I thought I would give everyone a heads up on a cool project I stumbled across. I've found it to be extremely useful. It's a work in progress so there are still bugs but it has a very strong community and lots of beta testers.
If anyone has ever tried to slipstream drivers into XP you know how much of a PITA it is. Here is a brief descriptiob from B‚shrat the Sneaky, the author of Driverpacks.
"How did it come into existance? (A brief history)I've started these DriverPacks because I wanted to achieve a Uniform UXPCD. Why in the world would you want support for all available hardware, I hear you thinking. Well, that's easy to explain: to be able to use these unattended Windows XP installation CD's on any computer (of course one that's capable of running Windows XP). So in that thread at MSFN.org I asked how I could do that. Of course people were laughing at me (a quote: "I think you'd be naive to think you'd be able to fit the (latest) drivers of every device made since XP was launched, on the one cd"). After a while I decided to just try it, and I started the DriverPack Sound. It was a hell to get it fully working, but the positive feedback kept me continuing. Later DriverPack LAN was added and also DriverPack MassStorage (this last one was started by RyanVM). In January '05 I released DriverPack WLAN, which contains about 250 drivers (at that time)! This one has without a doubt the largest collection until now. In February, DriverPack Graphics has become available. This one has been split into three parts: A, B and C. DriverPack Graphics A supports the ATI Radeon series and the nVidia GeForce and GeForce Go series (current low-, mid- and high- end GPU's), while DP Graphics B supports the older and rather exotic graphics cards. DriverPack Graphics C contains the drivers for the professional GPU's: ATI's and nVidia's Quadro series. DriverPack Chipset has also been added to the list! DriverPack Sound has also been split into two parts (A and B) because of its size. DriverPack CPU, a tiny DriverPack, contains the AMD K8 CPU drivers. This (nearly) completes the circle: all important device drivers are now available in the form of DriverPacks! Each of these DriverPacks support the widest variety of controllers in their category: even brands of whom you've never heard are included! At the moment there is support for hundreds of devices (Chipset, Graphics (A, B and C), LAN, MassStorage, Sound (A and B) and WLAN)."
I found driverpacks.net in 2006 and was pleasantly suprised by the results I had with the first slipstreamed builds I did back then.
Their news page now offers a new release candidate with support for XP-SP3, it includes the Microsoft DPinst.exe with a little addon script so one can use the DVD for driver rollout whithout running setup, and it will do a better cleanup routine when the program is integrating drivers into a source it was used on before..
One of the people there wrote a tool which will use the driverpack downloads and is primarily aimed ar making a drivers only disc so you can then run Microsoft's DPinst.
(no integration.. a simple tool to do driver install. Far as I know, it will use the specialised exception routines created by the driverpacks team.)
I became part of the driverpack team and see a good many improvements were worked on, and while nothing will ever be perfect, it can be a real timesaver.
When I saw this topic, I was pleased to see you recommend this.