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  • Windows 7 AIK (WAIK 2.0), Can't set a driver path for WinPE

    Hello

    I have a Server 2008 R2 x64 Windows Deployment Server running and I'd like to deploy XP and 7 through it.

    I would like to integrate mass storage and NIC drivers to the winpe.wim image.
    There are two ways of doing this:
    1. Using DSIM to integrate the drivers to an offline WinPE image
    2. Using Windows System Image Manager to create a distribution share with drivers, point an answer file to the driver path, and have WinPE query that path for drivers when WinPE boots up.

    I would like to use method 2, as it is more modular and easier to maintain - if a driver is causing problems, or if you need to add a driver, simply add or remove .inf files from the distribution share. No need to modify the boot.wim image.

    According to the Windows System Image Manager help, and according to Microsoft's TechNet AIK 2.0 guide, to add a driver path to an answer file, one must add to the answer file a component called Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsNonWinPE. This is where my problem is: I can't find such a component in the WinPE.wim image! It simply isn't there!

    My WinPE.wim file was created using copype.cmd x86 c:\WinPE_x86, so it's a clean file. I tried adding all the available packages, but that hasn't added any new components.
    I've googled and couldn't find anyone experiencing this problem at all.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks very much.

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    Re: Windows 7 AIK (WAIK 2.0), Can't set a driver path for WinPE

    Gantlett,

    Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum specifically for IT Pros located here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...egory/w7itpro/ . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to also check the threads available there for additional assistance and feedback.

    Jessica
    Microsoft Windows Client Team
    Last edited by m80arm; 20th November 2009, 15:26.

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      Re: Windows 7 AIK (WAIK 2.0), Can't set a driver path for WinPE

      JessicaD, if that is an official site why are you not posting an official URL?
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        Re: Windows 7 AIK (WAIK 2.0), Can't set a driver path for WinPE

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          Re: Windows 7 AIK (WAIK 2.0), Can't set a driver path for WinPE

          Originally posted by JessicaD View Post
          Gantlett,

          Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum specifically for IT Pros located here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...egory/w7itpro/ . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to also check the threads available there for additional assistance and feedback.

          Jessica
          Microsoft Windows Client Team
          Jessica, please do NOT post these links again. http://tinyurl.com/7jq7ps For all we know, they could link to an infected site and if you are a MSCT member you will have ready access to the full URL for the various MS site.

          Thanks.
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