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JFX

WinNTSetup v3.8.6 / 3.8.7 Beta 3

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Yep, since version 2.1.0.0 Windows 8 is fully supported :)

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Hi, sorry I'm a little confused (noob). Will this program help me install a slimmed down XP (MicroXP) onto a thumb drive and run the OS from it as if I did not have a hard drive on the system?

I just need to run a single simple program on this computer and I only want to use a 4GB usb drive and not install a sata HD.

thanks

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Hi, sorry I'm a little confused (noob). Will this program help me install a slimmed down XP (MicroXP) onto a thumb drive and run the OS from it as if I did not have a hard drive on the system?

MicroXP is a WAREZ release. :ph34r:

As such it is not supported in ANY way on MSFN.

Be VERY aware of Rule #1.a:

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?app=forums&module=extras&section=boardrules

If you want to put your OWN, licensed XP on a USB stick you'd better use this tool here:

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=23553&hl=

or the good ol' way (automated):

http://www.usboot.org/tiki-index.php

Manual:

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=14181&hl=

(look for Tutorials in Dietmar's signature)

Please note how this Forum is called:

Install Windows from USB

And NOT:

Install Windows to USB

First post of this thread, however:

....

Not Supported:

  • - No Windows embedded version (this includes WinFLP)
  • - No Installation onto USB disk *New* only Windows 7 and later

clerly states how the tool in this thread does allow for installing to USB BUT for Windows 7 ONLY

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Ok thanks ..sorry about mentioning the slimmed down version, but i do still have a five license pack of XP professional that I bought a couple years ago that was never used. Thanks again!

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What license is WinNTSetup released under?

None. So let's say freeware :)

Actually by the high download count I should consider changing to the beerware license :D

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Nice tool, congratulations.

Are you still developing it? I would add a save/load button for ease of use.

Is there anyway to add the features mentioned in this program? http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=12201

When I install Windows XP, I want to sometimes use the customers key instead of loading my own unattended file...yeah I know I could just edit the unattended file before loading it, but anyway more features cant hurt.

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Is there anyway to add the features mentioned in this program? http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=12201

And which features of a program that hasn't even been posted about in five years do you think are important to add to this one that is constantly being updated and talked about?

Cheers and Regards

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When I install Windows XP, I want to sometimes use the customers key instead of loading my own unattended file...yeah I know I could just edit the unattended file before loading it, but anyway more features cant hurt.

Is there anyway to add the features mentioned in this program? http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=12201

And which features of a program that hasn't even been posted about in five years do you think are important to add to this one that is constantly being updated and talked about?

Cheers and Regards

Like I said, the option to load a settings file, that basically are the settings from the unattended and present it in a GUI so the user can change some options on the fly instead of editing and saving template files.

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Nice tool, congratulations.

Are you still developing it? I would add a save/load button for ease of use.

Is there anyway to add the features mentioned in this program? http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=12201

When I install Windows XP, I want to sometimes use the customers key instead of loading my own unattended file...yeah I know I could just edit the unattended file before loading it, but anyway more features cant hurt.

You can load /save settings with CTRL +S and CTRL +L

XP Setup Launcher, I don't know this tool and screen shots and download links aren't working anymore.

If this all about having gui options for unattended file then no won't be integrated.

You could easily create your own editor tools for this with autoit3, that could do exactly what you want.

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Any guide for WinNtsetup 2.1 for newbie?

how to use that software...

Thanks

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how to use that software...

1. select your windows distribution

2. choose a installation partition

3. push the setup button

hmm, maybe not my biggest talent to explain things...

Could you make a list of questions that arise while using the tool? So i can address every thing that is not so clear.

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Hi,

Great tool. I'm using it to install WIN7 from unpacked iso from folder on USB key and I have a question.

My setup finishes OK, unattended works great. However it looks like the $oem$ folders from sources\$oem$\$$\setup\scripts\.. and setupcomplete.cmd doesnt get copied and run from %system% folder.

Tried same setup from DVD and everything was OK. Is there something I'm doing wrong?

Thanks in advance.

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Hi amitri,

Seems I forgot the $OEM$ folder for Vista and newer windows version.

Will be fixed in next release.

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Hello everybody,

I'm new to WinNTSetup2, I think it's a great utility and I'm looking forward to using it (from my "Master" USB, which is a bootable WinPESE v17 USB stick, with all my backups in Truecrypt containers, extra software, OS ISO's etc).

So far, I've done two major tests, one for XP and one for W7. It would be very nive if you could help me a little with the following:

This is what I do:

(1) Boot my test-laptop (HP nc6320, one HD) from USB stick using WinPE SE v17.

