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Thread: Unattended and Slipstreamed Windoze Install CD or even DVD.

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    I recently (read, since about couple of years ago) found myself installing XPPro on several boxes and got tired
    of the Windows Default setting and typing the serials and whatnot.

    Then I found this site with tons of info about how to make a XP boot CD.

    The point is, after I've done me a CD with Windose Xp Pro Corporate which is
    Unattented install, meaning, I only have to choose the partition and hassle with RAID drivers if needed,
    it will run the CD untill it you're on Desktop with Admin account.
    It has the Service Pack 2 and this update pack integrated on the CD allready.

    I got Royale Theme and other tweaks on it too. Extra Fonts and Media and whatnot...
    The tweaks part is the neat part of it.
    With importing registry entrys I finally got a WinXP the way I want it
    "straight from the box".
    There's no "Take Tour" balloons, most of the useless shortcuts are gone,
    no EULAs poppin on yer face.
    One can Disable or Enable all the crappy services thats ON by default.

    I used the nLite to slipstream the SP2 and Hotfixes,
    removed crap like MSN Explorer, and the ability to Upgrade from Win95/98/ME to XP with this CD.
    And punch of other stuff like language files, pics from My Docs etc.
    In the end I got about 200MB extra space to have for my own Programs
    and some Drivers, which can be made to install with the windows,
    I chose not to as they'll be "old" after half a year or so.

    This CD has speed up my Windows Install process a lot,
    plus it is near-perfect after its installed, its Windoze so...



    One word of caution, it has taken me months to learn and tweak the final version of my XP cd.
    It all depends how much you want to teak it. That will take time.

    Anyways, thought I share this experience. There might be other loonies like me out there.


    No, this is not really a Guide. Cuz im just linkin to other places, hehe....

    Toodloo.
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    Oh, to add something.

    If you just want to Slipstream SP2 on XP or something,
    that nLite does it for ya real quick. it has built in Tweaks and
    Drivers integration, it can make an ISO of it to burn etc... A really cool tool imo.

    The "Adding own programs and Tweaks" took a lot of time
    from me. Basically because I was adding too much stuff and
    debugging took helluva lot time.

    I realised to not to add much programs on the install.

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    Great idea ! My friend has one with all her app's on it , so now I'm curious . But as you say the drivers are not a great idea. Her's had her Mobo drivers intergrated . Big mistake when she had to change her mobo because of bursting capacitors. Took us a while to figure out why her system had so many errors, after a reinstall .

    I did notice a program called winwait , that seemed to help with installing all the goodies she had added. Does that come with Nlite ?
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    Note: I'll only add direct download links IF the author doesn't provide a webpage for their tool, since that would take me an enourmous amount of time to update this thread when a new version is out!

    Note2: I hope authors don't mind me copying their programs's descriptions. If you do, please leave a reply to remove. Thanks!

    Windows XP


    XPCREATE

    Author: GreenMachine

    Support: Sub-forum

    Purpose:

    Code:
    XPCREATE is a utility program that will combine an original XP distribution and assorted hotfixes and updates to produce an up-to-date XP Distibution CD. XPCREATE allows the user to define custon installations and setup programs, but it's main richness lies in the slipstreaming of most available updates and hotfixes, thus insuring the integrity of both the initial installation, and the physical CD media. Slipstreaming the latest hotfixes and updates is important in avoiding possible vulnurability attacks during the setup phase, and in avoiding the need to re-apply hotfixes after a windows component is added or removed.
        
     When run, XPCREATE connects to an Internet server to obtain a list of hotfixes that must be downloaded for your Windows version. This list will be used to determine which files must be downloaded from the internet, and which files are already present locally. If your language or version does not appear to be supprted, please post a message in the MSFN forums.
        
        The main goals of XPCREATE are:
        
     1. Provide an automated procedure to produce a Windows XP Distribution that, once installed, will require zero updates, either critical or recommended, as shown on the Windows Update Site.
           2. Integrate the service packs, hotfixes and updates as completly as possible into the Windows XP Distribution.
     3. Perform the above two tasks with a minimum of user intervention or file manipulation in order to make Updated XP CD Distributions available to all XP users, regardless of level of expertise.

    nLite

    Author: nuhi

    Support: Sub-forum

    Purpose:

    Code:
    nLite is a GUI for permanent Windows component removal by your choice. After removal there is an option to make bootable image ready for burning on cd or testing in virtual machines. So that means that with nLite you will be able to have Windows installation cd which on installation doesn't install, or even contain on cd, unwanted components.
        
