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Unattended Windows XP installation


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Have you ever wanted a Windows XP CD that would install Windows XP by automatically putting in your name, product key, timezone and regional settings? Followed by silently installing all your favourite applications along with the latest DirectX, .Net Framework and then all the Windows Critical Updates, registry tweaks, updated drivers, and a readily patched UXTheme.dll without any user interaction whatsoever? Then this guide will show you how you can do just that!

Target Audience: Home users - who are taking up a time-consuming process of re-installing Windows, manually installing essential applications, downloading windows updates, and tweaking their OS to perfection on every re-format.

Difficulty: Requires intermediate experience on Microsoft Windows XP and a basic knowledge of how batch commands function.

MSFN's Unattended XP CD - Introduction

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By the way, the article does not deal with how to integrate the new Windows XP Service Pack 2 into an existing installation of XP (so called "slipstreaming") directly. Various guides can be found on the net about this. With integrating the SP2 into a WinXP installation CD you can save a lot of time and XP is up to date right after its installation. Up to now there are no further patches available for WinXP after the SP2 was released. That means you got an up-to-date XP right after the installation without having to download and install everything manually.

One of those guides can be found here:

www.windows-help.net

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