(2) Disk management: Format HD: One partition, format NTFS, active

(3) Run OSFMount, this mounts my W7 (untouched MSDN) setup image to F:\

(4) Start WinNTSetup2 as follows:

WinNTSetup2_x86.exe -nt6 -source:f:\sources\install.wim -syspart:c: -setup -unattend:"autounattend.xml" -savedriveletters

This is working nicely, with just one issue: My systemdrive is now called D:

I tried the above setup without the "savedriveletters", it didn't help.

I'm running out of ideas, even though I've been reading a lot of stuff about this issue. Can anybody give me some hints to test out?

My ultimate goal is to make a little AutoIt/AutoHotkey script to automate the install, looks like I'm very close, if I could only get the driveletter right...

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Hi Atari800XL,

The system drive needs an extra parameter: -sysletter.

WinNTSetup2_x86.exe -nt6 -source:f:\sources\install.wim -syspart:c: -setup -unattend:"autounattend.xml" -savedriveletters -sysletter:C

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EDIT: Just found a parsing bug: -sysletter only accept C but not C:

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JFX,

Thank you very much for your reply. The "sysletter:c" did the trick!! I'm very happy that everything works now, this means that I come ever closer to my "everything on one USB stick" goal! Right now, I have Win PE SE on it, some more Grub-started stuff (Ghost, ADDS, etc), W7 setup from WinPE SE (thanks to WinNTSetup2!), my backups (Truecrypt volumes), etc.

As I said, the Windows 7 setup is going smoothly, including autounattend.xml. I'm using the same file as I used on my "standalone" W7 install stick (that install is completely unattended, except for the HD partitioning screen).

When I use the file in *this* setup (using WinNTSetup2), there is one (and only one) screen I get, just before setup is done. It's the "Activate" screen, which asks me for the serial. The screen also has the "Acticate automatically" checkbox. I didn't get this screen on the "other" USB, so I wonder what particular setting it is that I should add in autounattend.xml.

But I'm VERY happy with the way things are going up to now, thank you very much for this great utility!!!

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Maybe I shoud rephrase that last question a bit more clearly:

- Why is it that a W7 autounattend.xml file works on a normal/ full install, but leaves one "Attended" screen in a WinNTSetup2-based install?

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WinNTSetup uses a "fast" install mode

The complete section <settings pass="windowsPE"> is ignored in this way of setup.

You should get unattended setup by adding SkipMachineOOBE and SkipUserOOBE in your <settings pass="oobeSystem">

 <OOBE>
<HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
<HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
<NetworkLocation>Home</NetworkLocation>
<ProtectYourPC>2</ProtectYourPC>

<SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE>
<SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>

</OOBE>

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Thanks again!! Everything working fully unattended now!!!

Maybe my last two questions were a little "dumb"? If so, maybe you could point me to some websites/ forums were I should have read about this? Sorry I missed the part about <settings pass="WindowsPE">...

[EDIT: After re-reading all the documentation, it all seems so simple, maybe it's just my fault that I sometimes can't grasp some concepts before I actually *try* them :huh: ]

Thank you very much for your very clear and precise answers up to now, thanks to you I now have a powerful PE (SE v17) system combined with a fully unattended W7 setup on one USB stick! (plus my automatic PostInstall system, which installs all my tools and applications).

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You didn't missed anything, I should have give this information earlier.

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Update: Version 2.2.0.1

- Use "Noerr lines" in VHD creation only if needed

- multi boot improvements

- automatically unload system BCD if necessary

- creates a log file in the system root of the new installation

- copies NT6.x $OEM$ folder content to its respective location

- all registry operations are done through the offline registry libary

- no longer depends on reg.exe and bcopy.exe

- fixed save settings to ini forgot some options

- fixed file copy errors for some nlite update packs

- reduced CPU usage

- cosmetics

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how to use that software...

1. select your windows distribution

2. choose a installation partition

3. push the setup button

hmm, maybe not my biggest talent to explain things...

Could you make a list of questions that arise while using the tool? So i can address every thing that is not so clear.

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Thanks i ll let u know if i have some difficulties,

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Hi JFX, thanks for the update! :thumbup

BTW, can you host your file on another site? Mediafire is blocked in my country. I think Data File Host is a great alternative. :rolleyes:

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BTW, can you host your file on another site? Mediafire is blocked in my country. I think Data File Host is a great alternative. :rolleyes:

Sure have added Data File Host Mirror to first page :)

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