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What images inside the boot.wim I should be using to integrate RAID driver to?

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I need to integrate a special RAID driver before the Windows installing, as I don't want to press F6 and don't have a floppy drive as well. If I issue the command DISM /Image:<path_to_boot.wim> /Get-WimInfo, it shows  that boot.wim includes two images: Windows PE and WIndows Setup. I faced the problem what image inside the boot.wim I should use to integrate the driver to? And please, if you can, pour the light on why boot.wim has two images inside?
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by:ZabagaR
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Here is what I do to inject drivers to my Windows PE boot CD.


1. Mount my winpe.wim to a directory called c:\winpe\mount

      Dism /mount-wim /wimfile:c:\winpe\winpe.wim /index:1 /mountdir:c:\winpe\mount

2. Add all drivers I placed in the C:\MyDrivers folder (usually NIC & RAID!)

      Dism /image:C:\winpe\mount /Add-Driver /driver:C:\MyDrivers /recurse

3. Dismount the image. Done.

        Dism /Unmount-Wim /MountDir:C:\winpe\mount /Commit
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by:dmitrij75
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It's clear when you want to integrate the driver into Windows PE (DART or recovery disk) or captured image of working Windows.But what if I want to integrate the driver into distributive disk with Windows 7 or 8 itself. I know that I must install the driver into install.wim with index corresponding to edition of Windows(Home, Pro,etc.). But what image (index of image) inside the boot.wim I should be using to integrate the driver to ?
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So what index/image to choose inside a boot.wim for adding the RAID driver to: index 1 (Microsoft Windows PE) or index 2 (Microsoft Windows Setup)?
Your advice, please!
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OK, I see what you mean. It is a bit unclear. Although I have not performed that exact task you're looking to do, I believe you want to use Index 1 (Windows PE).
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Found the right answer by myself. Boot.wim has two images; one for installing windows (image2), other one for the recovery environment (image1). So the conclusion-drivers should be integrated into the boot.wim index 2 in case you want to install Windows from distributive disk. But if you want just repair the existing Windows installation you should integrate mass storage drivers into boot.wim index 1. And one more thing-if your motheboard tied with AMD processor you should consider to integrate driver for NIC, as these AMD-based PC'S would not be able to connect to the Internet to activate the Windows on the final step rather than Intel-based PC's. Thanks for your attempt to resolve my problem.
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Found a clue by digging on the forums and reading the other sources in the Internet.
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