A+: Installation Method Options
There are several options to consider when installing Windows, including unattended versus attended installations, the type of file system to select, and the network configuration. In an attended installation, you must provide information at various points during the process.
To create an unattended installation, you must create the appropriate type of answer file for the installation type. Windows Vista uses the Windows System Image Manager, and both Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 Professional include the
Setupmgr.exeprogram to aid in the creation of an answer file.
In Windows Vista only the
Unattend.xmlfile is created. This takes the place of all the previous files used by Windows XP/2000.
In Windows XP and Windows 2000 the following files are created:
Unattend.txt— Provides answers when you start the installation from a network share or from a command line.
Sysprep.inf— Provides answers when running the Sysprep mini-setup on a target machine after copying the image file prepared with Sysprep.