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Unable to install Intel Ethernet driver using Windows XP Remote Installation Services (RIS) - NetVista / ThinkCentre

Symptom
You may find that Intel Ethernet drivers for Microsoft Windows XP (e*325.inf, e*325.sys) fail to load during the installation of the operating system using Windows XP Remote Installation Services (RIS).

Affected Configurations

  • NetVista 6826, 8181, 8182, 8301, 8303, 8304, 8305, 8306, 8307, 8308, 8309, 8310, 8311, 8312, 8313, 8314, 8315, 8317, 8318 and 8319 systems running Windows XP
  • ThinkCentre 2296, 8183, 8184, 8185, 8186, 8187, 8188, 8189, 8190, 8191, 8192, 8193, 8194, 8195, 8196, 8197, 8198, 8199, 8316, 8320, 8413, 8414, 8415, 8416, 8417, 8418, 8419, 8432, 8433, and 8434 systems running Windows XP
Solution
Use the Intel Ethernet drivers for Microsoft Windows 2000 (e*nt5.inf, e*nt5.sys) during the initial setup of a Windows XP RIS.

NOTE: Windows 2000 drivers should only be used during initial RIS setup. After RIS has completed, use the normal Windows XP network drivers (e*325.inf, e*325.sys) during the operating system installation.

 

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