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Using Interactive Answer Files for Installation

The answer file is the cornerstone of any automated installation routine. If you used answer files under Windows 2000, the concept and purpose haven't changed: The answer file provides the answers for both the text mode setup and GUI mode setup portions of the install, relieving end users or technicians from manually completing this repetitive task. Naturally, this speeds up the install process, increases the accuracy over manual data entry, and serves as a form of documentation. The basic structure of the file is the same for a CD-based unattended install, an over-the-network scripted install, an RIS-based install, or an OS image using SYSPREP.

Creating an Answer File

Creating an answer file can be as easy as running a wizard or as complex as manually creating the entire file in Notepad. Personally, I prefer the wizard to create the initial file and Notepad for post-wizard tweaking. To start the Windows Setup Manager Wizard, go to the C:\DEPLOYTOOLS directory and run SETUPMGR.EXE.


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