Create universal Windows 10 image? Solved

  1.    14 Aug 2017 #1

    Create universal Windows 10 image?

    Hello, I am trying to create a universal windows 10 image based off of Enterprise X64 for work. A lot has changed since Windows 7, but for the most part ive got the image doing what I need it to do (Auto domain binding, prompting for computer name, auto wifi binding etc..) except for one very critical aspect......drivers! In windows 7, you could just dump all of your drivers into the inf\driverpacks folder, and windows 7 would look there for any system drivers that it needed. Well, apparently windows 10 doesnt do that anymore. I tried using dpinst64 and calling it from a runsynchronous command during the specialize phase, but even then it didnt install any of my drivers. After the image is applied, I can manually point the devices to the drivers I have in the inf\driverpacks folder, and it will install them fine, so I know I have the appropriate drivers on the system. Does anyone have any idea how to create a fully universal system image from Windows 10? If only we could have 7 forever

    EDIT - Im using sysprep, then capturing/deploying the image locally using clonezilla. Im capturing off of a VM.
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  2.    14 Aug 2017 #2

    So I added a command during the specialize phase that calls dpinst64 to install all the drivers in the driverpacks folder, but windows comes up with an error during install. Complaining about the microsoft-windows-deployment component, so I guess its back to the drawing board on that one. Anyone else have any info/links?
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  3.    14 Aug 2017 #3

    OK well maybe this should be a sticky, I figured it out.
    Where Windows Searches for Drivers | Microsoft Docs
    How to add a driver to the DriverStore Premier Field Engineering

    With those 2 pages combined (and a couple others) I was able to find the default driver folder for W10, and after adding my drivers in pre-sysprep, I was able to deploy the image and it automagically installed everything for me. Im really surprised there isnt a lot of info on this yet, its a fairly simple process that can have a big impact on efficiency.
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       14 Aug 2017 #4

    One thing to keep in mind is that the Enterprise and Education editions are somewhat different from the Home/Core and Professional editions. The downloadable .iso files for 32-bit version or 64-bit version will, during install, determine whether the Home or Pro edition is installed based upon the qualifying Product Key of Win7 w/SP1 or Win8.1 and qualifying hardware [CPU type]. Reinstalls will check the Digital License database of Microsoft. I wouldn't base anything upon the Enterprise and Education editions if installing for most consumers/users, could lead to an Activation nightmare. Things are a bit different if buying Win10 Retail and installing on new or qualifying hardware. The OEM editions are more restricted, always have been.
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