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Microsoft KB Archive/170844

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Msbatch.inf Parameters: Installing PCMCIA Network Adapter Driver


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 95


This article describes how to perform a batch installation of Windows 95 using an Msbatch.inf file and a PCMCIA (PC Card) network adapter with drivers supplied by the manufacturer (not included with Windows 95).


Microsoft does not encourage or support changes to .inf files; therefore, Microsoft Technical Support does not support the procedure in this article. Although we have tested the following procedure and it appears to function as described, make a backup copy of your .inf file before you proceed.

When you install Windows 95 over a network using a PCMCIA network adapter, the network adapter is not recognized until after the PCMCIA wizard runs. By the time the PCMCIA wizard runs, the temporary folder containing the PCMCIA network adapter drivers created by Setup has already been deleted. Because of this, Setup stops and prompts you for the network adapter driver disk provided by the manufacturer of the adapter. To automate the process, follow these steps:

  1. Use the Inf Installer tool to integrate the manufacturer's .inf file. The Inf Installer tool is located on the Windows 95 CD-ROM in the Admin\Nettools\Netsetup folder. For information about how to use this tool, see the Infinst.txt file in the same folder.

    NOTE: If the PCMCIA network adapter is a multifunction adapter, the manufacturer's driver disk may contain more than one .inf file. If this is the case, use the Inf Installer tool with the .inf file containing the following entry:


    IMPORTANT: If the Inf Installer tool does not integrate the .inf file successfully, there may be a problem with the .inf file. If this occurs, contact the manufacturer to inquire about obtaining an updated .inf file. You cannot complete this procedure without an updated file that works with the Inf Installer tool.

  2. Copy the network adapter's driver and .inf file from the manufacturer's driver disk to the NetSetup folder on your server.
  3. Run Batch 2.0 to create the Msbatch.inf file with the options you want. The following settings are required:

    • Set the installation type to Custom. This is required so that Dial- Up Networking can be added. Dial-Up Networking must be added because there is no detection of the network adapter when the PCMCIA wizard is not run. If there is no detection of the network adapter, the client and protocols are not downloaded to the computer during Setup. Without these files, there is no network connectivity. Adding Dial-Up Networking allows the installation of the client and protocols during Setup.
    • Set Dial-Up Networking to be installed as an optional component.
  4. Save the Msbatch.inf file.
  5. Use any text editor (such as Notepad) to open the Msbatch.inf file. Add the following line to the [Network] section of the file:


    This entry prevents Setup from displaying any dialog boxes that prompt for disks if a network adapter is detected because of real-mode drivers that are currently loaded in memory. It also prevents Setup from attempting to install NDIS2 support for the network adapter instead of 32-bit protected-mode drivers.

  6. In the [Network] section of the file, verify that this line is present:


  7. Create these sections and entries in the file:






    NOTE: <optional_file_name> is the name of the second .inf file if the device is a multifunction adapter. Generally, there is an .inf file for the network adapter driver, and one for the other device (usually a modem). If the PCMCIA device is not a multifunction device, this line is not necessary.

    During Setup, the temporary folder created by Setup is removed after the first reboot, along with the files necessary to run the PCMCIA adapter that were initially copied during setup. The entries listed above ensure that the driver and .inf files are copied during the file- copy phase of Setup and placed in the correct folders as specified in the [DestinationDirs] folder setting.

    For more information about the destination folder values, see appendix C, pages 1166-1167, of the Windows 95 Resource Kit.

  8. Add the following section and line to the file. This line starts the PCMCIA wizard to detect the PCMCIA sockets and provide support for the PCMCIA adapter:


    NOTE: This line should be typed as a single line. It has been wrapped in this article for readability purposes.

  9. In the [Install] section, create these entries:

    CopyFiles=<section_to_copy_vxd>, <section_to_copy_inf>

    NOTE: The first entry tells Setup to run the section added in step 8. The second entry tells Setup to run the sections added in step 7.

  10. Run Windows 95 Setup.

The PCMCIA adapter should be detected automatically as one of the final steps in Setup and the drivers loaded automatically from the hard disk as outlined in the .INF file's instructions.

Additional query words: automate pccard oem nic

Keywords : kbhw kbsetup win95
Issue type :
Technology : kbWin95search kbWin95

Last Reviewed: December 15, 2000
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