automated setup for Windows 95 using MSBATCH
Posted on 1997-09-15
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.