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By guy ·
Hi,

I'm currently developing a standard workstation for the company I work for. I have several options to start the install of Windows XP, among which is the unattended install through the network with a good old DOS boot disk. As you probably know, the XP install requires several reboots (I counted four), which messes up my plans as I want to insert the boot disk, switch the PC on, and walk away, to only come back after a few hours and find that XP (and all other applications) has been installed fully. My question therefore is, does anyone know of a way to automatically bypass booting from a floppy when a floppy is in the floppy drive.

For example, I can do a check to see whether a specific file exists. If true, the PC boots from c, if not, the PC boots from floppy. Maybe there is a tool available somewhere (which I haven't found) that can do this.

I'm not quite sure if this is actually possible. An alternative way is to halt the batch just before calling winnt.exe. Anyone knows how to halt the batch file and more importantly, start it again once the floppy has been removed (automatically)

Thanks for your time
Guy

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by kernow_boy In reply to Unattended Install questi ...

Try the microsoft tech help to see about creating a script file for an unattened installation. See the following link.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;291997

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by guy In reply to

Didn't find any article with your link except for the activation articles. We do not need to activate Windows as we have an Select Enterprise License.

Thanks for your time

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by BeerMonster In reply to Unattended Install questi ...

Hi,
I have mused over this one myself in the past. the problem is that the boot order would need to be changed in the bios, this (as far as I know) would only be possible if the hardware supplier provided a utility that could - preferably - run silently from a command line and also worked on every type of machine you are likely to need it on. I've certainly never come across such a util. frankly, all we are talking here is a few minutes anyway. you boot from the floppy, it performs any pre install tasks you need (perhaps making a small partition for the windows files to use), loads smartdrive and the network drivers and then connects to your build share. As soon as the windows setup screen is visible - IE as soon as you call winnt, and as long as you're unnattent.txt is ok, you can pop the floppy then and walk away. If losing just that amount of time is a problem then you are seriously overworked!! As for halting the file, just use 'pause' (without the quotes) before calling winnt.

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by guy In reply to

You are right. If those 2 minutes are too much, I really need counseling :-)

Anyway, I think you are right about the boot sequence, and I have been looking for a tool that can change the BIOS settings from the command prompt, but haven't found it. I think I just have to build in a message to remove the floppy drive and press a key to continue.
Thanks for your time.

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by lumberjack In reply to Unattended Install questi ...

Another option available if the PCs are identical or near identical is ghosting.

create a Pc with everything you need on it and then run sysprep.

using an application such as Norton's Ghost or Powerquest disk Image (my own choice) creat an image of the PC. on a shared drive

Amend the autoexec.bat file of your boot disk to logon to the shared drive and pull down the image
at end - reboot Pc - it will ask for licence details if sysprep run on 1st PC - otherwise you have a cloned PC

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by guy In reply to

Ghosting is, considering the requirements internally (which you don't know), not an option. As the workstations change a lot in this organisation, and we are working with a socalled standard workstation, we actually can only use RIS or Unattended install. I did think of this solution as well, but in the end it doesn't fit my employers needs.

PS! The answer was Acceptable, but it didn't help me. The "rate this answer" is a bit black and white

Thanks for your time

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