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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Ultimate Unattended Windows Installation

I’ve been making ‘slipstream’ Cds for over two years. They save time and money regardless of whether it is sanctioned by Microsoft or not. I know my clients may not care about this story, but for the working geeks out there, I present this: Some poor souls have decided to try to amalgamate the latest version of every known software driver onto one CD for the purposes of creating an unattended Windows XP setup disk that would work on literally any PC. And it looks like they’re making extremely good headway on this project! So far there are 8 driver packs that make up the entire project, supporting: Chipset, CPU, Graphics, LAN, MassStorage, Sound, and WLAN. The final file, Driverpacks BASE contains all the required documentation and batch files to slipstream the drivers onto a Windows XP setup CD, and even includes an UpdateChecker to ensure everything is as up-to-date as it can be. Hats off to uAwiki.org and DriverPacks.net for making my life easier.

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