%TP%\winre.wim" "%TP%\MOUNT\Windows\System32\Recovery"

That copies the newly created winre.wim ( which contains any updates\drivers) into the mounted Install.wim image. It replaces the bog standard winre.wim that is in MOUNT\Windows\System32\Recovery folder.
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4 Days Ago   #113
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Thanks for the explanations and detailed reply @SIW2, it is appreciated .
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4 Days Ago   #114
wowser

Win 7 64bit Pro
 
 
When all's said and done

So the update [once it's done] is 700MB or at least 4GB?
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3 Days Ago   #115
Ritjesman

Win7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Thank you for the informative response ...



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1. You will only need to add 3rd party drivers. Place them in the folder 7UPDATER\Drivers\Bootx64 and 7UPDATER\Drivers\Installx64
Left "in the box" unchecked in dism++ per your instructions.


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2. Any drivers in the Drivers\Bootx64 folder will also be included in boot.wim and winre.wim
So you probably don't want to put your printer drivers in there, for example.
Not sure how to differentiate between drivers needed during install and drivers needed to boot ...


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3. Any updates in the Updates\Bootx64 folder will also be included in boot.wim and winre.wim
Don't believe I have any of these.



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4. You can copy the folders in. It searches recursively.
Thanx, that makes it easy.


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5. The easiest way to export 3rd party drivers from a running OS is to use dism++. It tells you what they all are. (Don't tick Display Inbox Drivers so it only shows you 3rd party drivers)
Yep this is far superior to DriverBackup. Thx for the tip.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you want nvme support, you need to put the two MS nvme updates in the 7UPDATER\Updates\Bootx64 and 7UPDATER\Updates\Installx64 folders.

Apparently those two MS updates are required to support any 3rd party nvme drivers.
My "starting iso" for your process had USB3 and NVMe drivers/support inserted using the Gigabyte Windows USB Installation Tool; does that accomplish the same objective? [Not that I have NVMe yet... ]


So the only open question I have is determining which drivers are considered "boot" and which "install" (I googled "drivers to boot win7" but the results we're particularly informative) and then I can give this another whirl ...


Cheers for now ...
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3 Days Ago   #116
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
My "starting iso" for your process had USB3 and NVMe drivers/support inserted using the Gigabyte Windows USB Installation Tool; does that accomplish the same objective? [Not that I have NVMe yet... ]
Yes, you shouldn't need to add the nvme updates again if you have already integrated them using the MSI tool.

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So the only open question I have is determining which drivers are considered "boot" and which "install"
Yep.
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1 Day Ago   #117
Ritjesman

Win7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Hello SIW2

Quote:
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So the only open question I have is determining which drivers are considered "boot" and which "install"
Yep.
My apologies for being unclear; that was actually a solicitation for assistance in determining which of the drivers exported using dism++ should go in the boot folder & which should go into the install folder

However, given your response I thought maybe doing that isn't a big deal. So I went googling for "win7 boot drivers". Finding scanty results I've taken a stab at it, which is sort of a "brute force/manual" process. I'd appreciate a "sanity check" ...


I have a test W7 install with all up-to-date drivers installed from mfg’s disks & downloads. I have a “virgin” install in VirtualBox for which I used the updated ISO resulting from the processes you've kindly shared. Bootlogging was activated for both installs. Below is a graphic depicting my approach:
Update your Win 7 installation media.-boot-install-folders-proces.jpg


The first compare I did in Excel, my theory being that – since the VM install has nothing added – all drivers loaded there (with the exception of VM specific drivers) are “in box” drivers. Any drivers not found in both bootlogs should be 3rd party.


The 2nd compare was done by searching the dism++ exported folders for each file deemed to be 3rd party. The original dism++ export I considered “for install”; if a file was found in the export the entire folder containing that file was moved to a new “for boot” folder:
Update your Win 7 installation media.-boot-install-folders.jpg


When finished there were a large number of files loaded during boot of the test install – which are designated as being in the drivers folder – that are not found in either the dism export or in the VM bootlog:
Update your Win 7 installation media.-boot-install-folders-files.jpg


At this point I don’t know where my logic has gone awry…
Any observations or advice will be appreciated.


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1 Day Ago   #118
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

"not in export":
Plenty of the current in box drivers that are supplied in the standard MS boot.wim will be loaded.

"in dism++ export"
If it works ok, then you have got it right.


A lot of people want to create a kind of universal install media that should work on almost any system. That obviously means integrating some things that are not needed on all systems. It doesn't matter, they won't be used if not needed.
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20 Hours Ago   #119
Ritjesman

Win7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Thank-you. It's what I hoped. Assistance much appreciated.
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