Installing using Windows Setup Manager (cont.) Page 3

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On the User Interaction Level page, the following five options are displayed:

Provide Defaults. This setting causes default selections to appear to the end user as the operating system installs itself on a workstation. The user can accept the default answers or change any of the answers supplied by the script.

Fully Automated. A Fully Automated installation does not allow the user the chance to review or change the answers supplied by the script.

Hide Pages. This setting causes default selections to be hidden. Pages for which the script supplies all answers are hidden from the user.

Read Only. Pages for which the script supplies all answers are viewable by the user but the user cannot change the answers.

GUI Attended. The text-mode portion of the installation is automated, but the user must supply the answers for the GUI-mode portion of the installation.

We will choose FULLY AUTOMATED and continue.

On the Distribution Folder page you can create a distribution folder on your local computer or network containing the required source files. You can add files to this distribution folder to further customize your installation.

For this demonstration we will select, No This Answer File Will Be Used To Install From A CD, and then click Next to continue.

On the License Agreement page you will need to select the checkbox to accept the terms of the License Agreement in order to successfully continue.

The next page that comes up is the Customize the Software page. As you can see here and in the left hand column, all of the prompts are exactly like the ones you would expect to see during an attended install. You are answering them all here, just once, for use each time in the future.

The last entry of the General Settings section is Providing the Product Key.

During a fully automated install, you must supply a Product Key or you will receive an error message.

If you were to use Provide Defaults or GUI Attended user interaction levels, you would be allowed to leave this page blank. Also, if you provide a bogus key on the Product Key page, the Wizard will continue, but, the fully automated install will halt when it reaches this point, as the key is invalid.


This article was originally published on Apr 18, 2002
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