Saturday, May 18, 2013

Adding Intel Rapid Storage Tech drivers to usb 3.0 key for Windows 7 OS installation

So the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool is awesome. It allows you to manipulate Windows Images (.wim files) without having to boot into the image.
For Windows 7 x64 (downloaded from msdn subscription) boot.wim has 2 images. These images are at index 1 (WinPE) and index 2 (Windows Setup).
After following the steps in this article I became curious about DISM.exe. The technical reference for dism.exe is here.
My system uses Intel Rapid Storage SATA drivers that don’t ship with Win 7. So I’d like to see if dism can be used to add the SATA drivers as well (why not? they’re just another set of drivers…).
Copied the files from files\irst\drivers\x64\* to winpe\irst in keeping with the layout recommended in this article. Replaced the filenames with the corresponding .inf files. Let’s see if it works!

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