     Maybe you won't believe it at first but it's not easy to not install what you don't want when it comes to Windows. It involves many setup files to be edited carefully without interfering with basic Windows components.
        
     After some thinking I decided to make generic removal tool with a GUI, for an easy removal in order to run Windows faster and more reliable (I sound like Windows setup). So that means nLite should work on every Windows version.Now it supports Windows 2000, XP and 2003, Longhorn will be added when it's released.

    XPlode

    Author: Wraith

    Support: Sub-forum

    Purpose:

    Code:
    XPlode is a tool which aids installation of programs during a Windows 2000, XP or 2003 installation.
     It gives the ability to add users to the system, run programs, create shortcuts, modify the registry, and perform file and directory operations, all during a Windows installation.
        
     XPlode uses an XML script and a plugin architecture so you can modify what it does, how it runs, and only include the commands you need to use.
    Windows Installation Helper Utility

    Author: my2001

    Support: Sub-forum

    Purpose:

    Code:
    WIHU is an easy to use tool for user account creation and software installation, i.e. it allows the user to select software which should or should not be installed. After selection is finished it runs the desired applications automatically. Automated software installation is by the way the main purpose of WIHU.
     And moreover user accounts can be modified/created/deleted as well including their specific settings like placement of the windows system folders like "My pictures" etc. WIHU is generally intended to be used for unattended windows installations.
    Windows XP SP2 Update Pack

    Author: RyanVM

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    The purpose of this pack is to replace files on the Windows XP install CD (with SP2 integrated) with the updated files from hotfixes issued since the release of Service Pack 2. This pack provides many advantages over other methods of hotfix integration:
        
     	* Direct integration means that all hotfixed files are integrated into your CD from the start. No need to worry about your computer being insecure in the time prior to the installation of hotfixes.
     	* This pack automatically adds the necessary registry entries Windows Update and qfecheck look for when determining if a hotfix is properly installed.
     	* This pack installs the needed Security Catalogs for the hotfixed files so that Windows File Protection recognizes and protects them. (This only applies to hotfixed files)
     	* Once extracted into the i386 directory, the Lite pack requires only an extra 0.91MB and the Full pack an extra 1.85MB on the install CD.
        	* Natively supported by nLite 0.99.1 and later for automatic integration.

    Unattended Codec-Pack

    Author: swgreed

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    Includes several codecs for your unattended XP CD:
        * QuickTime Codecs [version 6.5.1.17]
        * RealMedia Codecs [version 6.0.12.1053]
        * DivX Pro 5.2.1 [Decoder]
        * XviD 1.0.2 [Encoder/Decoder]
        * Windows Media 8 [version 8.0.0.371]
        * Windows Media 9 VCM [version 9.0.1.369] [Encoder]
        * Windows Media 10 [version 10.0.0.3646]
        * Cyberlink DVD Decoder [version 5.0.0.1130]
        * Elecard MPEG-2 decoder [version 2.0.0.2525]
        * Elecard MPEG 2 Demultiplexer [version 2.0.84.30429]
        * Ligos Indeo XP [version 5.2820.15.58]
        * Intel Indeo [version 4.51.16.2]
        * Intel Indeo [version 3.24.15.03]
        * Intel I.263 [version 2.55.1.16]
        * MS MPEG-4 [version 4.1.0.3927] [Encoder]
        * On2 VP6 6.2.6.0 [Encoder/Decoder]
        * Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 DirectShow Decoder [version 1.9.0.311]
        * Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 Encoder [version 3.3.0.44]
        * WMA DirectShow Decoder [version 8.0.0.4487]
        * AC3 Filter 1.01a RC5
        * Directvobsub 2.33
        * Ogg Vorbis [version 1.1.0]
        * GSpot 2.52 beta 1 build 2004-09-15

    Link: Download v2.2


    SFC_OS.DLL Hack for Windows XP SP2 Final

    Author: RaveRod

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    Disable Windows File Protection. Special note for the author: "You DO NOT need the sfcfiles.dll file, found in this thread, to disable WFP. The sfcfiles.dll file only allows you to delete files and folders in the Program Files directory. It doesn't disable WFP."

