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lawson23

unattended.xml help!

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Ok so in the xml file I would put: $OEM$\$1\DRV

No :no: , just like I said <Path>%systemdrive%\DRV</Path>

I do not know if that altiris will use the $OEM$ same way as intended

Well I started a test late Friday and had to leave and so far it appears that this did work:

<Path>$OEM$\$1\DRV</Path>   

Going to run another test to be sure.

2nd test also worked great. So far it looks like this solves my problems regarding drivers. Any comments regarding it?

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2nd test also worked great. So far it looks like this solves my problems regarding drivers. Any comments regarding it?

Sure, attach the setupact.log from Windows\$Panther folder on installed system. I gotta see this.

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I could not attach the log file because of the size so I have pasted what I think is the important pieces.

2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info                  IBS    InstallWindows:Successfully loaded resource language [en-US]
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info [0x0601c1] IBS InstallWindows:Install Path = \\BER-AP21.motorwheelcvs.com\deployment\Task Handler\SOI\63b172c3-308d-4929-a8f5-8d8148ac7be3\sources
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info [0x0601c2] IBS InstallWindows:Setup Phase = 2
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info [0x0601e9] IBS CheckWinPEVersion:Compatible WinPE Version 6.0.6001 sp 1.0
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info [0x0601c9] IBS InstallWindows:Starting a new install from WinPE
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info IBS InstallWindows: Setup working directory = X:\Windows\panther
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info [0x0601ce] IBS Setup has started phase 2 at 2013-01-21 16:58:48
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info [0x0601cf] IBS Install source is \\BER-AP21.motorwheelcvs.com\deployment\Task Handler\SOI\63b172c3-308d-4929-a8f5-8d8148ac7be3\sources
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info [0x0601d0] IBS Build version is 6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850)
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info [0x06403f] IBSLIB CreateSetupBlackboard:Creating a new persistent blackboard. Path is [X:\Windows\panther\SetupInfo] Setup phase is [2]
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info [0x090008] PANTHR CBlackboard::Open: X:\Windows\panther\SetupInfo succeeded.
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info [0x064043] IBSLIB CreateSetupBlackboard:Successfully created/opened Setup black board path is [X:\Windows\panther\SetupInfo]
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info IBS InstallWindows:No UI language from a previous boot was found on the blackboard. Using selected language [en-US].
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info IBS InstallWindows:Setup architecture is [x64]
2013-01-21 16:58:48, Info [0x0601d5] IBS InstallWindows:Starting with Empty Queue. Setup Phase = 2

