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  1. What I have been trying to do is to configure OOBE to be completely suppressed (everything answered) from my Autounattended.xml file. All that I have succeeded in doing at this point is corrupting my OOBE settings. Now I get a "could not parse or process..." error message when OOBE would normally run. Can anyone help me out? Is it even possible to fully answer the OOBE questions from the Autounattended.xml? Am I doing this the completely wrong way? Relevant XML Snippet: <settings pass="oobeSystem"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <UserAccounts> <LocalAccounts> <LocalAccount wcm:action="add"> <Name>Trainee</Name> <Group>Administrators</Group> <Password> <PlainText>true</PlainText> <Value>removed</Value> </Password> </LocalAccount> </LocalAccounts> </UserAccounts> <OOBE> <NetworkLocation>Home</NetworkLocation> <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage> <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC> <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE> <SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE> <SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE> </OOBE> <DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>false</DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet> <TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time</TimeZone> </component> </settings> I have also attached my complete Autounattended.xml Any help or ideas is greatly appreciated. Thanks. Autounattend.xml
  2. I'm not really an expert here, but I think what you are missing is the entry to wipe the disk first: <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk> I snagged the relevant section out of my autounattended.xml: <DiskConfiguration> <WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI> <Disk wcm:action="add"> <DiskID>0</DiskID> <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk> <CreatePartitions> <CreatePartition> <Order>1</Order> <Type>Primary</Type> <Size>100</Size> </CreatePartition> <CreatePartition> <Order>2</Order> <Type>Primary</Type> <Extend>true</Extend> </CreatePartition> </CreatePartitions> <ModifyPartitions> <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add"> <Label>System Reserved</Label> <Format>NTFS</Format> <Active>true</Active> <Order>1</Order> <PartitionID>1</PartitionID> </ModifyPartition> <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add"> <Label>Main</Label> <Format>NTFS</Format> <Letter>C</Letter> <Order>2</Order> <PartitionID>2</PartitionID> </ModifyPartition> </ModifyPartitions> </Disk> </DiskConfiguration>
  3. I am very sorry to say that RASOR was XP only. I am sorry everyone has been looking for it, I thought everyone had moved on to Vista, Win7, etc a long time ago. Look at my TEXTMODE post stickied at the top of the device drivers section. RASOR was just a way to help people get TEXTMODE drivers setup using the method I described in that post. Sorry again everyone.
  4. Although still incomplete (does not solve game install, account setup issues), the newest Steam installer is in msi format and uses the /passive or /quiet switch for silent install.
  5. Does anyone have a working setup to install applications from a network share? I have a windows home server where I have my latest app installs and I was hoping to install them from the specialize or oobe step but haven't had much success. I'm running from a windows home server as a source (no guest account) so that may be the problem. I guess ultimately I would like to call a single script on the network share that I could update to call all of the installs I wanted to run. I know that application install questions are a dime a dozen... does anyone have the energy (and know-how!) to put together a real guide to be stickied? Its still not clear to me if I should be trying to use sequential commands or put everything in a separate command file. I think this would really help a lot of us struggling to piece together this information. Thanks for the help.
  6. I definitely agree there are copyright and licensing concerns with distributing install discs. It is at most illegal and at least a gray area. There are certainly other options, but when I found my grandparents had bought vista only to never install it because they couldnt figure out how, I sent them an unattended dvd and some very detailed instructions on how to change the boot order of their bios. Since then other family members have asked for similar dvds. Since very few machines have floppys these days I am not sure that would work, but can a usb stick drive work instead? I would prefer to not ask for serials from them (for the same reason I don't want to distribute my own serials). But its probably not too much to ask them to enter it earlier. Given Microsoft's activation policy I usually advise people to not put their serials in until they are confident everything is working correctly, so as to not accidentally activate a non-working machine. I do not condone pirating of software in any way, and didn't think much of it when I originally made this post. Please remove the thread if it is counter to the interests of MSFN.
  7. So I just wanted to confirm this since it was difficult for me to find a specific answer on the forum... If you do NOT want to be prompted for a productkey during unattended vista install you MUST include a productkey for the version of vista you are installing in the AutoUnattend.xml. There is no way to get around this. As long as you specify the key during the Windows-PE step it will be used for the install and purged afterward. If you are a simple enduser this makes it difficult to distribute unattended setups to friends/family because (hypothetically) they could extract your key. Of course in all likelihood you wouldn't be giving them an unattended setup if they were at all computer savvy, but still the possibility exists. Please post confirmation if you agree with this assessment, or a counter-example if you have gotten unattended to work without a key in the AutoUnattend.xml and without a prompt for the key. If you are searching far and wide for the answer to this, hopefully you found this post sooner rather than later.
