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Unattended Setup Using Winpe: Mission Impossible?

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Hi all, I've just registered to this forum, I mada a great Unattended Setup For XPSP1 w/ hotfixes :rolleyes: , but now I have aquestion for you all:

How can I make an install using microsoft OPK?? winPE is quite difficult to use and I have'nt found lot documentation like on MSFN.org on WinPE... :/

Can you post links to interresting sites for WinPE Unattended installations?

Thanks

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Thats somethin I'm workin on too! Wouldn't mind a step by step guide but tat would make it far to easy. I want to know, so I can get it to work with goshs reduced source. Make life a lot faster!
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That would be a good idea, and it might speed up install times too :)
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Up! :)

Anyone has ideas?
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Check out PE-Builder? It isn't WinPE, but it was inspired by it. It's main focus was to be used as a nice recovery tool, but I have used it to kick off unattended installs over the network.
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download and look on the lastest Longhorn build, i think 4029 or so, its setup entirely based on Win PEhope you find somethin usefull :)

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why install from network? i managed to get:

Windows XP Home Sp1 Slipstream and hotfixes automated
Windows XP Pro Corp SP1 Slipstream and hotfixes automated
Microsoft Winpe
Barts PE Version 1.0.1
Barts PE Version 1.0.2
Barts PE Version 1.0.3
Barts PE Version 1.0.4
Barts PE Version 1.0.5
Barts PE Version 1.0.6
ERD Commander 2002
ERD COmmander 2003
O&O Bluecon 4 & XXL

and then i had room to place the 911 rescue cd on as well with complete set of utilites

for those that wonder how its simple winpe is made from your winxp cd and contains more or less all files on your xpcd, erd commander and o&O bluecon are also made from winxp cd so there are a lot of identical files.

just cdimage -o and you get a lot of optimization.

i am playing around with winpe a lot so know many things.
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The biggest reason to do it over the network is because it is a nice resource. I am in the process of of making our deployment, and there is a lot of testing and changes, so making a CD for each time is quite an overload. I don't know about you, but I do not need anymore coasters. Besides, with it being on the network, I can control access to it via file and share permissions on the server.
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well everybody has diffrent needs here, i have a nice black bin liner of about 20,000 coasters thats just this year alone oh i know about 2,000 are them AOL disks that seem to be flooding in from everywhere lol

Longhorn is based in winpe setup your right
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the idea of using winpe as a diag utility seems sppealing to me, but i dont know if anyone has noticed yet, but most apps dont run in winpe. furthermore, i dont see that there would be enough benefit from spending the time to figure out how to install from it to make the whole thing worth it.

i had to go through hell and high water just to get the pe builder since microsoft twisted barts arm about it, and then had to go through more to get any kind of utils that will run in it.

i just dont see the benefit, however, if anyone has found any information contrary to this, i'm open.
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well everybody has diffrent needs here, i have a nice black bin liner of about 20,000 coasters thats just this year alone oh i know about 2,000 are them AOL disks that seem to be flooding in from everywhere lol

lol i have something like at with M$ eval disks

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the idea of using winpe as a diag utility seems sppealing to me, but i dont know if anyone has noticed yet, but most apps dont run in winpe.  furthermore, i dont see that there would be enough benefit from spending the time to figure out how to install from it to make the whole thing worth it.

i had to go through hell and high water just to get the pe builder since microsoft twisted barts arm about it, and then had to go through more to get any kind of utils that will run in it.

i just dont see the benefit, however, if anyone has found any information contrary to this, i'm open.
-Voltaic

A lot of apps i've tried work fine in winpe. All the xp support tools run fine. I've used mozilla and firebird in winpe without any problems. To get a program that has registry entries working, just export the registry key then import it when winpe boots up.

Having a winpe is very useful when your system isn't booting! One of the first steps to troubleshoot nt4 is to do a parallel install. With winpe, you might find your first troubleshooting step is to boot to winpe.

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