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Beginners Guides: Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations

Beginners Guides: Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations - PCSTATS
Abstract: Make a customized Windows XP Install CD with all the drivers included, that installs by itself.
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Step 2 Con't: Installing the service packs

While still in the command prompt, type the following line and press ENTER to slipstream the Service Pack drivers into the source files you just copied from the CD:
update -n -s:(your drive letter):\bootcd\working

A window will pop up detailing the progress of the slipstreaming operation.

When the process is finished, close the window. The source files in the 'bootcd\working' directory are now fully updated with the latest Service pack, and we're ready to move on to the next step.

Step 3: Creating text files for unattended installation

If you want Windows XP to install itself without any questions or user intervention, you need to create an answer file which will automatically fill in the blanks for you. In Windows 2000/XP, this file is called 'winnt.sif.' To create this text-based file, you will need to use the Windows Setup Manager tool included on your WinXP CD.

To locate and install this software, insert your WinXP CD, navigate to the drive in Explorer and open the 'support\tools' folder. Use your favourite archiving application like WinZip or WinRAR to extract the 'deploy.cab' file into the 'deploy' folder you created in Step 1. Navigate to the 'deploy' folder and run 'setupmgr.exe.'

The Windows Setup Manager program runs you through a series of questions and uses the answers to create an 'unattended.txt' file which when renamed to winnt.sif, allows a fully unattended install of Windows XP to proceed.

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Contents of Article: PCstats Guides
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
 Pg 2.  Step 1: Copying the source files to your hard drive
 Pg 3.  — Step 2 Con't: Installing the service packs
 Pg 4.  Step 3. Windows Setup Manager
 Pg 5.  Step 4: Adding RAID/SATA text-mode drivers
 Pg 6.  Step 4B: Modifying Winnt.sif for driver installation
 Pg 7.  Modifying txtsetup.sif - Part 2
 Pg 8.  Modifying txtsetup.sif - Part 3
 Pg 9.  Step 5: Adding plug-and-play drivers to the CD
 Pg 10.  Step 6: Extracting the boot image and creating a custom boot CD
 Pg 11.  Burning a bootable CD con't
 Pg 12.  Troubleshooting the customized Windows XP unattended install CD

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