Windows XP Unattended Installations with Windows Setup Manager

Step 1: Extract Windows XP Deployment Tools

1. Insert the Windows XP Professional CD-ROM.

2. If the Welcome To Microsoft Windows XP screen opens automatically, click Exit to close the screen.

3. In Windows Explorer, Open C drive and create a folder named 'Deploy'.

4. In Windows Explorer, open your CD-ROM drive and locate the 'Support\Tools\' folder. In the Tools folder, double-click Deploy.cab.

5. Select all the files listed in Deploy.cab.

6. Press CTRL+C to copy the selected files.

7. In Windows Explorer, open the Deploy folder that you created on the C drive.

8. In the Deploy folder that you created, paste the files (Shortcut Key: CTRL + V).



Step 2: Create a answer file using Windows Setup Manager



1. In Windows Explorer, locate the C:\Deploy folder.

2. Double-click Setupmgr.exe.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard will starts.

3. Click Next.
The New Or Existing Answer File page appears.

4. Select Create A New Answer File, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Product To Install page.

5. Select Unattended Installation, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Platform page.

6. Select Windows XP Professional, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the User Interaction Level page.

7. Select Fully Automated, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Distribution Folder page.


8. Select No, This Answer File Will Be Used To Install From A CD, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the License Agreement page.

9. Select I Accept The Terms Of The License Agreement, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Customize The Software page.

10. Type your name in the Name box and your organization in the Organization box, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Display Settings page.

11. Leave the default settings on the Display Settings page, and then click Next.
Windows Setup Manager displays the Time Zone page.

12. Select the appropriate time zone, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Providing The Product Key page.

13. Enter your Windows XP Professional product key, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Computer Names page.

14. In the Computer Name text box, type Client1, and then click Add.
Repeat this step to add Client2 and Client3 to the list of names. Notice that the names system1, system2, and system3 appear in the Computers To Be Installed box.

15. Click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Administrator Password page.

16. Ensure that Use The Following Administrative Password (127 Characters Maximum)
is selected, and then type password in the Password text box and the Confirm Password text box.

17. Click Encrypt Administrator Password In Answer File, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Networking Components page.

18. Leave Typical Settings selected, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Workgroup Or Domain page.

19. Click Next to accept the default of the computers joining a workgroup named WORKGROUP.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Telephony page.

20. Select the appropriate setting for What Country/Region Are You In.

21. Type the appropriate setting for What Area (Or City) Code Are You In.

22. If necessary, type the appropriate setting for If You Dial A Number To Access An Outside Line, What Is It.

23. Select the appropriate setting for The Phone System At This Location Uses, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Regional Settings page.

24. Click Next to accept the default settings.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Languages page.

25. Click Next to accept the default setting.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Browser And Shell Settings page.

26. Click Next to accept the default setting: Use Default Internet Explorer Settings.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Installation Folder page.

27. Select This Folder. In the This Folder text box, type WINXPPro, and then click Next.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Install Printers page.

28. Click Next to continue without having the script install any network printers.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Run Once page.

29. Click Next to continue without having the script run any additional commands.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Additional Commands page.


30. Click Finish to complete the script without having the script run any additional commands.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays a dialog box indicating that the

Windows Setup Manager has successfully created an answer file.

31. Click OK to accept the default file name and location.
The Windows Setup Manager Wizard displays the Setup Manager Complete page.

32. On the File menu, click Exit.



Step 3: Copy the answer file to floppy.

1. Insert a blank floppy into the floppy drive.

2. Copy the answer file (usually unattend.txt) to Floppy Drive.

3. Open Command Prompt.
Click Start and the Run. Type cmd and click OK button.

4. Go to Floppy Drive (usually A:)
C:\Document and Settings\Administrator>a:
A:\>


5. Rename the answer file to winnt.sif
A:\> ren unattend.txt winnt.sif



6. Remove the floppy disk
In your new machine insert your Windows XP Installation CD and Floppy disk, and start your computer.

7. After Installation start you were prompt for Partition selection and Disk format.
After selecting the appropriate drive, the setup will automatically install the windows in your new computer.

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