    Windows XP Unattended XP CD SlipStreamer Plus

    Author: Mhz

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    I have created a program that should help some newbie's enter into the unattend cd arena. While it will not do it all. No program can cater for that. This should help to some cause. But anyone's opinion's on improvement are welcome.
     This is based for an unattended, user account made, runonceex with regtweaks etc. Example files are generated. It will help as far as I think some will need without going overboard. Give it a try and please give me some feedback.
    Link:Download v1.2


    TCPIP.SYS

    Author: SiMoNsAyS

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    Change TCPIP.SYS limitation to 100 connections
    Link: Download


    Windows Post-Install Wizard

    Author: hasi001

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    Windows Post-Install Wizard (WPI for short) is a hypertext application designed for giving users choice. While Windows XP offers many ways of customizing the setup process out of the box, its major drawback is the lack of being able to select which applications an end user may install. In the past, end users and administrators needed to either download the files manually, or create overly complex scripts that could only be used once. WPI allows you to create one image, which can then be custom configured, and optionally, automated, so that end users can install any applications.
     	WPI was designed by Derek McCabe (Whimsy). It was created for end users to have a simplified interface for installing applications, and as a learnerís project for Hypertext applications.
        
        	Coolsights2000 developed a new branch of the app, calling it version 3.
        
     	Derek and several others maintained the original branch for some time. Then bishooman and gresh announced version 2.7. It was the moment when I began using this cool piece of soft, but I needed some more options and features. So I decided to add new functionality and share it with others ...


    kTool

    Author: kenedy

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    AutoIT script for installing/selecting software. Works in GUI/Silent mode
        Can work from GuiRunOnce/cmdlines.txt/Detached
        Supports restarting (if any of installed software requires restart, PC is restarted and program execution is continued)
     Autologon - if restarts are needed it (optionally) asks for currently logged on user password and writes autologon information to registry. Only required number of logons are written. Currently Win2000/XP only.
        Separate software list for each Windows version (95/98/NT4/ME/2000/XP)
    Link: Download v1.1a


    Registry Tweaks

    Author: prathapml (compilator, not the actual reg. keys creator)

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    Compilation of several registry tweaks, interesting for unattended projects.
    Link: Download



    Software Installation Selection

    Author: IcemanND

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    Installs.exe is similar in function to Installs.vbs, though right now is has more options than installs.vbs.
     Another difference is that you can run it at anypoint during an unattended install, at least so far in my experience, from runonce, from cmdlines.txt. Since it does not use IE it does not require a user profile like the VBS did.
    Link: Download v2.3.15


    areSilentInstall

    Author: a-dead-trousers

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    I created a program to get around the problem that you want to use one Windows XP Unattend installation but have a different software configuration for every machine you got. You just have to burn one CD with all different sorts of software and to include areSilentInstall instead of RunOnceExec.bat in the XP CD.
        
     At the end of the XP installation (cmdlines.txt) the program will be started and then you're able to select the path where to search for installation files (install.ini).
        You just have to create a installation file for every single program you want to install.
        
        I think the whole program is a kind of XPLode, but much simpler.
    Link: Download v1.0



    NirCMD

    Author: Nirsoft (reported by RogueSpear)

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    NirCmd is a small command-line utility that allows you to do some useful tasks without displaying any user interface. By running NirCmd with simple command-line option, you can write and delete values and keys in the Registry, write values into INI file, dial to your internet account or connect to a VPN network, restart windows or shut down the computer, create shortcut to a file, change the created/modified date of a file, change your display settings, turn off your monitor, open the door of your CD-ROM drive, and more...

    AutoIT

    Author: AutoIT
    Support: AutoIT Script Collection

    Purpose:

    Code:
    AutoIt v3 is an opensource BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI. It uses a combination of simulated keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation in order to automate tasks in a way not possible or reliable with other languages (e.g. VBScript and SendKeys).
        
     AutoIt was initially designed for PC "roll out" situations to configure thousands of PCs, but with the arrival of v3 it is also well suited to performing home automation and the scripting of repetitive tasks.
        
