Beginners guide (Windows XP)

DriverPacks were created for integrating drivers directly into your Windows setup CD, which also happens to make an unnattended installation easier. We are going to assume that you understand the basics of creating an unattended Windows setup CD. Therefore, if you are a complete beginner and want to build an unattended setup CD, we suggest that you first read the excellent tutorials over at MSFN.org.

DriverPacks BASE is an integration program that will take individual DriverPacks (downloaded here or created by yourself) and integrate them into a local 32-bit Windows source for installation on another PC. (installing from the slipstreamed CD or from a RIS networked image.). At the time of this writing, you can use DriverPacks BASE to slipstream the Driverpacks into a Windows 2000, XP or Server 2003 source.

In this tutorial, we will be using a Windows XP Home OEM CD-ROM as source, and DriverPacks BASE 7.04.

Before we start, there are a few items you will need.

  1. Local Windows source (That is a copy of the original Windows CD in a folder on your hard disk.)
  2. DriverPacks BASE
  3. DriverPacks for your hardware — you must not extract them!
  4. Optional: 7-zip (free). (Needed for creating or modifying DriverPacks)

It is highly recommended that you use either nLite or the RyanVM Integrator to integrate all current hotfixes prior to integrating DriverPacks. This will create a secure, up-to-date Windows install with minimal downloads from the Microsoft Update website. Please refer to the above websites for detailed instructions for those programs.

Caution

Once the DriverPacks are integrated into your Windows source, you will not be able to integrate any patches or hotfixes without breaking the DriverPacks. This means that you should run nLite and the RyanVM Integrator before DriverPacks BASE!
The recommended order is:

  1. RyanVM Integrator
  2. nLite
  3. DriverPacks BASE