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Using a FOR Loop to install multiple patches

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I have a location where the OS install files are located and want to slipstream these patches. Can you help me for a LOOP which would treat any number of these hotfixes exactly like the four examples below.
(Some kind of FOR Loop which would target all the patches in the %patchpath%)
Or maybe Powershell or VBS would be better?
Thank you!
JohnD
set baseXPpath=X:\i386
set patchpath=X:\i386\patches
%patchpath%\WindowsXP-KB834707-x86-enu.exe /integrate:%baseXPpath%
%patchpath%\WindowsXP-KB885836-x86-ENU.exe /integrate:%baseXPpath%
%patchpath%\WindowsXP-KB873339-x86-ENU.exe /integrate:%baseXPpath%
%patchpath%\WindowsXP-KB885835-x86-ENU.exe /integrate:%baseXPpath%

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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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First, why not use nLite to do this?  www.nliteos.com

Put the Patch Names into a text file - for example:

Patches.txt:
-------------------
WindowsXP-KB834707-x86-enu.exe /integrate:%baseXPpath%
WindowsXP-KB885836-x86-ENU.exe /integrate:%baseXPpath%
WindowsXP-KB873339-x86-ENU.exe /integrate:%baseXPpath%
WindowsXP-KB885835-x86-ENU.exe /integrate:%baseXPpath%
-------------------

Then the batch file would be as below:
set baseXPpath=X:\i386
set patchpath=X:\i386\patches
for /f "tokens=*" %%a in (patches.txt) Do %patchpath%\%%a

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by:johndarby
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Very cool tool (nLite)! I want to have portability for working from a USB stick and the script above is helpful. Do I need to add the /INTEGRATE switch as well, like this...

set baseXPpath=X:\i386
set patchpath=X:\i386\patches
for /f "tokens=*" %%a in (patches.txt) Do "%patchpath%\%%a /integrate:X:\i386"
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Honestly, don't know - I've only occasionally bothered creating a slipstreamed install (most of my clients get machines one at a time and maintaining an image for them doesn't generally make sense - and licensing prohibits me from creating a disk to use at multiple clients.  And when I have created the slipstreamed CDs, I've used nLite.
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A great help with the FOR loop! Thank you!
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