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Vista image for different hardware platforms

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  • Hello,

    I'm trying to build a Vista image that be deployed on different hardware platforms.  Therefore, not all my PCs has the same hardware (different video cards, Intel or AMD processor, etc.) For that reason, I want to create a Vista image for two or three types of hardware platforms. I did it with XP by adding some lines in sysprep.inf to inform the system from were to load the specific drivers. Can anyone guide me?

     

    lines added to sysprep.inf:

     

    OemPnPDriversPath=\drivers\audio...................

    [Sysprep]
    BuildMassStorageSection=yes

    [SysprepMassStorage]

     

     

    Thank you.

    Tica

     

     

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008 8:31 AM

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  • Hello,

     

    Please understand that Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 do not require a separate image for each type of hardware abstraction layer (HAL). This means that you can sysprep and capture the Windows Vista/Server 2008 image from a computer and then deploy the image to computers with different hardware environments.

     

    To add drivers in an unattend file, you can use Windows AIK.

     

    Windows AIK can be downloaded from the following site:

     

    Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=94bb6e34-d890-4932-81a5-5b50c657de08&DisplayLang=en

     

    For more information about adding drivers into the image, please refer to the following articles:

     

    Add Device Drivers During Windows Setup

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766485.aspx

     

    Add Device Drivers to an Offline Windows Image

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766141.aspx

     

    Add a Device Driver Path to an Answer File

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749522.aspx

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Thursday, August 14, 2008 6:33 AM
  • I have tried to do this - I find that sometimes when as the system on which the image has been deployed I encounter some strange problems.

    1) I get a BSOD during the part where it says "Please wait while windows continues setting up your computer"

    2) It just stays on the "Please wait while windows continues setting up your computer"

    SO, it doesnt look like sysprep is a viable solution for all hardware platforms. Is there possible some update to sysprep that fixes these issues. I find that my image works on some systems and doesnt work on others...

    Thursday, October 23, 2008 5:04 PM