2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info IBS No <Path> was specified in an <InstallFrom> element for <OSImage>; will assume default one
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info IBS No credentials specified on <InstallFrom> element
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info IBS Callback_SetWinPEAndOSImageInfoOnBB: Cannot set image info as source path is not yet set.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Entering PnP callback to install drivers on WinPE ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver paths ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver directory C:\$WinPEDriver$.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver directory D:\$WinPEDriver$.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver directory X:\$WinPEDriver$.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver directory Z:\$WinPEDriver$.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished checking for pre-configured driver paths.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Reading driver paths from unattend.xml ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: $OEM$\$1\DRV is listed as a driver path in unattend.xml ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished reading driver paths from unattend.xml.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory Audio.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Audio ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Audio.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory chipset.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\chipset ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\chipset.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory misc.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\misc ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\misc.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory modem.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\modem ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\modem.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory nic.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\nic ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\nic.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory SATA_SCSI.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\SATA_SCSI ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\SATA_SCSI.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory Systems.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory e6410.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410 ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory NIC.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file E1K62x64.cat
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file E1K62x64.cat because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file e1k62x64.din
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file e1k62x64.din because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file E1K62x64.INF
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Added driver $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF to the list of drivers.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file e1k62x64.sys
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file e1k62x64.sys because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file e1kmsg.dll
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file e1kmsg.dll because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file NicCo36.dll
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file NicCo36.dll because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file NicInstK.dll
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file NicInstK.dll because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file PROUnstl.exe
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file PROUnstl.exe because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file Version.txt
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file Version.txt because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory e6420.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6420 ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6420.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory Video.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory ATI.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\ATI ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\ATI.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory Intel.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\Intel ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\Intel.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory nvidia.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\nvidia ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\nvidia.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: The class GUID for INF $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF is 4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: The class GUID 4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 is not boot-critical.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: The driver $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF is not boot-critical and hence it will not be installed.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Exiting PnP callback to install drivers on WinPE ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Entering PnP callback to add drivers to the offline image ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver paths ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver directory C:\$WinPEDriver$.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver directory D:\$WinPEDriver$.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver directory X:\$WinPEDriver$.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver directory Z:\$WinPEDriver$.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished checking for pre-configured driver paths.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Reading driver paths from unattend.xml ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: $OEM$\$1\DRV is listed as a driver path in unattend.xml ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished reading driver paths from unattend.xml.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory Audio.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Audio ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Audio.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory chipset.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\chipset ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\chipset.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory misc.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\misc ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\misc.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory modem.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\modem ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\modem.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory nic.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\nic ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\nic.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory SATA_SCSI.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\SATA_SCSI ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\SATA_SCSI.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory Systems.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory e6410.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410 ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory NIC.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file E1K62x64.cat
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file E1K62x64.cat because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file e1k62x64.din
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file e1k62x64.din because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file E1K62x64.INF
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Added driver $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF to the list of drivers.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file e1k62x64.sys
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file e1k62x64.sys because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file e1kmsg.dll
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file e1kmsg.dll because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file NicCo36.dll
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file NicCo36.dll because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file NicInstK.dll
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file NicInstK.dll because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file PROUnstl.exe
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file PROUnstl.exe because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the file Version.txt
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Skipping the file Version.txt because it is not an INF file.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory e6420.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6420 ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6420.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory Video.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory ATI.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\ATI ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\ATI.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory Intel.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\Intel ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\Intel.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Found the directory nvidia.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Building the list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\nvidia ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video\nvidia.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV\Video.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Finished building list of drivers in the path $OEM$\$1\DRV.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Driver $OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF is being queued up for addition to the offline image.
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info IBS Callback_Compliance_GatherDeviceIDs:Driver package is [$OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF]
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info IBS GatherDeviceIDsInDriverPackage:Driver package path is [$OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF]
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info IBS GatherDeviceIDsInDriverPackage:Successfully gathered device ID's from [$OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF]
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Successfully gathered device ID's from [$OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF]
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info Callback_GatherDiskInfo: Entry: flags = [0x1]; major = [DriveInformation] / minor = [0x90001]
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info RefreshDiskInfo: Using VDS
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info RefreshDiskInfo: Found flag DISKINFO_REENUMERATE_DISKS



2013-01-21 17:15:05, Info [0x0602a4] IBS CallBack_AddDriverPackageIntoDriverStore:Driver package path is [$OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF]
2013-01-21 17:15:05, Info [0x0602b2] IBS CallBack_AddDriverPackageIntoDriverStore:Driver package is [NOT critical]
2013-01-21 17:15:05, Info IBS AddDriverPackageIntoDriverStore:Driver package path is [$OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF]
2013-01-21 17:15:05, Info IBS AddDriverPackageIntoDriverStore:Image architecture is [0x9]
2013-01-21 17:15:05, Info IBS AddDriverPackageIntoDriverStore:System root is [C:\Windows]
2013-01-21 17:15:05, Info IBS AddDriverPackageIntoDriverStore:System drive is [C:\]
2013-01-21 17:15:08, Info [0x0602b0] IBS AddDriverPackageIntoDriverStore:Successfully added the driver package [$OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF] into driver store. Destination driver package path is [C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\e1k62x64.inf_amd64_neutral_bfac63e16fb1c2b4\E1K62x64.INF]
2013-01-21 17:15:08, Info [0x0602a8] IBS CallBack_AddDriverPackageIntoDriverStore:Successfully installed the driver package [$OEM$\$1\DRV\Systems\e6410\NIC\E1K62x64.INF]. Driver store path is [C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\e1k62x64.inf_amd64_neutral_bfac63e16fb1c2b4\E1K62x64.INF]
2013-01-21 17:15:08, Info IBS Callback_AddDriverPackageIntoDriverStore: Checking for iSCSI deployment scenario

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I could not attach the log file because of the size so I have pasted what I think is the important pieces.

