Monday, April 28, 2008

Vista: Unattended Installation

To install Windows from the product DVD


Turn on the new computer and insert the removable media containing the answer file (Autounattend.xml) and the Windows Vista product DVD.


Restart the computer (CTRL+ALT+DEL). Windows Vista Setup (Setup.exe) starts automatically and searches all removable media for an answer file named Autounattend.xml.


After Setup is complete, ensure that all customizations in the answer file were applied as specified.


From the command prompt, type the following command to reseal (generalize) and shut down the computer:

C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /shutdown

The Sysprep tool (Sysprep.exe) in this command prepares the image for capture by cleaning up various user and machine settings and log files.

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