Topic: Driver Folder Confussion

I know this is going to sound like a newbie question but when I slipstream drives in my say Win 7 x86 source using WinToolKit, when I use the drivers from the extracted driver folder (example mass storage) Do I use the drivers from the All folders or just the Win7 folder?

Re: Driver Folder Confussion

Both.
The "All" folder contains drivers that all NT6 OS's can use.  The other folders are specific to only that OS.
In reality, you can use all the folders.  DISM is smart enough to only try and use drivers for the OS it's servicing at the time.
But having all those extraneous drivers slows down the process.

Re: Driver Folder Confussion

mr_smartepants wrote:

Both.
The "All" folder contains drivers that all NT6 OS's can use.  The other folders are specific to only that OS.
In reality, you can use all the folders.  DISM is smart enough to only try and use drivers for the OS it's servicing at the time.
But having all those extraneous drivers slows down the process.


OK, so I been doing kinda right then. I take all the driver folders from the (example) "Win7" Lan folder and copy them to the "All" lan folder to get them in one place for WinToolKit. I only use Lan for the OS slipstream and Mass storage and I have some USB3 drivers for the boot.wim slipstream. I keep all the other drivers Audio and such on the second partition of my bootUSB HD and if I need them, point Windows to that folder and it finds the driver most of the time. Thanks mr_smartepants.


Also if it's meant to use the Drivers from the "All" folder or covers all drivers for that hardware (Lan). Why are there separate folders labeled Win7 Win8  Vista and Server?

Last edited by laddanator (2012-09-02 09:15:56)

Re: Driver Folder Confussion

Sounds like your process should work also.  Just remember that while you integrate dpms into the boot.wim, install.wim also needs dpms or the installed OS potentially won't work right.

laddanator wrote:

Why are there separate folders labeled Win7 Win8  Vista and Server?

Because the drivers contained within those folders are specific and unique to the respective namesake OS.
Example.  The drivers in the \Server\ folder will only install correctly into Server 2008r2 or Server 2012.  They may fail to install at all in Vista or Win7.
We made this change to all the NT6 DriverPacks as a result of feedback from a user at WinCert.
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