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Windows PE & Office 2003 - How do I integrate both?


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Hi everyone,

I am brand new to this forum so please be nice in helping me with the proper etiquette here while I start out as a newbie.

This is what I am looking to do:

Create a DVD that will install both Windows XP SP2 and Office 2003 without any user intervention.

This is what I have on hand to get the job done:

Windows PE 2005

Windows XP SP2

Server 2003 SP1

SMS 2003 SP1

Virtual PC 2004

VMware Workstation 5.5

My knowledge of Windows PE is next to nothing. I have been reading various articles by GOSH which have given me incite but I am still lost.

So if any one can help point me in the right direction or either documents or posts I would appreciate it.

I have done numerous searches on here and Google but I just can not find what I need to get started with the lack of knowledge I have with Windows PE.

Many thanks in advance,


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First off I would recommend reading the opk.chm and winpe.chm, they are extremely useful and pretty much tell you how to add a XPSP2 install to your DVD.

You also may want to look at the guides provided by MSFN:


They cover the slipstreaming and unattended installation for both XP and Office.

1. Create your custom WinPE, with all scripts and UA answer files you need.

2. Copy XP and Office files to the winpe tempdir

3. Edit either your startnet.bat or winpeshl.ini to copy/launch your install

3. Build your pe ISO DVD

4. Test it in VPC or VMWare

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