Windows XP deployment tips?
Hello. I have a small company that sells PCs via the net. The user can customize every aspect of the machine, and has the choice of buying Windows (XP), which is installed by us so the user receives the machine in a ready-to-rock state.
You should be able to "slipstream" the XP installation so you end up with a fully, (or nearly fully patched machines)
That's the great thing about installing Windows. When the machine boots for the first time, you're about 60 percent done. Now go getcher patches.
Thanks.. that helps. While I'm at it I'm also looking into the "unattended installation" thing. That, combined with the slipstreaming thing, is pretty much what I was looking for.
Microsoft provides OEM "pre-install" tools (free of charge, I think) to help companies that sell PCs to pre-install Windows on the systems that they build to sell to their customers. This is not only for big companies - according to their web site, it's available even if you only build one system a month. It allows you to buy licenses and copy (using disk imaging, for example) the Windows operating system to each system that you build in a state that's not quite fully installed and will work on any system even if the motherboard and other hardware components are different. When the purchaser (or you, if you are finalizing the install for your customer) first boots the system, it asks for the license key, detects the hardware and finalizes the installation. You should be installing the latest OEM kit when you do this (which is SP1, maybe even with later patches).
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