  8. I've been searching for awhile but havent been able to find a concrete answer on this: Is it possible to do a complete unattended install (virgin machine w/ no OS) of Vista from a Vista Upgrade CD. I have to admit that I don't have Vista yet and I and trying to decide if I can purchase an upgrade copy and still do an unattended install. I have many legal copies of XP, but I dont want to have to install XP first. I'm hoping someone else has discovered the answer the easy (or hard) way Thanks!
  9. Yes! I'm glad you got it to work. I remember that feeling the first time I got my 3wares working. I really dont understand why the xp drivers dont work but the 2000 drivers do but now that you have something working slimming down is much easier. Your hard work paid off; congrats. @cdob: thanks, glad to help. Can I ask which drivers you have working?
  10. I was reading back through this thread...is this still the message you are getting?: [quote]"Please insert the disk labeled windows XP Home Edition CD-ROM into dirve A"[/quote] If it is I do NOT believe it is related to the drivers. For kicks you might try the bare source of this XP cd (aka the original cd). Does it throw up this same message? You might also consider altering/adding this to your winnt.sif: [code][Data] AutoPartition=0 [Unattended] FileSystem=*[/code] This will help determine if the drivers are actually loading correctly and it is giving this message after that. If you watch the blue bar at the bottom of the screen you should see the drivers loading. They will be toward the end (after you see all the adaptec etc. drivers go by), but they can go fast and are easily missed. Finally, just so we cover all of the bases, you are testing this on the actual hardware correct? Not emulated?
  11. ok the change you made was correct for the [MassStorageDrivers] is correct. The disk portion of the txtsetup.oem isnt actually that important. Trust me I've screwed with it a lot. However where are you copying your files and are you copying all of them with the directory structure? The reason I ask is that this is a generic txtsetup.oem file for all of those drivers. If you are only copying the 3 files (FASTTRAK.cat, FASTTRAK.sys, FASTTRAK.inf) to your folders it probably wont work. You will need to keep the directory structure below where the txtsetup.oem file is. so .../Textmode/WinXP/ needs to be maintained. I usually recommend copying the whole darn thing and then pairing it down after you have it working. So in your case the contents of the Driver directory should be copied (its less than 2mb) to ALL of the directories. I'm willing to bet it will work then. Once you have it working we can work on removing what you don't need. Its not too hard to rewrite the txtsetup.oem file, that is what RASOR does...its around here somewhere I swear...
  12. Hipster post a link to the exact driver you want and Ill take a look. just to clarify: DO NOT PRESS F6 when using this method! If I could figure out which CD I put my source code on I would try to get RASOR running again
  13. Your txtsetup.oem file looks ok. Did you properly create your winnt.sif file and copy the files to the appropriate folders? I assume you are trying to follow the guide. Not found usually means that the files were not put in the correct location on the CD.
  14. I had no problem adding the NVRAID drivers for my SATA 2drive Raid0 stripe using the MassStorageDrivers method (M2). You have to do some slight directory changes for XP64 bit and you have to make sure you have the newer nvRaid bios but it worked on the first try for me. see: TEXTMODE MassStorageDrivers Method I used the ASUS provided winxp64 v665 drivers from the \IDE\WinXP\sataraid directory (adjust as neccesary) on a A8N-E flashed to bios 1011-004 Sections in /AMD64/winnt.sif [MassStorageDrivers] "NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)" = "OEM" "NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)" = "OEM" "IDE CD-ROM (ATAPI 1.2)/PCI IDE Controller" = "RETAIL" [OEMBootFiles] txtsetup.oem nvrdx64.inf nvata.cat nvrdx64.sys nvatax64.sys idecoi.dll nvcoi.dll nvraidco.dll nvide.nvu Modified txtsetup.oem: [Disks] d1 = "NVIDIA RAID DRIVER (SCSI)",\disk1,\ [Defaults] scsi = RAIDCLASS [scsi] RAIDCLASS = "NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)" BUSDRV = "NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)" [Files.scsi.RAIDCLASS] driver = d1,nvrdx64.sys,RAIDCLASS inf = d1,nvrdx64.inf inf = d1,nvraidco.dll catalog = d1,nvata.cat [Files.scsi.BUSDRV] driver = d1,nvatax64.sys,BUSDRV inf = d1, nvrdx64.inf inf = d1,idecoi.dll catalog = d1, nvata.cat [Config.RAIDCLASS] [Config.BUSDRV] [HardwareIds.scsi.RAIDCLASS] id = "GenNvRaidDisk","nvrdx64" id = "*_NVRAIDBUS","nvrdx64" id = "*NVRAIDBUS","nvrdx64" [HardwareIds.scsi.BUSDRV] id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_008E", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0085", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00D5", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00EE", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00E3", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00E5", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0035", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0036", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_003E", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0053", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0054", "nvatax64" id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0055", "nvatax64" I put all of the files in these directories from the CDROOT /AMD64/$OEM/ /$OEM$/$$/OemDir/ /$OEM/TEXTMODE/ you probably dont need copy all of these files to all of these locations, but its not too much space and I would rather only burn once. Anyway my 2cents.
