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Unattended XP Pro installation and SATA drivers (normally F6)

Posted on 2004-11-12
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Last Modified: 2010-01-24
I want to do an unattended installation of XP Pro on a standalone PC.  The actual reason that I want to do this is so that I can move my Documents and Settings to another partition.  I have a few questions:

1.  Does anyone know of an idiot guide to doing this, or can you provide one?

2.  I have 4 partitions on my hard drive.  When I do an ordinary installation, it often manages to reassign the drive letter names.  How can I be sure then that my Documents and Settings ends up on the right partition (D:)?

3.  When I do a normal installation I have to put a floppy drive in with my SATA harddrive driver files and I press F6 right at the start of the installation.  What do I do with these driver files and how do I get around the need to press F6 because with it being unattended I imagine that this is not going to be an option.


Question by:peparsons
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Fatal_Exception earned 2000 total points
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What you are trying to do may not be a simple operation.  You can slipstream your drivers into an Installation CD using the methods outlined here:

Slipstreaming SATA/RAID Drivers


and you may want to ck out this utility:


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Thank you Fatal Exception

Your answer was great but I really didn't need to do that complicated slipstreaming stuff.  Actually I just followed what this guy said:
For posterity I will add that for some bizarre reason the setup manager wanted to create an unattend.txt file even though I had told it that I was going to install from CD, which meant that I needed a winnt.sif.  I found that I was able to just change the name to winnt.sif and it worked fine.

All I needed to do with the SATA drivers was include them on the floppy where I created the winnt.sif file.  When Windows was booting I just pressed F6 as normal.  The blue screens worked as normal.  Easy Peasy.

I am sure that it would be really cool to slipstream the drivers onto my XP Pro but not actually necessary for what i wanted to do.

Thanks for you help
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NP, and thanks for the explanation on how you went about this.  Never thought of doing it that way, so am sure it will come as a good addition to the PAQ's for future reference.  In fact, I am going to test it this week.

and thanks for the pts..


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