Unattended Windows Installation!
Have you ever wanted a Windows CD that would install Windows by automatically putting in your name, product key, timezone and regional settings? And have it merged with the latest Service Pack to save time? Followed by silently installing all your favorite applications along with DirectX 9.0c, .Net Framework 1.1 and then all the required hotfixes, updated drivers, tweaks, and a readily patched UXTheme without any user interaction whatsoever? Then this guide will show you how you can do just that!
Through the course of this guide, you will create a CD that does all the installing for you. The CD will be fully updated with the latest hotfixes, and install all your programs for you.
This guide has been broken up into three parts: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. It has been done so, to help you understand what you’re doing and not to get over your head too fast. There are pages upon pages of information on this subject, and this guide only covers the tip of the iceberg.
The Beginner portion will cover the updating of your CD, along with automating setup itself.
The Intermediate portion covers adding Drivers and Applications to your CD, as well as User creation and other little tidbits.
The Advanced section is where it gets really fun. We’ll customize the look and feel of your setup, as well as add hacked files to remove the limits put upon the system.
I must strongly suggest that you adhere to the sections until you feel you have completely mastered them. You don’t want to go sailing without knowing how to sail.
Target Audience: Home users – who are taking up a time-consuming process of re-installing Windows, manually installing essential applications, downloading windows updates, and tweaking their OS to perfection on every re-format.
Difficulty: Requires an intermediate experience of Microsoft Windows and a basic knowledge of how batch commands function. Though batch scripts are briefly covered, it will be a good idea to brush up on your skills before starting.
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