Inject PNP Drivers in Windows 7 post deployment

 If you need a process to find and install drivers post process (after Windows or later as an update)

  1. Populate this key with a path to your drivers
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\UnattendSettings\PnPUnattend\DriverPaths\1
    Path = “d:\Drivers”
    <- String
  2. From a script, batch, MDT, setupcomplete.cmd, whatever, Run pnpunattend.exe
    (built into Windows 7 and also there for Vista )

Example: Pnpunattend.exe auditsystem

You can use /s to just search the drivers but not install.  Also, use the /L to output to command so you can pipe into a file if needed.

USAGE:

   PnPUnattend.exe [auditSystem | /help /? /h] [/s] [/L]

       auditSystem   Online driver install.

       /help /? /h    This help.

       /s             Search without installing.

       /L             Print Logging information to the command line.

A “Set Network Location” dialog box appears when you first log on to a domain-joined Windows 7-based client computer

If you get a prompt to Set Network Location (See Figure 1) in Windows 7 on a domain-joined computer, there is a hotfix from MS to resolve this issue.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2028749/en-us

Package the hotfix and deploy as a Task in the OSD or MDT Task Sequence as part of the Windows 7 deployment.

Figure 1

How to deploy Windows 7 Taskbar Pinned Icons by Group Policy

 

Question: How to deploy Windows 7 Taskbar Pinned Icons by Group Policy

Answer: Windows 7 taskbar pinned icons are stored in the following locations:

File System:
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

Registry:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband]

To deploy it, you can perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Pinned items on a Windows 7 system as a reference computer.
  2. Export Reigstry Key to pinned.reg file:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband]
  3. And copy items in the “%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar” to a shared folder.  

Create a logon script to deploy the registry keys and copy the corresponding files.

More Information
If you want to pin items to the Start Menu, you may refer to the following script:
Pin Items to the Start Menu or Windows 7 Taskbar via Script

http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys/archive/2009/04/08/pin-items-to-the-start-menu-or-windows-7-taskbar-via-script.aspx