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Windows 8.1 SYSPREP - Drivers installation problem (help)

  1. #1

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 SYSPREP - Drivers installation problem (help)


    I was wondering if anyone here was able to successfully create a sysprep image of Windows 8.1 that have all the required drivers stored on a local folder ex. C:\Drivers

    It seems that the way that sysprep is installing the drivers with Windows 8.1 changed compared to Windows 7...

    The unattend.xml drivers part does not seem to apply now...

    <settings pass="offlineServicing">
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsNonWinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="" xmlns:xsi="">
                    <PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="76244e4a" wcm:action="add">
    I don't want to use MDT or SCCM ( i use Novell Zenworks to deploy OS images )

    Windows 7 also had some sort of problem with the drivers installation but i was able to bypass it by adding an entry in the registry at the sysprep seal phase ( not before because the audit mode would install the drivers and we don't want that).

    so we had to modify this DevicePath to add "C:\Drivers;%SystemRoot%\inf"

    Thank you for your input !

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  2. #2

    Posts : 2,613
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    if you are deploying images - I must assume your are mounting and prepping your images before you deploy them....

    Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:c:\temp\Install.wim /index:1 /MountDir:c:\temp\offline

    Dism /Image:c:\temp\offline /Add-Driver /Driver:c:\Drivers /Recurse

    Dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:c:\temp\offline /Commit

    you would have to change to point to your install.wim and offline image

    Then I usually add this step to cleanup and reduce the size of the install.wim

    Dism /Export-Image /SourceImageFile:c:\temp\install.wim /SourceIndex:1 /DestinationImageFile:c:\temp\ /CheckIntegrity
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  3. #3

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    I am not currently using this method to update the image.
    I am not to much into this method of Adding drivers (DISM /Add-Driver) because i find it more difficult to deal with obsolete drivers that you want to remove but don't know if it is still there or not...

    I put the drivers folder on the local hard drive ex. C:\Drivers then configure all OS properties and settings and then seal the image with sysprep.

    I then take a snapshot of this state with Novell Zenworks Imaging and after i can deploy this hard disk image to other machines that will finish the sysprep phase when booting.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    Just letting you know guys that someone helped me on another forum to get the drivers to install. Here's the answer, if it can help others :
    DpInst Method

    Basically using the DPInst.exe (provided in the Windows Drivers Kit )and DPInst.xml file i was able to call DPInst within the Specialize phase asking it to install all drivers from a specified drivers folder ex. C:\Drivers
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