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How to pre-stage hardware drivers into a ready to deploy *.wim file

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I have managed to get winpe and my wim image file on a 8gb usb stick but now I need to figure out how to pre-stage drivers for different make/model of computer.
I have investigated
Windows SIM > unnattend.xml > pkgmgr
and
pnoutil -a [oemxx.inf]
but had little success - my question is how should this be done properly to have windows seamlessly find the drivers and install them pnp during the initial setup phase following imagex deployment ?
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by:Ryan_R
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Try using vLite:
http://www.vlite.net/
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Just a tad more info - install and run the program, insert a Vista disc and copy the files to the HDD, then goto the Drivers page - add the drivers (see help info for more details), and repack the wim file and burn a new disc where you can copy your wim file from
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by:stevepickard
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not sure this is what Im looking for - isn't this similar to Wsim ie...it gets the build DVD ready ?

In my case the laptop OS has already been installed, syspreped and imaged using imagex.

I now have a file called oemvista32.wim on a bootable winpe memory stick that I deploy using imagex but I need to add drivers to it to automate deployment on machines with differing hardware.
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Ryan_R earned 150 total points
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Well for all things like this - I head to one place - MSFN.org

Check out the Unattended Vista zone: http://www.msfn.org/board/Unattended-Vista-f149.html
And the Drivers zone: http://www.msfn.org/board/Device-Drivers-f88.html

You should be able to find what you need there - if not, let us know
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by:stevepickard
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sorted now....

peimg /inf=[path to driver\driverfile\*.inf]    /image=c:\Temp\Mount  

thanks.
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by:Ryan_R
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No worries. Do you still need help with anything or can the question be closed?
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by:stevepickard
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sorry this thread can now be closed.

cheers
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Sorry - I can't actually close it myself - you have to hit the Accept As Answer link at the bottom of my 3rd post since that's the one that sorted it out.

Thanks
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