        AutoIt can:
        
        	*  Provide a general-purpose scripting language 
        	*  Execute Windows and DOS executables
        	*  Simulate keystrokes (supports most keyboard layouts)
        	*  Simulate mouse movements and clicks
        	*  Move, resize and manipulate windows
     	* Interact directly with "controls" on a window (set/get text from edit controls, check boxes and radio buttons, select items in drop-down lists, etc.)
        	*  Work with the clipboard to cut/paste text items
        	*  Work with the registry


    Make your own personalized setup boot screen

    Author: Astalavista

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    Change the default Winntbbu.dll that comes with your original Windows XP CD. Note that Winntbbu.dll is the dll that's responsible for the setup screen during the installation process. The thread linked on 'Support' has a tutorial create by Astalavista that teaches you how to modify it. Have fun!
    Image:

    Note: If you're interested on this kind of mods, be sure to check this lovely thread with completed setup screens, create by MSFN members.


    Universal Switch Finder

    Author: ZoSTeR

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    This is a little program that can automatically determine which silent switches can be used with a setup file
    Link: Download



    Hotfixes

    Author: Incroyable HULK (compilator)

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    The following is a complete list of all critical HotFixes (patches) along with download link and switches examples for:
        - Windows 2000 Professional with Service Pack 4
        - Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1
        - Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2


    Notepad2

    Author: flo's software

    Support: None

    Purpose:

    Code:
    The original Notepad shipped with Windows is probably the handiest program of all times, small, fast, without frills! Notepad2 tries to follow this principle, it's a small, fast and free text editor with syntax highlighting for HTML and other common languages.

    RunOnceEx.cmd Creator

    Author: eagle00789

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    Easier way to create your own RunOnceEx.cmd if you're new to unattended installs. Also includes some default lines for well-known programs.
    Link: Download



    Unattended CD Creator

    Author: maxXPsoft

    Support: Thread (MSFN)
    Support: Thread (maxxpsoft)

    Purpose:

    Code:
    Unattended XP Pro or Home CD Creator with SP2 /Integrate if needed
        This is a very simple application that creates all the necessary file's for you to create your own backup XP CD.
        
     This app saves copies your files and saves locations. It will do everything in STEPS and copy the files as needed. Saving the Paths if you start over. Processing Hotfixes, Applications, and all the necessary steps to create your own backup XP CD with everything set up on install. No more installing, then spending countless hours setting all your programs up. Put the CD in and go take a shower.
        
        I have added many feature's like:
     Automatic splitting of RunoncEX, TEXTMODE, Complete Integrate of Hotfixes or security Updates, Rar/7Zip/Cab of Favorites, Docs and Settings, Compression of $1 Folder at 700 mb, simple FLAG entries to copy Registry settings, Files, or Entire Folder's as RunoncEX executes getting your current settings



    Office 2003


    Office Shrink

    Author: buckeyeXP

    Support: Thread

    Purpose:

    Code:
    This will shrink the source of Office 2K3, XP, and 2K!
    Link: Download


    That's it for now. Later on, I'll add much more files/tools that you might eventually need (such as other RyanVM's files, ntoskrnl, CMD2EXE, etc...

    Have fun!

    Changelog:



    • 25-11-2004 - FIX: WPI changed to a newer version and different author, requested by gresh







      25-11-2004 - NEW: Unattended CD Creator added







      25-11-2004 - FIX: Title of Winntbbu.dll changed and added an image, as requested by author







      25-11-2004 - FIX: kTool Author/Support link changed. Sorry for the mistake kenedy







      24-11-2004 - NEW: RunOnceEx.cmd Creator added







      24-11-2004 - NEW: Universal Switch Finder added







      24-11-2004 - NEW: AutoIT v3 added







      24-11-2004 - NEW: Post is now pinned. Thanks Drewdatrip!







      24-11-2004 - NEW: Notepad2 added







      24-11-2004 - NEW: Hotfixes added







      24-11-2004 - NEW: NirCMD added







      24-11-2004 - NEW: Setup screens added







      24-11-2004 - NEW: areSilentInstall added







      24-11-2004 - NEW: Office 2003 "section"







      24-11-2004 - NEW: Software Installation Selection







      24-11-2004 - FIX: Changed support thread for Windows XP SP2 Pack from RyanVM







      23-11-2004 - FIX: Wrong indication for kTool
    And thats not all...

