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RIS with drivers on network share

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I want to build many PCs of differing hardware with RIS and so wish to keep all the drivers (apart from the NICs of course) on a network share. I think I've almost done it, but just can't quite get the last bit to work.

I've created a share which holds all the drivers I need. I then use a cmdlines.txt to alter the registry path for devices to point at that location as well as the default Windows\INF folder:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DevicePath

\\servername\drivers$

On bootup I get quite a few unknown devices in device manager, however if I check the registry location, it is pointing in the right place, so I know that the cmdlines.txt ran ok. Also, if I now delete all the unknown devices and hit the "scan for hardware changes" button, then all the devices are found immediately :blink:

Why do you think this is happening?

Is the cmdlines.txt ran too late in the install? i.e. after all the drivers are already found. If so, is there a way to automatically tell XP to rescan for hardware changes?

Thanks for your replies.

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Networking is not available during device enumeration (T-39). What I do is use Bashrat the Sneaky's Method 2 with RIS. I detail it in my RIS guide.

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