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I posted a similar message on this forum a few days ago. It was lengthy, which might be the reason why I did not receive any answer (see link).


Forum moderators forgive me for the shorter re-post and move/append it as necessary to the old one.

I have been spending a lot of time reading the posts here and on the web since the nLite guide is not very detailed. In a nutshell, I am trying to understand what happens when nLite integrate the drivers I extracted from my OEM XP Install on a Toshiba Satellite Laptop with DriverMax application. My questions started from the message/comment associated with Drive integradtion steps in nLite, recommending to remove the related hardware component.

Does it mean that the "integrated" drivers, some of which are specific to hardware (i.e. OEM), might be overwritten or Windows might choose its generic drivers if newer one are found later on during the install?

In othert words what would happen if I installed without trying to remove any hardware components for which I integrated my drivers with nLite?

Also, I noted that after the integration of drivers there was no $OEM$ folder created.

So what is the difference between the approaches described below:

via WINNT.SIF: http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/view/web/34/

via CD : http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/view/web/35/

- and -

doing a driver integration in custom XP Install with nLite?

I am anxious to start my installation on the real machine. For now I am testing my installs using a VM and try to figure this out by trial and error and researching on the posts.

Thank you in advance for your replies and suggestions.


Edited by dpluigi
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