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  1. What I have been trying to do is to configure OOBE to be completely suppressed (everything answered) from my Autounattended.xml file. All that I have succeeded in doing at this point is corrupting my OOBE settings. Now I get a "could not parse or process..." error message when OOBE would normally run. Can anyone help me out? Is it even possible to fully answer the OOBE questions from the Autounattended.xml? Am I doing this the completely wrong way? Relevant XML Snippet: <settings pass="oobeSystem"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <UserAccounts> <LocalAccounts> <LocalAccount wcm:action="add"> <Name>Trainee</Name> <Group>Administrators</Group> <Password> <PlainText>true</PlainText> <Value>removed</Value> </Password> </LocalAccount> </LocalAccounts> </UserAccounts> <OOBE> <NetworkLocation>Home</NetworkLocation> <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage> <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC> <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE> <SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE> <SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE> </OOBE> <DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>false</DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet> <TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time</TimeZone> </component> </settings> I have also attached my complete Autounattended.xml Any help or ideas is greatly appreciated. Thanks. Autounattend.xml
  2. I'm not really an expert here, but I think what you are missing is the entry to wipe the disk first: <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk> I snagged the relevant section out of my autounattended.xml: <DiskConfiguration> <WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI> <Disk wcm:action="add"> <DiskID>0</DiskID> <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk> <CreatePartitions> <CreatePartition> <Order>1</Order> <Type>Primary</Type> <Size>100</Size> </CreatePartition> <CreatePartition> <Order>2</Order> <Type>Primary</Type> <Extend>true</Extend> </CreatePartition> </CreatePartitions> <ModifyPartitions> <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add"> <Label>System Reserved</Label> <Format>NTFS</Format> <Active>true</Active> <Order>1</Order> <PartitionID>1</PartitionID> </ModifyPartition> <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add"> <Label>Main</Label> <Format>NTFS</Format> <Letter>C</Letter> <Order>2</Order> <PartitionID>2</PartitionID> </ModifyPartition> </ModifyPartitions> </Disk> </DiskConfiguration>
  3. RASOR - Textmode Driver Utility

    I am very sorry to say that RASOR was XP only. I am sorry everyone has been looking for it, I thought everyone had moved on to Vista, Win7, etc a long time ago. Look at my TEXTMODE post stickied at the top of the device drivers section. RASOR was just a way to help people get TEXTMODE drivers setup using the method I described in that post. Sorry again everyone.
  4. Switches for Steam?

    Although still incomplete (does not solve game install, account setup issues), the newest Steam installer is in msi format and uses the /passive or /quiet switch for silent install.
  5. Does anyone have a working setup to install applications from a network share? I have a windows home server where I have my latest app installs and I was hoping to install them from the specialize or oobe step but haven't had much success. I'm running from a windows home server as a source (no guest account) so that may be the problem. I guess ultimately I would like to call a single script on the network share that I could update to call all of the installs I wanted to run. I know that application install questions are a dime a dozen... does anyone have the energy (and know-how!) to put together a real guide to be stickied? Its still not clear to me if I should be trying to use sequential commands or put everything in a separate command file. I think this would really help a lot of us struggling to piece together this information. Thanks for the help.
  6. I definitely agree there are copyright and licensing concerns with distributing install discs. It is at most illegal and at least a gray area. There are certainly other options, but when I found my grandparents had bought vista only to never install it because they couldnt figure out how, I sent them an unattended dvd and some very detailed instructions on how to change the boot order of their bios. Since then other family members have asked for similar dvds. Since very few machines have floppys these days I am not sure that would work, but can a usb stick drive work instead? I would prefer to not ask for serials from them (for the same reason I don't want to distribute my own serials). But its probably not too much to ask them to enter it earlier. Given Microsoft's activation policy I usually advise people to not put their serials in until they are confident everything is working correctly, so as to not accidentally activate a non-working machine. I do not condone pirating of software in any way, and didn't think much of it when I originally made this post. Please remove the thread if it is counter to the interests of MSFN.
  7. So I just wanted to confirm this since it was difficult for me to find a specific answer on the forum... If you do NOT want to be prompted for a productkey during unattended vista install you MUST include a productkey for the version of vista you are installing in the AutoUnattend.xml. There is no way to get around this. As long as you specify the key during the Windows-PE step it will be used for the install and purged afterward. If you are a simple enduser this makes it difficult to distribute unattended setups to friends/family because (hypothetically) they could extract your key. Of course in all likelihood you wouldn't be giving them an unattended setup if they were at all computer savvy, but still the possibility exists. Please post confirmation if you agree with this assessment, or a counter-example if you have gotten unattended to work without a key in the AutoUnattend.xml and without a prompt for the key. If you are searching far and wide for the answer to this, hopefully you found this post sooner rather than later.
  8. I've been searching for awhile but havent been able to find a concrete answer on this: Is it possible to do a complete unattended install (virgin machine w/ no OS) of Vista from a Vista Upgrade CD. I have to admit that I don't have Vista yet and I and trying to decide if I can purchase an upgrade copy and still do an unattended install. I have many legal copies of XP, but I dont want to have to install XP first. I'm hoping someone else has discovered the answer the easy (or hard) way Thanks!
  9. TEXTMODE MassStorageDrivers Method