    If you ask more, im forced to quote more stuff from the
    Unattebded Windows forums.


    I suggest you go and take a look on here (for example), its a tremendous source for
    making a custom XP, install CD or just customizing etc.

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    Oh yeah, about the "winwait", I havent seen that app yet.
    But other ppl use a little app called sleep.exe.
    Get it from here, and there's very usefull little apps too.

    A little quote how it works:
    You may come across a program that ignores the "start /wait" syntax, due to the program itself launching another process. Sleep.exe can be used to pause your batch for any number of seconds to allow the program to install fully before the batch file proceeds to install anything else.

    Extract sleep.zip, and then copy sleep.exe into: C:\XPCD\$OEM$\$$\System32\ (This allows sleep to be executed from anywhere when placed in the \Windows\System32 Directory)

    Usage: sleep.exe 30

    (the above syntax will halt your batch file for 30 seconds)
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    @Afronaut, Its a great thread , I 'm sure most of us are tired of formatting and farting around installing all our tweaks and apps manualy ! Good work!

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    That registry tweak thread file is amazing thanks

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    Here's 3 more links talking about Slipstreaming:

    The Elder Geek


    Neowin

    Winsupersite


    I might add more stufflater to this thread if I find something interesting.
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    The absolutely marvellous application that comes from MSFN in my opinion has to be the nLite,
    but there's more, and the site is going forward fast.

    I wonder when my little ripoff here comes a tad old, hehe.

    Anyhoo, some more info:
    In my recent XP cd I also started using RyanVM's Hotfix packages.
    What it does:
    Directly integrate all post-SP2 hotfixes, plus a few other updates.
    The Extras on that Hotfix pack has the really juicy part, imo:

    Other Extras Included
    CMDOW 1.4.3.0 X X
    Copy To/Move To Context Menu Shell Extension X
    Macromedia Shockwave Flash 7.0.19.0 ActiveX Control X X
    Macrovision SafeDisc Driver Fix 4.00.060 X X X
    Microsoft Cabarc 1.00.0601 (From CAB SDK) X
    Microsoft Calculator Plus 1.0 (Replaces calc.exe) X X
    Microsoft HighMAT CD Writing Wizard (KB831240) X X
    Microsoft Makecab 1.00.0601 (From CAB SDK, doesn't mess up file dates) X X
    Microsoft OpenType Font Properties Extension 2.1 X
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Client 5.2.3790.1830 X X
    Microsoft Universal Audio Architecture High Definition Audio Class Driver Version 1.0a (KB888111) X X X
    Microsoft Qfecheck 5.0.2195.4605 X X
    Microsoft Web Folders 9.60.6715.0 (KB892211) X X
    Microsoft Windows Script 5.6.8825 X X X
    ModifyPE 0.81 X
    MSXML 4.0 SP2 (Includes KB887606 Hotfix) X X X
    MSXML 5.0 X X X
    Sysinternals Filemon 7.0 (Shortcut created in Accessories\System Tools) X
    Sysinternals Process Explorer 9.03 (Shortcut created in Accessories\System Tools) X
    Sysinternals PsShutdown 2.42 X
    Sysinternals Regmon 7.0 (Shortcut created in Accessories\System Tools) X
    Unlocker 1.6.1 X
    UPX 1.25 X
    Windows Update 5.4.3790.2182 X X X

    Registry Tweaks Included
    DSO Exploit registry fix that Spybot Search & Destroy complains about X X X
    KB873374 - Microsoft GDI+ Detection Tool X X X
    KB890830 - Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 1.4
    :

    This suppose to be integrated on your UnAttented Windows XP install CD,
    it wont work right if you run the Hotfix from desktop.

    But if you're into making a UACD, I highly recommend adding this pack,
    you wont need to Update the box after the install so much and
    you got a little better protection against nasties right after install.

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    The other little gem is the Driverpack from B‚shrat the Sneaky

    With the pack its possible to have all sort of latest driver in your XP install CD.



    Here's the thread in MSFN.

    Yes, I could have ripped more info to this thread,
    but for possible support issues I think its better to talk to the man himself.
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