Importing a block of drivers into an image takes quite a bit of time. This is not important before deployment, but during deployment it can add many minutes to the imaging process. During deployment you really want a process to inspect the target computer and obtain just the drivers required for it. For this we need specialist tools. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 does this. It is interesting to see how it does it.
If you have only a few standard models of computer in the organisation then you can maintain specific Windows 7 images for each. But if you have many models you may want to be able to add or update drivers without capturing a new image.
This piece looks at the different ways you can add drivers, and what happens when you do.