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BDD 2007 - Unattended Windows XP Installation

Posted on 2009-04-07
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I develop Standard PC images for my company, and have been using Dos-Based Ghost until recently I began using BDD 2007 because of AHCI compatability. I created a WIM of my sysprepped Windows XP Professional Image and imported my sysprep.inf into the BDD build. I'm deploying via DVD Media. PE runs and installs fine on my machine, but the problem is that sysprep apparently does not affect the PE, only the Windows installation - so I have to answer prompts during the PE installation that are answered in the sysprep.inf. can anyone give me a hand with this?
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by:sda100
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Have you tried nLite?  It makes the whole process a lot easier.  It's also infinitely customisable.  I use it and a combination of RyanVM and DriverPacks to get a fully up-to-date and fully preconfigured install... only takes about 20 minutes!

One of these days I'll write a guide how I did it.

Steve :)
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I have used nlite, but it won't work for this particular application (unless there are some new features I'm unaware of). The first reason being, I need the PE to install Windows XP because these machines have AHCI drives and I don't want to change the mode for each install, and second because there are custom applications installed, so I'm just installing windows, I'm installing an image of the machine. If there is a better solution than BDD, I'm open to it - but I have to create 5-10 images for different systems per year, so I'm looking for the most efficient process.
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by:cdicentes
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I decided to go with Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 - it does exactly what I needed.
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