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I know it can be done as that is effectively what Dell did for their own supplied disks, I will have to go back and have another look at the differences between theirs and retail disks
This for example is in the [SourceDiskFiles] section of TXTSETUP.SIF
IaStor.x86 = 1,,,,,,,300,0,0,IaStor.sys
iaahci.cat = 1,,,,,,,300,0,0
iaahci.inf = 1,,,,,,,300,0,0
IaStor.sys = 1,,,,,,4_,4,1,,,1,4
iastor.inf = 1,,,,,,,300,0,0
iastor.cat = 1,,,,,,,300,0,0
but I know there is much more involved than this! I was hoping somebody might have documented it.
The Intel option of using F6 is a non-starter as few systems have FDDs now (I am not sure if I even have any disks) and very few USB drives seem to be detected.
As for Windows 7 being popular, virtually all statistical reports for desktop operating systems show Windows XP still being several percentage points ahead of 7 despite it being withdrawn from sale and off of support (you can forget Vista). I personally think the situation is probably worse than that as many older systems are invisible to the analysis techniques used. I still have to support XP with legacy applications installed. The ****** still has a significant Windows NT4 population! (can't say who)
By all accounts Windows 8 is going to be an even bigger bomb than Vista and the majority of upgrades will be from 7 so reducing its market share, XP users will avoid it like the plague.