Win XP Pro: Customizing the "Windows Welcome" for deployments
Posted on 2002-06-06
I'm working on building a windows Xp image for my company. We're using the sysprep tool to make things easier. The Windows Welcome (I believe that's the name for the tool) comes up and has you key in your computer name, password, etc... I need to change the behavior of that tool, if possible.
Basically, there's three key elements that are a problem here.
1) It asks for the license key. We're using a site key, not a key based on individual PC's. We were told by our license folks that this CD didn't require a key, but it does. They are at a loss, and I'm not holding my breath. We need a way to specify the key ahead of time, and if possible, just skip that input all together.
2) It asks if you want to log on to a domain. I don't want it to ask, I want it to default to yes, with our domain name configured in. If we could make it not even ask for the domain, that'd be perfect. Failing that, I would at least like to change the "Domain" name to our proper domain, and not "Domain."
3) It asks the user to specify a user name (or two, or ten) that will be using this computer. Since we use a domain here, this box is extraneous and only will cause problems. We need to skip this part.
4) It asks you if you want to register. We don't. This is XP Pro Corporate. I completely fail to see why it would ask a corporate install to register. I assume this is because the Welcome tool isn't version specific. Is there a way to skip this?
Basically, in summary, my question to you all is....... can you modify the windows welcome tool? :)
If this turns out to be four seperate questions, I can break them off into individual question's if need be.