Installing Windows XP Professional using Windows Setup Manager Page 2

Using the Windows Setup Manager will help you automate certain Windows XP Professional installations. In order to use Windows Setup Manager you need to install the Windows XP Professional Deployment Tools from the Windows XP Professional CD-ROM.

To start, you need to log on with a user account that is a member of the Administrators group and insert the Windows XP Professional CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive. (If you have AUTORUN enabled the Welcome To Microsoft Windows XP screen, shown below, will appear. Click Exit to close it.)

Open the Windows Explorer and create the folder where the files can be extracted to.

The E:\Setup Tools folder in our example will be used to contain the files extracted from DEPLOY.CAB on the Windows XP Professional CD-ROM. (You can also choose to create a new folder to where you want to extract the files when you open the CAB files. We have performed this step ahead of time in the example.)

Double-click <CDROM DRIVE>:\Support\Tools\Deploy.CAB. The cabinet file will open in the Explorer window and show all of the files. Select them all and right click and then choose EXTRACT.

The Select a Destination window will open. Select the E:\Setup Tools folder we created earlier as the point where to extract the tools to. (Or, as I mentioned before, you could select Make New Folder at this point as well).

When you have finished, the following files will appear in the folder.

We will use setupmgr.exe, the Windows System Manager, to create an unattended setup script.

Double-clicking on the executable will start the Windows Setup Manager Wizard.

Clicking Next will bring up the New Or Existing Answer File page. Since we do not have an existing answer file, we will elect to create a new one and continue.

We are then presented with three different options on the Product to Install page. Since we are creating an answer file for a Windows Unintended Installation (which is selected by default) we will keep this setting and continue.

On the Platform page we will choose our platform for the answer file. (This will be Windows XP Professional, but you are supplied with the options for Windows XP Home Edition and Windows 2002 Server, Advanced Server or Data Center when you use setupmgr.exe, the Windows System Manager, from the Windows XP Professional CDROM).

This article was originally published on Apr 18, 2002
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