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  1. Well, before spending to much time writing your own script. Try download the free MDT 2012 Update 1 deployment solution from Microsoft. It's a readymade deployment solution containing a HTA wizard that runs in WinPE, that displays the images on the deployment server, and allow you to select computer name, and allow you to select disk configurations (via task sequence selection). / Johan
  2. There used to be a MSE OEM Preinstallation Kit on the Microsoft OEM site (protected), but I haven't tried it... In general I install antivirus apps during deployment, I don't have them in my reference image. / Johan
  3. Don't know about that but you should not use the SaveProfile feature in WinPE 3/4, it's very unreliable. There is a reason why it's removed in WinPE 5.0 (part of the upcoming ADK 8.1) / Johan
  4. If you download the free MDT 2012 from Microsoft , and look at the MDT 2012 boot media you find two vbscripts (litetouch.vbs and litetouch.wsf) that together with a HTA provides a logon screen to both WinPE 3.0 and WinPE 4.0. You can "borrow" these scripts to your own custom WinPE image. MDT 2012 also helps you integrate DaRT into the boot image, so you can remote into it. (like Real VNC, but Microsoft). If you want to password protect the actual PXE boot process you can add an open source menu (part of syslinux) to your WDS server... here is a step-by.step guide on how to do that. / Johan
  5. Depending on what regional setting you want to change there are different properties. The main UI Language (when using multiple language packs) is set via UILanguage. Example: UILanguage=en-US For keyboard it is the KeyboardLocale property Example: KeyboardLocale=en-US / Johan
  6. Just get the from DaRT 7, it has the files (but one) you need for the WinPE boot image. If you extract it its organized in the folder structure they need to be in. Then just copy the DartConfig.dat file as well to system32 / Johan
  7. You need to commit the changes to the wim file, using imagex /unmount /commit <mount-folder>. Please note that some wim's, like the Windows 7 boot.wim have multiple indexes, so that you mount the right index. A tip when unmounting and commiting changes is also to close all Explorer windows before doing so. The WIM filter driver in WAIK 2.0 is quite sensible to open file handles. / Johan
  8. A custom boot image will not launch the setup automatically. Add the boot image from your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 media, and add your drivers to that image instead. / Johan
  9. Here is an article that explains how copyprofile in Windows 7 really works, unfortunately the Microsoft documentation is incorrect How CopyProfile really works in Windows 7 Deployments / Johan
  10. EFI (or UEFI for new hardware) is a just replacement for the older BIOS firmware. Most new hardware have experimental support for UEFI these days. EFI is used on Itanium based systems (which very few people arfe using). / Johan
  11. Even for x64 you need to use the bootcode, you can still add secondary boot file iy you need to boot secondary EFI images / Johan
  12. The best way (IMHO) is to use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to deploy your images. It has ready made functions (sequences) to allow you to do your commands before, and after deployment. In addition it also provides driver injections, admin UI, application installs and update... It's totally free, just download from Then you can download (or view online) the following free video tutorials on how to set it up. Videos from the MDT 2010 Lite Touch - Unleashed series / Johan
  13. Here is an example of a fully automated bootstrap.ini (skipping the initial welcome page and providing user credentials). Remeber to update the deployment share after updating the bootstrap.ini file (since it lives on the boot image), and then import (or replace) the boot image in WDS. [settings] Priority=Default [Default] DeployRoot=\\MDT01\MDTBuildLab$ SkipBDDWelcome=YES UserDomain=CORP UserID=BuildAccount UserPassword=Password01 / Johan
  14. Sure, Dell has a Tech Center with drivers for all their business models downloadable per model (cab files) / Johan
  15. The MSDN article talks about uninstalling the OS preview, not the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). ADK is not publicly available, only for MSDN subscribers (and TAP customers). / Johan