Thursday, April 10, 2014

Intel Management Engine drivers crashes during Windows 7 setup

When deploying Intel Management Engine Drivers on Windows 7 systems, it's possible that the following error message is displayed during setup: "Windows could not configure one or more system components. To install Windows, restart the computer and the restart the installation". After reboot another error message is displayed most of time: "The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows click OK to restart the computer, and then restart the installation". After that you can deploy Windows 7 all over again.

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To solve the crash during Windows 7 setup an hotfix must be installed. This is Kernel-Mode Driver Framework (KMDF) version 1.11. You can find that one here: Download Center. This hotfix must be installed before Windows 7 setup takes place. You have the following possibilities here:
-Exclude the Intel Management Engine drivers and install them during Windows deployment instead of during Windows PE.
-Install the KMDF 1.11 update to the WIM image using DISM. That way it's already in place during deployment.
-Install the KMDF 1.11 update during OS deployment after applying Windows 7, but before the "Setup Windows and ConfigMgr step".

I would suggest applying the KMDF 1.11 update during the task sequence. To do this just create a new package containing the hotfix, then run a command to apply the hotfix using DISM. You can find more information on that here: OSD – Injecting the Windows 7 Kernel Mode Driver Framework (KMDF)

In my case it was working first time during Windows 7 setup. Just great!

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