WDS - Graphic Drivers
I'm using WDS to deploy windows 7 across our domain, problem I have is when I sysprep the image before sucking it onto the WDS box it strips out the graphics driver. I'm using Dell Optiplex 760's across the estate and need a way of installing the driver if possible from within the answer file.
I have tried this but to no avail in as many places as I could find for my unattend.xml
I'm using WSIM - here is hoping that someone has come across this before.
If it cannot be done with this route I'd gladly accept any other ideas!
Originally Posted by SYNACK
Are you aware if this will run inf files only or would it cope with the likes of the setup.exe supplied by intel? Reason I ask is I'm aware that I can use a couple of switches with the setup.exe to turn areo etc
This would only handle the inf drivers, to use exe versions you would need to automate them afterwards. You can extract most of the intel drivers by looking through the temp folder when installing them and lifting the inf files, these usually install everything that is needed.
If you are worried about aero not being on then you don't need to because as the driver is integrated it will be picked up during the initial install. This means that it will pick up a capible GPU if present and just switch it on initially without the need to run another system performance scan.
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