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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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Modifying txtsetup.sif - Part 2

Copy the lines from the [scsi] heading in your txtsetup.oem file into the new document, also under the [scsi] heading. It should look like the below example featuring a 3Ware Escalade RAID card:

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

Now let's fill in the [sourceDisksFiles] heading. Put the name of your SATA/RAID controller's .sys driver file (fasttrak.sys, for example) first, followed by an '= ' (equal sign) then the following string:


The complete line under the [SourceDisksFiles] heading should read:

(yourdrivername).sys = 1,,,,,,3_,4,1

Now to the [SCSI.load] heading; copy the text from the [scsi] section and paste it in under [SCSI.load], then delete everything after the equal sign. You should be left with:

(yourSATA/RAID controller name) =

Now after the equals sign, add the name of your .sys driver file as in the [SourceDisksFiles] heading above, followed by ', 4'. The complete line should look like this:

(yourSATA/RAID controller name) = (yourdrivername).sys, 4

Finally we come to the [HardwareIdsDatabase] heading. We need to do a little detective work to fill this one in. In the txtsetup.oem file, there should be one or more '[hardwareids.scsiā€¦] entries, like the example one shown below:

id="PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_6268&SUBSYS_4d68105A", "Fasttrak"

What we need are the first set of values in quotes, starting with 'PCI\VEN_' below each of these headings. From the above example, the example part we need would be:


Copy each entire 'PCI\VEN_' quoted line and paste it into your new notepad document under [HardwareIdsDatabase], without the quotes. This part of your new notepad document should now look something like the following, but will be specific to the RAID/SATA card you are working with:


Depending on the driver, there may be any number of these entries, but there should always be at least one.

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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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