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New support for wifi

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ince the dawn of time, Windows PE (WinPE) has not had any support for the 802.1x authentication protocol. This meant that any network deployment of Windows via a network secured with 802.1x was a non-starter, causing headaches for a few on my customers; I actually had one customer that ran new network cables to a majority of the desks in order to be able to deploy Windows XP over the network.

However, thanks in part to a colleague of mine who worked on this, Microsoft has released hotfixes that now add 802.1x support to both WinPE 2.1 and WinPE 3.0. You can get the hotfixes and further information at the below links:

WinPE 2.1: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975483

WinPE 3.0: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972831

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Thanks. I updated the WiFi link in the FAQ thread to point to this topic.

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So how does one install this? I tried to install it on my laptop with Win7 and says that the update is not applicable.

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You use dism to add the .cab file that exists when you extract the package to a WinPE 2.1 or 3.0 .wim file to "install" the hotfix. It doesn't actually install on a full OS.

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That is pretty funny considering I got it working just 3 weeks before they released this Hotfix.

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Now that Wireless works how did we connect to wireless networks. What Interface is recommended?

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Netsh is the only interface WinPE would have, and I don't know how much of netsh wlan is even in WinPE after this hotfix. Someone would have to test, or write a GUI utility if they wanted a GUI.
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I tried to use dism to "install" the HotFix KB972831 in Windows PE 3.0 boot.wim file mounted with imagex in folder mount,

but it fails giving me

Error: 0x800f081e

The specified package is not applicable to this image.

Used in XP OS at Deployment Tools Command Prompt:

Dism /image:F:\winpe3_x86\mount /Add-Package /PackagePath:F:\winpe3_x86\fix283119\Windows6.1-KB972831-x86.cab

Can someone help me to solve the problem ?

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ince the dawn of time, Windows PE (WinPE) has not had any support for the 802.1x authentication protocol. This meant that any network deployment of Windows via a network secured with 802.1x was a non-starter, causing headaches for a few on my customers; I actually had one customer that ran new network cables to a majority of the desks in order to be able to deploy Windows XP over the network.

However, thanks in part to a colleague of mine who worked on this, Microsoft has released hotfixes that now add 802.1x support to both WinPE 2.1 and WinPE 3.0. You can get the hotfixes and further information at the below links:

WinPE 2.1: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975483

WinPE 3.0: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972831

You do know they Talk about wired port based auth and not wireless

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.1X

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You do know they Talk about wired port based auth and not wireless

Then, being the title of this thread "New support for wifi", and seeing what Eagle710 posted, does it means that BOTH gosh and Eagle710 are lieing? :ph34r::w00t:

@Eagle710

Care to post some details on the topic and your success? :unsure:

jaclaz

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You do know they Talk about wired port based auth and not wireless

Then, being the title of this thread "New support for wifi", and seeing what Eagle710 posted, does it means that BOTH gosh and Eagle710 are lieing? :ph34r::w00t:

@Eagle710

Care to post some details on the topic and your success? :unsure:

jaclaz

So this is not wireless functionality? Are you sure it seems like they are talking about wireless.

I will but let me put my information together.

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You do know they Talk about wired port based auth and not wireless

Then, being the title of this thread "New support for wifi", and seeing what Eagle710 posted, does it means that BOTH gosh and Eagle710 are lieing? :ph34r::w00t:

@Eagle710

Care to post some details on the topic and your success? :unsure:

jaclaz

jaclaz i just copied my post from a Microsoft blog. All content was directly from microsoft. So its not a question of not telling the truth, if Microsoft says it works it works.

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