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automated setup for Windows 95 using MSBATCH

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I have been using automated setups from a NetWare server using MSBATCH.INF without problems. The installation is completely automatic in that I turn on the PC, logon to the server and run SETUP MSMATCH.INF. The server was set up using NETSETUP using the original (August 95) CDROM.

However now I need to build 100 or so Windows 95 PCs which have Videologic GrafixStar 400 (S3 based) video cards and HP ink jet 400 printers. Since these are products have new drivers when I do an installation the S3 is detected but of course the old (original) driver is installed. How do I modify the server files so that the new driver is loaded?

I can specify a printer in MSBATCH.INF but again only if Windows knows about it, so how do I add the HP ink jet to the server files.

Obviously in both of these cases there are .INF files provided on the installation CDs.

In general if I need to add an unknown (to Windows) card which has a manufacturer’s .INF file how do I do it.

The INF generator from Microsoft appears to allow only Microsoft components to be added to the batch file (eg Chat) and I do not want to have to upgarde each machine after the batch installation.


Thank You

Neal
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Neal: I am responding to this question on the presumption that you have resolved with Microsoft any possible issue of what is commonly referred to as hard disk loading.

First, you may want to obtain a copy of the load file used with the OSR2 version of windows. It has an editable batch load file with an appropriate editable inf file that will permit you to specify any additional or customized files that you wish to load.

Now, I presume that you are also working from the original Win95 cab files that you have transferred to the server. This being the case, build another directory on the server that contains the specialized files for the printer and the video card. Now, since computer upon which the Win95 OS is being loaded  won't see any of the hardware until it's first start, you only need to replace the old video card inf file with the new one. The same goes for the printer.

As an example, let your normal load-in occur, and through the batch file, delete both the old video card driver (inf file) as well as the one for the printer, replacing it with the new one. This can be done either through the batch file or an inf file called from the batch file used for the load-in.

Like I mentioned above, you can get a clean example of this by obtaining the diskette that comes with the OSR2 version of Windows.
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BTW: There's another way that occurred to me after I had already clicked the submit button. This to relies on the any resolution you may have struck with Microsoft.

This presumes that all 100 machines are identical. Load one machine completely and set it up with all the appropriate drivers.
Once this has been accomplished, boot the machine with a floppy with the netware drivers. Using drive copy or other mirror software, copy the entire load-in to a directory on the server.

As each machine comes down the line, just logon and transfer the completed setup.
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