    Yes! I'm glad you got it to work. I remember that feeling the first time I got my 3wares working. I really dont understand why the xp drivers dont work but the 2000 drivers do but now that you have something working slimming down is much easier. Your hard work paid off; congrats. @cdob: thanks, glad to help. Can I ask which drivers you have working?
  10. TEXTMODE MassStorageDrivers Method

    I was reading back through this thread...is this still the message you are getting?: [quote]"Please insert the disk labeled windows XP Home Edition CD-ROM into dirve A"[/quote] If it is I do NOT believe it is related to the drivers. For kicks you might try the bare source of this XP cd (aka the original cd). Does it throw up this same message? You might also consider altering/adding this to your winnt.sif: [code][Data] AutoPartition=0 [Unattended] FileSystem=*[/code] This will help determine if the drivers are actually loading correctly and it is giving this message after that. If you watch the blue bar at the bottom of the screen you should see the drivers loading. They will be toward the end (after you see all the adaptec etc. drivers go by), but they can go fast and are easily missed. Finally, just so we cover all of the bases, you are testing this on the actual hardware correct? Not emulated?
  11. TEXTMODE MassStorageDrivers Method

    ok the change you made was correct for the [MassStorageDrivers] is correct. The disk portion of the txtsetup.oem isnt actually that important. Trust me I've screwed with it a lot. However where are you copying your files and are you copying all of them with the directory structure? The reason I ask is that this is a generic txtsetup.oem file for all of those drivers. If you are only copying the 3 files (FASTTRAK.cat, FASTTRAK.sys, FASTTRAK.inf) to your folders it probably wont work. You will need to keep the directory structure below where the txtsetup.oem file is. so .../Textmode/WinXP/ needs to be maintained. I usually recommend copying the whole darn thing and then pairing it down after you have it working. So in your case the contents of the Driver directory should be copied (its less than 2mb) to ALL of the directories. I'm willing to bet it will work then. Once you have it working we can work on removing what you don't need. Its not too hard to rewrite the txtsetup.oem file, that is what RASOR does...its around here somewhere I swear...
  12. TEXTMODE MassStorageDrivers Method

    Hipster post a link to the exact driver you want and Ill take a look. just to clarify: DO NOT PRESS F6 when using this method! If I could figure out which CD I put my source code on I would try to get RASOR running again
  13. Your txtsetup.oem file looks ok. Did you properly create your winnt.sif file and copy the files to the appropriate folders? I assume you are trying to follow the guide. Not found usually means that the files were not put in the correct location on the CD.
  14. Nvidia driver slipstream?

    I had no problem adding the NVRAID drivers for my SATA 2drive Raid0 stripe using the MassStorageDrivers method (M2). You have to do some slight directory changes for XP64 bit and you have to make sure you have the newer nvRaid bios but it worked on the first try for me. see: TEXTMODE MassStorageDrivers Method I used the ASUS provided winxp64 v665 drivers from the \IDE\WinXP\sataraid directory (adjust as neccesary) on a A8N-E flashed to bios 1011-004 Sections in /AMD64/winnt.sif [MassStorageDrivers] "NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)" = "OEM" "NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)" = "OEM" "IDE CD-ROM (ATAPI 1.2)/PCI IDE Controller" = "RETAIL" [OEMBootFiles] txtsetup.oem nvrdx64.inf nvata.cat nvrdx64.sys nvatax64.sys idecoi.dll nvcoi.dll nvraidco.dll nvide.nvu Modified txtsetup.oem: [Disks] d1 = "NVIDIA RAID DRIVER (SCSI)",\disk1,\ [Defaults] scsi = RAIDCLASS [scsi] RAIDCLASS = "NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)" BUSDRV = "NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)" [Files.scsi.RAIDCLASS] driver = d1,nvrdx64.sys,RAIDCLASS inf = d1,nvrdx64.inf inf = d1,nvraidco.dll catalog = d1,nvata.cat [Files.scsi.BUSDRV] driver = d1,nvatax64.sys,BUSDRV inf = d1, nvrdx64.inf inf = d1,idecoi.dll catalog = d1, nvata.cat [Config.RAIDCLASS] [Config.BUSDRV] [HardwareIds.scsi.RAIDCLASS] id = "GenNvRaidDisk","nvrdx64" id = "*_NVRAIDBUS","nvrdx64" id = "*NVRAIDBUS","nvrdx64" [HardwareIds.scsi.BUSDRV] id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_008E", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0085", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00D5", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00EE", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00E3", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00E5", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0035", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0036", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_003E", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0053", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0054", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0055", "nvatax64" I put all of the files in these directories from the CDROOT /AMD64/$OEM/ /$OEM$/$$/OemDir/ /$OEM/TEXTMODE/ you probably dont need copy all of these files to all of these locations, but its not too much space and I would rather only burn once. Anyway my 2cents.
  15. TEXTMODE MassStorageDrivers Method

    RASOR requires files from my website to run correctly. I changed webhosts and never put the files back online because there wasnt that much interest in RASOR. I have been very busy with my job but I will try to get to this if I can. Sorry guys I dropped the ball...