Unattended XP Pro installation and SATA drivers (normally F6)

Posted on 2004-11-12
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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    Accepted Solution

    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:

    Author Comment

    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
    LVL 40

    Expert Comment

    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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