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> [project] Unattended XP Install, Create new Install DVD's with Live XP and DriverPacks included
Nuno Brito
post Jul 21 2007, 07:10 PM
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Unattended XP Install


This is a simple project that will allow to re-create a XP Install disk with our custom changes.


Attached File  wb.zip ( 821.54K ) Number of downloads: 50


This attachment contains a custom wb with predefined web server - you only need to press the download button and follow the step-by-step instructions or read the quick start guide.

To start press Play



Main advantages
  1. Adds all known driverpacks automatically (including third party packs) - which includes a very extensive support for SATA, LAN and WLAN
  2. Add a liveXP project with extra tools to help cleaning up the drive of rescue/reorganize files before installing XP to disk (mmc also enabled)
  3. Launch the XP instalation in unattended method using XPsetupLauncher with your configuration (license key, username, etc)
  4. Do all these actions automaticaly
Known Issues

Wasn't tested on real hardware and installing XP under qemu took a long while - also had to be launched typing winnt32.exe /makelocalsource - for some reason I couldn't run xpsetuplauncher.

You need to have web access to download the selected driverpacks from the web when running the project for the first time - they were too big to be included (>300Mb when all packs are selected), and they are automaticaly downloaded while the project is building if not already found on disk.

Takes some time to finish the project - on my machine it took around 15 minutes for a complete build (at least it's still much faster than doing all these actions manually by yourself)

Expect a very large ISO when adding all driverpacks (>1Gb)


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DriverPacks was kind enough to offer their help and allowing for the whole slipstreaming process to be completely automated inside the overall project build.

http://forum.driverpacks.net/viewtopic.php?id=1536

A big THANKS to the driverpacks development team! (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)

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Please test and let me know your opinion on what needs to be changed or improved.
Would really like to know if the xpsetuplauncher can really work on real hardware and effectively install unattended windows as expected.

I've done this project mostly because it was very time consuming to do all the above steps by myself, maybe next step is adding grub4dos so that the setup install can also be launched at boot time.

You can also use other liveCD projects like nativeEx - there's a script that let's you decide which project to run - but this has been targeted to XP, so using vistaPE is not yet supported.


Also worth mentioning that driverpacks will slipstream the drivers onto the Windows Install Folder. LiveXP already contains SATA drivers, maybe a LAN pack should be added soon as a script if time helps or someone volunters to this task.



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carfan
post Jul 22 2007, 06:02 PM
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QUOTE (Nuno Brito @ Jul 21 2007, 02:10 PM) *
Unattended XP Install
This is a simple project that will allow to re-create a XP Install disk with our custom changes.
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Keep getting error "no slipsteam modules for selected project" refuses to slip stream.
(IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/frusty.gif) Please help.

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Nuno Brito
post Jul 22 2007, 07:20 PM
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Hi carfan!

Thanks for testing the project! (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)


Can you detail your steps and post a log.html file so that I can take a look?

Have you changed any setting inside the scripts, downloaded the recommended profile, etc?

You should be able to run driverpacks with the default configuration - but you'll also need web access to download the packages you've selected.

Let's see how this can be solved..


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Also tested the project on real hardware.

There is definitively something that needs to be configurated with xpsetuplauncher.

Using cmd.exe I went to x:\Install\I386 and manualy ran winnt32.exe

As my first experiment - the initial GUI part was very fast to pass, but after reboot the text mode setup complained about a missing SP2 CD


- I solved this matter repeating the initial steps with cmd.exe but running winnt32.exe /makelocalsource (thanks jaclaz)

- on my machine had to manually reboot the computer, setup would close itself but leave the boot disk running.


This worked out just great and installed the OS but I noticed that drivers weren't installed - probably because an error message complaining about "Windows could not locate c:\DSPdsbldr.exe" appeared on T-39 (when the progress bar indicates minus 39 minutes to complete install)


I will look on the driverpacks forum for similar references.. (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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