What do you need in your notebook image?
One of the more common questions asked for us to answer or advise upon is what should be added to the image when customers are creating their own build. Now the easy answer is to just say “everything that is included in the OEM image” however, as you probably know that is not always feasible for many reasons.
We therefore started to look at what would be the absolute minimum that needed to be installed that would ensure the functionality if the notebook itself was not compromised. Initially you might think that all you needed was the bare metal INF drivers (yes, we have those available and more on where from later), but while this would get you a clean Device Manager listing it would not give you 100% functionality, nor would these lapses show up immediately.
There follows a list of software installation orders that can be implemented via a manual build or a deployment (MDT/SCCM) process so, to install a clean image look to include the following on your vanilla Windows7/8.1 OS (please note that not everything will be needed depending on your requirements – those in bold type are considered must haves:-
[Note1: the above order is for a manual build. If using deployment systems step 5 would occur after the vanilla OS load. In a manual build step 5 can be performed first if wished]
[Note2: Deploying the WiDi utility remotely and silently can prove to be problematic. This is an Intel application and it is widely reported that it does not lend itself to easy remote deployment and it is hoped that future versions will correct this with a corporate version]
Silent install of the full packaged drivers
As standard our drivers and utilities are encompassed in a TCxxxxxx.exe package. This means implementation into deployment systems is easier as the silent unattended install switch is ”-s -scm”. So the TC package command line install would be TCxxxxxxx.exe -s -scm
Components of the Value Add Package
To install the various components of the Value Added Pack it is necessary to add the relevant switches to the end of the package name. The table below shows the various switches, so to install the System Driver and the Flash Cards the command would be: TCXXXXXX\Setup.exe /S /TSD /TFC
|/S||This parameter has the first priority. If you don’t add the parameter, all of other parameters will become invalid; if you don’t add the other parameter, it will do nothing.|
|/ALL:||This parameter has the second priority. If this parameter exists, all of the Sub-Components will be installed if the machine supports these Sub-Components.|
|/REMOVEALL||This parameter has the second priority, If this parameter exists, all of the Sub-Components will be uninstalled if the machine has installed these Sub-Components.|
|/REMOVE||If this parameter exists，you can uninstall the specified component.|
|/TSD||TOSHIBA System Drive will be installed.|
|/TPU||TOSHIBA Password Utility will be installed, if this machine supports this utility.|
|/THW||TOSHIBA HWSetup will be installed, if this machine supports this utility.|
|/PCD||TOSHIBA PC Diagnostic Tool will be installed.|
|/TPS||TOSHIBA Power Saver and TOSHIBA Battery Manager will be installed, if this machine supports these utilities.|
|/TFC||TOSHIBA Flash Cards will be installed.|
|/REMOVE /TSD||TOSHIBA System Drive will be installed, if this machine installed this utility|
|/REMOVE /TPU||TOSHIBA Password Utility will be uninstalled, ,if this machine installed this utility|
|/REMOVE/THW||TOSHIBA HWSetup will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utility|
|/REMOVE /PCD||TOSHIBA PC Diagnostic Tool will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utility|
|/REMOVE /TPS||TOSHIBA Power Saver and TOSHIBA Battery Manager will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utilities.|
|/REMOVE /TFC||TOSHIBA Flash Cards will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utility|
Now, where to get the INF files from?
Our FTP site contains all of the drivers for our B2B models in both bare metal INF and also fully packed EXE files. The FTP can be accessed via:-
We are in the process of setting up a new, larger FTP site with a web interface to go alongside the tradition FTP client style access. As soon as we have this ready we will let you all know, and of course for a period of time we will run the two sites in tandem.
Hopefully the above has been helpful. Be sure to check back to this blog from time-to-time to check for latest posts, or better still register your email address to receive an alert when a new posting is available.
Until the next time,
Your Toshiba B2B Consultant Team