Archive for March, 2006

Extracting or Silent Install of HP SoftPaq Drivers

I do a lot of unattended installs of Windows an find that extracting or silently installing some of the HP Softpaq drivers is quite troublesome. Over time I’ve discovered a number of options that may be helpful:

  • “SPxxxxx.exe is the SoftPaq to unpack
  • “-pdf” is a runtime switch that overrides the build parameters
  • “-f” is a runtime switch that overrides the default path set at build time
  • “-s” instructs the package to unpack in silent mode, skipping the Welcome, License, and Directory screens
  • “-e” instructs the package to extract only, that is, do not run the component installation program.
  • -s -a -silent -reboot (Good for silent installs.)
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