You can see it searches for the $WinPEDriver$

PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver paths ...
2013-01-21 16:58:56, Info PnPIBS: Checking for pre-configured driver directory C:\$WinPEDriver$.

Was the folders on the target drive just like that? $OEM$\$1\DRV

Reason I ask is I wanted to know if that altiris copied the folders to the drive same way Windows installer does, apparently not cause Windows would have just placed the DRV folder on root

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the drv folder exist on the root just like Windows would handle it.

It looks on the pc like C:\DRV

not $oem$\$1\drv

If I create a $WinPEDriver$ folder like $oem$\$1\$winpedriver$\driverfoldersandfiles

What happens to this folder later does it stay on the machine at c:\$winpedriver$?

Either way what I'm doing above appears to be working. Not sure how or why but hey it is working.

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If I create a $WinPEDriver$ folder like $oem$\$1\$winpedriver$\driverfoldersandfiles

What happens to this folder later does it stay on the machine at c:\$winpedriver$?

Either way what I'm doing above appears to be working. Not sure how or why but hey it is working.

It stays on the drive just like the DRV. Could run a cmd during firstlogoncommands to delete it.

Nope I don't see how that worked either but it did lay it down on the drive, thats why I said all path would just have to be is %systemdrive%\DRV

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Nope I don't see how that worked either but it did lay it down on the drive, thats why I said all path would just have to be is %systemdrive%\DRV

My problem with %systemdrive%\DRV is that I did try c:\drv with no success. Maybe it likes the varibles better than hard paths I have yet to try %systemdrive%\DRV.

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YOINKS!!!

I may be missing the boat here, but doesn't Vista/7/2k8 create a "booting" partition initially (100-200mb?) and THEN the SystemDrive (the OS) after it? Wouldn't that booger up the use of "hard-code"? :unsure: Seems that you would have to pre-partition it to get around it(?).

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproinstall/thread/5f9e147e-32de-4a69-80eb-86f1b10f1c4c

Note that 2K/XP/2K3 Installs differ from Vista/7/2k8 in that respect (no extra partition).

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Nope I don't see how that worked either but it did lay it down on the drive, thats why I said all path would just have to be is %systemdrive%\DRV

My problem with %systemdrive%\DRV is that I did try c:\drv with no success. Maybe it likes the varibles better than hard paths I have yet to try %systemdrive%\DRV.

From my very limited understanding, yes that is your problem. You need to use the variables. The actual drive letters are changing from within the PE installation environment to the actual OS installed result, so the variables should help negotiate that for you.

Cheers and Regards

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YOINKS!!!

I may be missing the boat here, but doesn't Vista/7/2k8 create a "booting" partition initially (100-200mb?) and THEN the SystemDrive (the OS) after it? Wouldn't that booger up the use of "hard-code"? :unsure: Seems that you would have to pre-partition it to get around it(?).

yep you did miss but only cause you didn't know, it don't count the hidden Recovery partition

Gets worse if you unhide that partition and that changes all the rest of your drive letters. I choose not to create it so i can keep my backup drive set as D so all my shortcuts stay intact

And as bphlpt stated below you,

Installer uses any free drive letter initially so Win 7 install could even be on L drive but after extraction and reboot it changes it to C:\, even with another installed Windows OS which it changes its letter to next available. The boot menu when it starts changes each Win install letter to C

You can change that but not worth the headache to me

so to sum it all up when Win 7 boots Windows will be on %systemdrive%

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