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Automate The Installation Of Windows XP
You can create a CD that can install Windows XP automatically,
putting in all the details and answering all the dialog boxes. The
secret behind this is the answer file, which tells Windows what to do
while it's installing. The answer file can be created using Windows
setup manager. Using this tool, you can make the answer file so
powerful that you can even tell Windows to include or exclude
individual components, set the display resolution, and more. Here's the
Steps involved in creating XP Automated Installation Disc :-
To begin with, insert your Windows XP installation CD into the drive
and copy the entire contents of the CD to a new folder on your hard
Step 2: Navigate to the Support > Tools folder
on the CD and double-click the Deploy.cab file. Copy all the files to a
new folder on your hard disk.
Step 3: The crucial part
begins now, creating the answer file. To execute the windows setup
manager, double click the Setupmgr.exe file from the contents of the
Deploy.cab, which you just copied onto the hard drive.
The first few steps of the wizard are self explanatory. Select the
following options from the successive dialog boxes. Create a new answer
file; Windows unattended installation (Select the appropriate Windows
version); "Fully automated"; "No this answer file will be used to
install from CD"; and finally, accept the license agreement.
Under the General Settings, you can customize the installation of
Windows by providing the default name and organization, display
settings, time zone and the product key. Fill in the fields using the
drop-down list or by keying in the details. If you don't select an
option from the drop-down list, the default values will be used.
After you are done click Finish and save the answer file as "winnt.sif"
when you are prompted. Advanced users can further tweak the answer file
by referring to the Help file called Ref.chm in the same folder.
Step 7: Finally copy the answer file to i386 folder in the Windows XP installation folder you created in the beginning.
Step 8: To burn a bootable installation disc, you need the boot sector of the Windows XP CD. Download it from here bootfiles.zip
Launch Nero and select CD-ROM (Boot) from the New Compilation dialog
box. Under the Boot tab, specify the boot sector file you downloaded
and extracted. Set the emulation as "No emulation", and keep the boot
message blank. Most importantly, remember to set the "Number of loaded
sectors" as 4.
Step 10: Under the Burn tab, set the
write method to disc at-once. Click the New button to to begin adding
files and folders to the compilation. Drag all the contents of the
Windows XP installation disc that you copied to your hard drive (with
the answer file in the i386 folder) into the left pane. Insert a blank
CD into the optical drive and hit burn button. Your windows automated
installation Disc is ready!
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