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Unattended Install Of Device Drivers

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    Unattended Install Of Device Drivers

    My employer is starting to look at Windows 8 for our tablet PCs. Currently we only have 1 model, its the Dell Latitude ST and are using Windows 7 on them. I am trying to create and customize an automated install of Windows 8 for our Latitude STís.
    Iíve used MDT to capture a Windows 8 Enterprise 32bit image and can image Latitude tablet from thumb drive just fine. In image I copied (not installed) driver files to my WIM file. My unattend.xml file works fine, am not getting any prompts once booting into image on my Latitude STís.
    The problem I am having is Windows Setup is not installing any Latitude device drivers. I copied the device drivers to C:\Windows\INF\LatitudeST folder and in it is a folder for each device (i.e. Network folder contains all driver files for NIC,Ö). I see in the registry that the device path is set to %systemroot%\INF so I think I have correct location for parking the driver files. Iím assuming that Windows 8 will search all files/folders in C:\Windows\INF for correct INF file. I even tried copying the actual network driver files to C:\Windows\INF thinking the system should see it and then install drivers (incase it didnít search for sub folders). To make sure I have Windows 8 supported drives, I downloaded latest driver and still donít work. Everything I try I just cannot get device drivers to install during setup.
    Once I am in OS, I can go to device manager, see devices that are unknown, then manually install drivers pointing to the C:\Windows\INF\LatitudeST folder. Manually works, automated donít.
    On Windows 7 Pro 32bit OS, I donít have a problem. The Windows Setup will search C:\Windows\INF and find all the correct device drivers for the Latitude ST tablet and install them during setup.
    What could I be doing wrong? Why cannot I get drivers to install during setup?
    Thanks in advance!

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    I am having the same problem. I actually just signed up for this exact question. Does anyone have any insight on how to do this or where the drivers need to go in order for them to be searched during the mini-setup?
    I have tried adding the local path to the auditsystem portion of the unattend file and it had no effect.
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    This is still an issue in 8.1. Any ideas anyone?
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