0windows 8 logoAdding drivers to windows 10 boot image on WDS on Server 2012 R2

I have enough PCs in the house that I set up a WDS server to make it easier to reinstall windows if any of them go wrong. They have a lot of different hardware and so I needed to add some drivers to the boot image which is from a Windows 10 retail DVD. However, I got an error when trying to add them because the version of DISM used by WDS on server 2012 is older than the version required by Windows 10 images

The error I got was “the following driver package could not be added to the image”

You can manually add the drivers using a newer version of DISM which is included with WAIK for Windows 10

However, you can also force WDS on server 2012 to use the newer DISM…

  1. Install WAIK
  2. Change the properties of the shortcut for “Windows Deployment Services” so that the “start in” entry says “C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\amd64\DISM\”
  3. In System32 take ownership, change permissions and then delete (or rename) DISM.exe and DISMapi.dll

Thanks to Dale Mahalko on the TechNet forums

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