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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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Modifying txtsetup.sif - Part 3

To finish things off, put an '= ' (equal sign) after each 'PCI\VEN_' line, followed by the name of your RAID/SATA controller. This is as found in the first half of the [scsi] entry, with quotation marks. If your [scsi] entry was:

[scsi]
3ware = "3ware Escalade 7000/8000 Series ATA RAID Controller"

then add "3ware" to your [HardwareIdsDatabase] entries after the equals sign.

Your finished [HardwareIdsDatabase] entries should resemble this (though the actual entries and controller name will vary depending on the hardware you are using - in other words what you see below is just an example):

[HardwareIdsDatabase]
PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_6268&SUBSYS_4d68105A = "3ware"
PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_4D30&SUBSYS_4D39105A = "3ware"

Now that we are finished editing, save and name the new notepad document as 'sataboot.txt', then copy all text from this file and paste it onto the end of the txtsetup.sif file. Ensure that the pasted text comes after the rest of the text, but before the ' ' character that marks the end of the document.

Now save the newly modified txtsetup.sif file. We are ready to move to the final stage of Step 4. Here we will add the necessary .sys driver file to the main Windows system files so that it can be accessed during the text-mode installation process.

Open a command prompt ('start\run' then type 'cmd) then type:
Makecab (your drive letter):\bootcd\working\$OEM$\$1\drivers\(your RAID\SATA driver folder)\(the .sys driver filename you used in the text files above).sys (space) (yourdriveletter):\bootcd\working\i386\(.sys driver filename again).sy_

For example, if you were installing a Promise Fasttrak RAID controller (fasttrak.sys) and your 'bootcd' folder was in the 'd:' drive, you would type the following and press ENTER:
Makecab d:\bootcd\working\$OEM$\$1\drivers\fasttrak\fasttrak.sys (space) d:\bootcd\working\i386\fasttrak.sy_

The driver will be added to the main file set, ready for installation upon startup.

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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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