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Chapter 4. Unattended Installation and S... > Using Sysprep to Install Windows XP

Using Sysprep to Install Windows XP

Installing Windows XP Professional from scratch on each workstation in a large networked environment would be a daunting task. In this chapter, you learned how to create and use an unattended answer file to help automate the installation setup process. Here, you learn about another tool, called Sysprep. Sysprep allows you to run a Windows XP Setup once and then clone that installation so that you can deploy to multiple workstations quickly, without having to go through Setup each time.

You can use Sysprep in a variety of ways. Use it for simple cloning, for a full, unattended setup, as well as to add additional software or configure the Setup process. This appendix offers a basic overview of Sysprep; if you want to learn more, consult the resource kit or the documentation that comes on the Windows XP installation CD, as this is a very complex tool capable of performing many tasks.


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