  15. RASOR requires files from my website to run correctly. I changed webhosts and never put the files back online because there wasnt that much interest in RASOR. I have been very busy with my job but I will try to get to this if I can. Sorry guys I dropped the ball...
  16. We still dont seem to have a solution for themadduck. And I have some other news: RASOR will be going offline for atleast a couple of days up to 2weeks. If you are trying to use RASOR after May 31st, the server will be unreachable. I should have it up again by June 4th, but I cant be sure. I apologize to anyone who tries to use the program during this time. It has been a constant battle with my webhost, and I finally decided that I needed to relocate to a more responsible company. Ill update when the move is complete.
  17. Yeah, I don't check the msfn forums very much anymore, so good call on the pm. That said, thanks for using rasor! Your problem sounds very very familiar, but its not ringing any bells at the moment. I would also like to point out that the RASOR driver package is not the most recently available drivers that nvidia has realeased. It should still work, but I haven't updated them since most people didnt seem to care. Would it be possible to post the rest of your winnt.sif? Just xxxxx out the serial and other personal information. Also when you first start your installation you can watch the drivers being read/loaded across the bottom of the screen. Its really really boring, but if you catch a glimpse of the nvidia drivers then atleast you know they are probably loading. Finally, make sure you cd isnt too full. I had an intermittent problem for a few days that I couldnt figure out, and it turned out that I was at the edge of the cd's capacity, and sometimes it would burn correctly and sometimes it wouldn't. Ill let you now if I think of anything else.
  18. @rgreen83: I didn't think there was any interest anymore... Do people actually use Rasor????
  19. @ital0dancer: Can you show us your winnt.sif and the txtsetup.oem files? You really shouldnt have a txtsetup.sif file problem, but you are are correct: it may be a localization problem. I think you can try two things. First, you can try installing in english. I know that isnt what you want in the end, but we can identify if it really is a localization problem this way. Secondly on a machine with XP installed in your language you can look at the primary IDE driver and see what it is labeled as. It wont be identical but it will give us an idea if it is different. My english installation is labeled as "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers" Hope this helps.
  20. @major: well did you try it? Without seeing the txtsetup.oem I wouldn't have known that all 3 were listed. I would use the entries they have for your unattend.txt file, but then I would also add the line I suggested. I believe the instructions they provide are for network based installs which require the changes listed in this guide to work for CD-based installs. The generic IDE driver is usually important to have for installation following reboot. You should probably try it both ways, but I still advise you to include it to give yourself the best possible shot at success. Also still copy all of the files to the directories indicated in the guide. If it doesnt work it most probably won't be able to even find your hard drives, let alone format them.
  21. @major: It might be helpful to post the txtsetup.oem file. I am not familiar with the [i]Primary IDE Channel[/i] & [i]Secondary IDE Channel[/i] you have listed. I don't know of people having to list both channels. I recommend you use this instead: [code]"IDE CD-ROM (ATAPI 1.2)/PCI IDE Controller" = "RETAIL"[/code] As for the files you should put all of them in both place (including the .CAT). This won't take up much room on your CD and it will be your best bet that it will work. Remember this method *ONLY* works for unattended installs, you need to have the rest of your install working and *NOT* hit F6. Hope this helps.
  22. You can't use F6 with an unattended install. If you could, this forum wouldn't be so gosh darn long. If you are using F6 with a floppy for drivers you are stuck with an attended setup. Some more info on you unattended setup would help us debug it.
  23. You can combine multiple txtsetup.oem files into 1. That is what RASOR does. If you have working txtsetup.oem files, you can almost copy and paste them together. The only things that need to change are the disk section references and you can only have 1 default entry. You may want to look throught the [MassStorageDrivers] thread (stickied) for some more information. You can also try RASOR and see what it does when merging multiple drivers.
  24. @krebobble: the 3ware 7000/8000 drivers are NOT the same as the 3ware 7500 drivers you are referring to. Currently RASOR does NOT have a package for the drivers you are looking for. I will try to get it in, but now that RASOR supports custom packages if someone else could create this package that would be great. I WAS INCORRECT: THIS DOES APPEAR TO BE THE SAME DRIVER @krebobble: RASOR is only part of an unattended install. I have sent you an email about it. RASOR will not work if you aren't running your install unattended. Please see the guide at unattended.msfn.org
  25. I could say something profound. *BUT*....wooo hooo stickied!!!! If someone confirms this: [quote]everything to:     * I386\$OEM$\TEXTMODE\     * I386\$OEM$\ .cpl, .dll, .exe, .vxd to     * I386\$OEM$\$$\OemDir\[/quote] I would certianly implement it in RASOR. [RANT]I'm swamped otherwise I would try it out[/RANT]
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