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Beginners Guides: Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
Beginners Guides: Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations - PCSTATS
Make a customized Windows XP Install CD with all the drivers included, that installs by itself.
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Step 1: Copying the source files to your hard drive

Before we can do anything else, we need to copy the contents of the operating system CD onto the hard disk so we can work with it.

Open 'My Computer' and go to the 'tools\folder options' menu.

Go to the 'view' tab and in 'advanced settings' ensure that the 'show hidden files and folders' option is enabled and the 'hide protected operating system files' options is unchecked. Also, uncheck the 'hide file extensions for known file types' button.

Make a folder called 'bootcd' in the drive you are going to use for this procedure, there needs to be at least 2GB of free space.

Inside the 'bootcd' directory you just created, make the following file folders: Working, Servicepack, Deploy, and Drivers .

Now, insert your operating system CD in to the CD-ROM. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the operating system CD and copy the entire contents of it into your 'bootcd\working' directory. This will take a few minutes to complete. If you are using the WindowsXP installation CD for this guide, you should now have the entire contents of the WinXP CD at your disposal.

Step 2: Downloading and installing the service packs

( Note: these steps are basically identical to those outlined in PCstats' Guide to Slipstreaming WinXP Service Pack 2 but we include them here for the sake of completeness.)

Download the 'network install' of the latest Service Pack for your Windows version. If you are not sure, go to www.microsoft.com and search for your operating system name + service pack (for example 'xp service pack'). The network install version gives you the entire Service Pack download in one large file. It should be 120+ MB in size. Download this to the 'bootcd\servicepack\' folder you just created in the last step.

Now you can use your favourite Zip tool (like WinZip) or WinRAR to unzip the Service Pack files into the same directory.

The 'bootcd\servicepack' directory should now look like this:

Open a command prompt ('start\run') and type 'cmd.' Go to the drive letter that contains your directories and files for this project (type 'c:' or 'd:' for example).

Now navigate to the 'bootcd\servicepack\i386\update' folder by typing:
cd (your drive letter):\bootcd\servicepack\i386\update

Now it's time to use the 'update' program to add (slipstream) the Service Pack drivers into the source files you copied from the CD earlier.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS Beginners 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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