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Creating a Windows XP auto-install disc Part 2, Integrating all your drivers into the disc!

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    Posted 11 November 2008 - 01:46 PM

    Part 1 - Creating a Windows XP auto-install disc

    OK, so you've got your install disc setup installing automatically which is great (Part 1 here) but how much of a pain is it that your screen is best viewed wearing milk bottles and your sound driver has sounds like a horn?!! Well, here's the good news ... you can integrate to your CD almost every driver your machine could wish for which means when your installation has finished all your drivers will be installed as well!! Here's how to do it ...

    NOTE: Integrating these driverpacks to your CD will seriously inflate it's size therefore you will need to write your finished project to a DVD rather than a CD. It is possible to reduce the size of your project considerably to accomodate integrating the driverpacks on a CD although personally I wouldn't recommend it as I've done this in the past with horrible results coming from removing certain elements!.

    1. You'll need to get your files back onto the hard drive (or if you've still got them from part 1 then great),

    2. Now go to http://driverpacks.net/driverpacks/latest and start downloading all the individual driverpacks, or at least the one's you want to integrate into your CD. If you're pushed for space on the CD, at a minimum I would recommend integrating the LAN and Wireless pack then at least this way you will have internet access once your machine is built and can start downloading the other drivers from the manufacturers website once you've protected your machine with antivirus, etc.

    IMPORTANT: Remember never to build a computer ONLINE!. Always disconnect your machine from the internet BEFORE installing your operating system!.

    Allow yourself a bit of time for these, especially if you don't have a fast internet connection as these files can be rather large!!. TIP: When asked where you want to download these files to, select the "DriverPacks" folder from the extracted folders created from the driverpacks BASE, so for example if you extracted the BASE to "C:\driverpackbase" then download and save all the individual files to "C:\driverpackbase\DriverPacks", this just saves a bit of time moving them later,

    5. OK, so you fell asleep waiting for the individual driverpacks to download but the good news is they're now done, so now we need to go into the driverpacks BASE folders and there you'll see other folders called "3rd party DriverPacks", "bin", "docs", etc (remember, all the individual driverpacks should now be in the "DriverPacks" folder right?). We now need to start up the "DPs_BASE.exe" file. Once you see the driverpack installer box appear you can safely hit the ">" button at the bottom twice to get started,

    6. At the "select location of platform" this is where the driverpack installer needs to know where your CD files are so hit the "Browse" button and choose the location (remember, from part 1 we extracted our files to a folder called "XPCD" so in this example we would 'browse' to that folder). Once you've done this, hit the ">" button to move on,

    7. The next screen will now list the individual driverpacks that you downloaded (remember they must be in the "DriverPacks" folder to work) and as you've just downloaded them they should all be up-to-date. Press the ">" button to continue,

    8. Now at this point you can do 1 or 2 things, if you're happy to go with the defaults for the rest of the way then you can just continue hitting the ">" button until you get to the end or alternatively you can investigate the other setup options by referring to the driverpack or MSFNs site. Personally, I choose to use the defaults as they provide the optimum experience and I have never ran into any trouble using those settings so for the purposes of not having this article go on all day I'll assume you're happy with the defaults and so you can continue pressing the ">" button until you reach the end at which point the ">" button will dissapear and you would then simply hit the "Slipstream!" button to start the process.

    What happens next is the driverpack installer will begin integrating your drivers to the installation files which could take anything between 5-10 minutes. Once it's done you'll be prompted accordingly.

    Now all you need to do is burn the files you took from your original CD back onto a DVD (again, remember in our example we extracted our CD files to the "XPCD" folder therefore it is all the files within this folder that are to be burnt).

    If all has went well, you should now be able to install XP onto any machine, whether it's a laptop or a desktop without the need to install additional drivers when it's finished it's setup!!

    Happy Days
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