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AlexCeed

Run diskpart before install

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I'm using an unattended sheet in order to install windows 8. I'm fairly new in unattended procedures ans was wondering if I could integrate in my sheet a way to launch a batch in order to create partitions.

Here is my unattended sheet:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<UserData>
<ProductKey>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
<Key></Key>
</ProductKey>
<AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
<FullName></FullName>
<Organization></Organization>
</UserData>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SetupUILanguage>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
</SetupUILanguage>
<InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale>
<UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<ComputerName></ComputerName>
<RegisteredOwner></RegisteredOwner>
<RegisteredOrganization></RegisteredOrganization>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<OOBE>
<HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
<NetworkLocation>Work</NetworkLocation>
<ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC>
</OOBE>
<TimeZone>GTB Standard Time</TimeZone>
</component>
</settings>
</unattend>

Is it possible to do it this way?

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Windows Setup can do it. No need for diskpart. Not sure if Setup uses Diskpart or what. Here is an example of an MBR setup:

If you are doing an EFI deployment, I can find that too.

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Or in case the built in disk configuration is not granular enough for your needs, can easily launch a batch during the windowsPE pass by using a RunSynchronous command. Greater details can be found inside your unattend.chm from the W8 ADK.

Microsoft-Windows-Setup | RunSynchronous

<RunSynchronous>
<!-- First synchronous command to execute -->
<RunSynchronousCommand>
<Order>1</Order>
<Path>\\MyNetworkShare\MyApplication.bat</Path>
<Description>DescriptionOfMyApplication</Description>
<Credentials>
<Domain>FabrikamDomain</Domain>
<UserName>MyUserName</UserName>
<Password>MyPassword</Password>
</Credentials>
</RunSynchronousCommand>
<!-- Second synchronous command to execute -->
<RunSynchronousCommand>
<Order>2</Order>
<Path>C:\AnotherApplication.cmd</Path>
<Description>DescriptionOfMyApplication</Description>
</RunSynchronousCommand>
</RunSynchronous>

Edited by MrJinje
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