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I have a working XP unattended install but am trying to add a message to the user prompting them to unplug the ethernet cable, then to hit a key to continue. The message ideally needs to appear before the install starts, but if not then as early as possible in the install. Any suggestions please. :D

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Script the installation using a batch file.

Just have everything exactly as shown:

ECHO Please unplug the ethernet cable before continuing.
PAUSE
<Code for installation. i.e. %SYSTEMROOT%\Applications\Installer.exe>

Well, not exactly. :P Change the last line to whatever you use to install the program. Otherwise, put the path to the executable file.

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The PC may not have an OS installed. there would need to be some kind of OS running to run the batch file. i did try creating a DOS boot CD and running from that(actaully it was a win98 boot cd). The batch file part worked ok, but the windows installation would not start. I guess to do with DOS being 16bit OS and the windows installer needs to be started from a 32bit OS.

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Thanks for the responses. Yes i agree this seems the best method. It hadn't occured to me to use the winnt.exe instead of winnt32.exe. I will have to try a make my own boot disk as the bart version puts lots of text on the screen during the boot. i need a very 'clean' boot with no messages.

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